The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Deadline: May 13, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Grants Awarded

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $71,300 in grants to journalists working on 15 projects in the United States and around the world. With FIJ grants, journalists investigate abuse of power in the public and private sectors. The financial support helps freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for equipment used for multi-media story-telling. FIJ also pays small stipends. A typical grant is $5,000.

    The following reporters and non-profit news organizations received grants:

    Ana Arana, Mexico City-based reporter

    Ken Armstrong, Seattle-based author

    Amy Bracken, Boston-based freelance reporter and radio producer

    Olga Ceaglei, investigative reporter from the Republic of Moldova

    Steve Fisher and Anabel Hernández, fellows, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

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    Kay Mastenbroek, Myanmar based journalist and film maker

    Jarrett Murphy, executive editor and publisher, City Limits

    Mark Olalde, Chicago-based investigative reporter

    Camila Osorio, Colombian investigative reporter based in New York.

    Christopher Pala, free-lance journalist based in Washington, D.C., with special interest in Pacific issues

    Miranda Spivack, Washington-based reporter specializing in accountability stories

    Kolawole Talabi is an independent storyteller based in Ibadan, Nigeria

    Lee van der Voo, author

    Nancy West, New Hampshire based investigative reporter

    The Fund’s program of grant-making for domestic stories is supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, and The Gannett Foundation. Domestic and foreign projects are supported by The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Green Park Foundation. General support has been granted by The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nara Fund, The Herb Block Foundation, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    Grant Application Deadline Approaching

    (Washington) Reminder: the deadline to submit proposals for grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism is approaching. The upcoming deadline is Monday, May 11, at 5pm Eastern time. The Fund’s Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power in the public or private sectors.

    A typical grant is $5,000 and covers out-of-pocket expenses. Small stipends are considered as part of the grant.

    Detailed instructions are here:

    The next deadlines are set for September 21, 2015 and February 1, 2016 – both at 5pm Eastern Time.

    Executive Director Sandy Bergo welcomes questions about the application process and requirements by email,, or phone, 202-662-7564.