The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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

  • Probation Departments Add to Woes of the Young and Undocumented

    LostBoysFrom Yvette Cabrera for Voice of OC: Hundreds, if not thousands, of children have been turned over by probation departments across California to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed in deportation proceedings. In doing so, some probation officers have violated the privacy and legal rights of the children, broken up families and put children and families in limbo, sometimes for years.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Daniel A. Anderson for Voice of OC

    Slums Homes Gone; Justice Sought in Lagos

    IMG_7155 copyFrom Allyn Gaestel for Al Jazeera America, homes for the poor burn to the ground in Lagos as luxury apartments and commercial districts take their place. In extreme cases, impoverished residents have been murdered; thugs are blamed but long time residents suspect a connection with the real estate developments that are pushing them out.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Allyn Gaestel

    Municipal Taxes: How Millions are Confiscated

    Locka-Vendor StallsFrom Christian Locka for Info-Afrique, the story of private contractors hired to conduct raids to collect taxes.  Local vendors complain the tactics used are illegal and the money collected does not improve roads or schools in Cameroon.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Christian Locka

    The Polluted Drinking Waters of Ghana

    ogyam2From Kwabena Adu Korenteng for NewsGhana, the story of polluted waters caused by the dumping of toxic waste and human excrement. The pollution threatens the health of four million people who rely on the River Densu for basic drinking water.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Alex Bentil

    Apply for Investigative Reporting Grants

    (Washington) – The deadline for applying for a reporting grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is approaching. Apply by September 21, at 5pm Eastern time, to be considered in the next round of grant-making. The September deadline marks the last round of 2015. The following application deadline will be Monday, February 1, 2016.

    FIJ makes grants to independent and freelance reporters to cover reporting costs for investigative stories that expose wrongdoing. FIJ grants have been awarded for investigations of human rights abuses, corruption, exploitation, environmental degradation, abuse of power by public officials and powerful private institutions, inequality, and economic inequities. FIJ welcomes proposals on these topic areas, as well as others, with a particular interest in stories that break new ground.

    FIJ also encourages applications from ethnic media, and from journalists of color.

    Applicants will be notified of grant decisions in late October.

    The typical grant award is $5,000 and covers the expenses of reporting. Small stipends are also considered. For more detailed instructions, go to the online application form: After reading the instructions,  you are welcome to direct questions about the application process to Sandy Bergo,

    Cracks in the Foundation of a Charter School System

    N.O.SchoolFrom Colleen Kimmett for In These Times, an investigation of  post-Katrina New Orleans schools. Under new management, most New Orleans public schools are now charter schools. The schools operated by the state-run Recovery School District represent the first all-charter district in the nation. The results so far? Graduation rates are up. Test scores are up. But discipline is strict, leading to high expulsion rates. What else is lost: community control, African-American teachers, special needs students, and neighborhood-centered schools.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]