WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,000 in grants for 16 independent investigative projects in the United States and overseas.

The grants pay expenses such as travel, document collection, and small stipends. The Fund’s grant-making program is made possible by support from the Park Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Nara Fund, and generous donations from family foundations and individuals.  Special funding from the Green Park Foundation also enabled the Fund to underwrite investigations of climate change, and of poverty.

Journalists receiving grants are:

Jason Berry, author and free-lance journalist

Michael Blanding and Heather White, writers specializing in environmental, human rights, and corporate responsibility issues

Sasha Chavkin, New York City based investigative reporter

Dan Christensen, Broward Bulldog

Reid Frazier, Pittsburgh public radio reporter

Anne Galloway, Vermont Journalism Trust/VTDigger.org

Jacqueline Ginley, California-based investigative reporter

Sara Gregory, Student Press Law Center

Sujin Kim, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism

Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, Native American Times contributor

Amy Lieberman, reporter with specialty in environmental and human rights investigations

Robert McClure, InvestigateWest

Jarrett Murphy, City Limits

Xiaoqing Rong, Sing Tao Daily

Gwyneth Shaw, New Haven Independent

Adam Welz, multi-media journalist with specialty in environmental coverage

The subjects of the investigations are confidential until published.

In addition to funding, grantees are eligible for mentoring by veteran members of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Selected grantees may also be eligible for fellowships with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Reporting at Brandeis University.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided funding for Seymour Hersh to investigate the My Lai massacre. Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage. Since then, many other Fund-supported writers have won prestigious journalism awards for their work.

Read more about Fund-supported projects and instructions for grant applications at www.fij.org. Journalists with questions about applying are encouraged to contact Sandy Bergo 202-662-7564, or fundfij@gmail.com.