(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded nearly $80,000 in grants to support journalists working on 18 projects in the United States and abroad. The journalists are investigating negligence, corruption, and abuse of power in fields such as mental health, government contracting, and criminal justice.

Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, equipment rental; smalls stipend are also considered as part of the overall grant. A typical grant is $5,000.

The following reporters received FIJ awards:

Mark Betancourt, DC-based multimedia journalist

Mariah Blake, Mother Jones

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad and Rafael Franco Steeves, fellows with the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University

Beth Cortez-Neavel, Austin-based multimedia and data journalist

Allyn Gaestel, international freelance journalist

Wanjohi Kabukuru, Kenya-based journalist

Jeff Kelly-Lowenstein, journalist and Columbia College of Chicago journalism professor

Jeremy Knop, Montana Center for Investigative Reporting

Christian Locka, multi-media investigative reporter

Claudine LoMonaco, Berlin-based freelance reporter and radio producer

Daniel McGraw, Cleveland-based investigative reporter and author

Caitlin McNally, documentary filmmaker

Christopher Richard, LA-based investigative reporter

Mark Richardson, investigative reporter specializing in government and politics

Joseph Sorrentino, Albuquerque-based photographer and journalist, focused on the US-Mexico border region

Loren Stein, DC-based investigative journalist

Estacio Valoi, Mozambican investigative journalist

WAMU-Radio investigative staff

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, 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.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: FIJ is currently accepting applications for its next round of grant-making. The deadline is Monday, September 8, at 5pm Eastern time.