The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday September 21, 2015 - 5pm Eastern time
  • Grantees’ Work

    Fanaticus: The Roots of Extreme Fan Violence

    June 22nd, 2015

    FanaticusFrom Justine Gubar, Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan, an investigation of fan violence in the United States and around the globe, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

    Gubar conducted original interviews of victims and perpetrators to explore the roots, and the modern manifestation, of fan mayhem. Her investigation also explores the role of sports leagues and the security and beverage industries.

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

    Jailers Without Jails

    June 22nd, 2015

    County-Jailer-Boone-Mahon-800x533From R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the story of jailers elected to watch over jails that don’t exist. They have nothing to do, but collect their paychecks.

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

    Photo credit: Jacob Ryan

    Stateless: The Ultimate Legal Limbo

    June 18th, 2015

    american-samoaFrom Moises Mendoza for Newsweek, a report on the legal limbo that defines “stateless” people who do not have citizenship in any country. He also reported on residents of the U. S. Territories, denied citizenship and the right to vote. John Oliver commented on the absurdity of their status. Mendoza has compiled his multi-media reporting on the Stateless Voices website.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Shaminder Dulai


    World Bank Accused of Unfair Evictions

    June 18th, 2015

    NPRFrom Jeanne Baron, for NPR. The World Bank finances development to fight poverty around the world. It has conceded there can be “serious shortcomings” in its practices – as people get uprooted.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Jeanne Baron

    A Fragile Peace in Ciudad Juarez

    June 1st, 2015

    Informacion GeneralFrom Ana Arana for El Daily Post: her team’s two-part investigation of drug trafficking and policing in Ciudad Juarez, once the murder capital of the world, pinpoints how and why the violence came to an end, but also describes a fragile peace that may be a temporary illusion. Click here to read part one and part two.

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

    Photo credit: Hector Dayer

    Addicted in Puerto Rico, Homeless in Chicago

    April 16th, 2015

    SONY DSCFrom Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, a fellow at the Social Justice News Nexus, at Northwestern University, reporting for This American Life and WBEZ-Chicago: the government of Puerto Rico buys one-way tickets to send drug addicts to Chicago, with promises of drug treatment and housing. But the addicts get no treatment and no housing. If they want to go back home, they’re on their own.

    [Major funding for this report was provided by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, with additional funding from The Gannett Foundation and the Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

    “Dirty Little Souvenirs”

    April 16th, 2015

    Off-Rio-Bravo2From Kent Paterson for Frontera NorteSur, part one of an investigation of the legacy of a demolished 100-year old plant in El Paso Texas. The Asarco smelter is gone but the metal contamination in surrounding neighborhoods lives on. In part two and part three, Paterson investigates the impact on workers’ health.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Bob Chessey

    Chinese Factory Workers: Poisoned and Unprotected

    April 9th, 2015

    chinahealthcare-932x621From Michael Blanding and Heather White for Wired, the story of workers at many electronics factories in China: exposed to toxic industrial chemicals, then abused by the workers’ compensation system. Responsibility is buried along many tiers of sub-contractors. Heather White’s video dramatizes the human cost.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Sim Chi Yin

    Juvenile or Adult Court? In Louisiana, It Varies

    April 2nd, 2015

    JoshFrom Caitlin McNally for the New Orleans Advocate: In Louisiana, the decision to try a juvenile as an adult depends on the Parish where the crime took place, and the prosecutor in charge. At stake: adult sentences are longer; prison time is served with adult criminals. McNally reports on the fate of one teen charged with armed robbery. View the video and story here. The Advocate’s investigation finds that young offenders in New Orleans are much more likely to face adult court, and adult time. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Caitlin McNally

    Last Stop Before Eviction

    March 17th, 2015

    Cropped Bronx Housing CourtFrom Kate Pastor, for City Limits, a series on Bronx Housing Court, overwhelmed with cases, with little help available for tenants about to lose their housing.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adi Talwar