(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

The Investigative Reporter Project of Occupy.com.

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.