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, [email protected].