FIJ Announces Grant Awards


The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $62,700 in grants to support journalists working on 14 projects in the United States, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The journalists are investigating corruption, malfeasance, and abuse of power in the public and private sectors.

Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, and equipment rental. Recently FIJ has begun to award small stipends as part of the overall grant. A typical grant is $5,000.

The following reporters received FIJ awards:

Jason Berry, author and freelance journalist

Roddy Boyd, financial investigative reporter

Steve Brenner, sports journalist

Maurice Chammah, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Ezra Fieser, foreign correspondent based in the Dominican Republic

Celeste Fremon, LA-based writer and editor

Joseph Mazige, Kampala-based investigative reporter

Moises Mendoza, Shaminder Dulai, Urs Spindler, and Jason Witmer – based in the US and Germany

Vivekananda Nemana and Ankita Rao, American multimedia journalists based in Hyderabad, India

Christopher Pala, Washington DC-based investigative reporter

Kate Pastor, Bronx-based journalist

Alisa Roth, editor, Life of the Law

Khadija Sharife, Africa-based writer

Laird Townsend, director of Project Word

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, May 5, at 5pm Eastern time.

FIJ makes grants three to four times a year.