New: Past Grantees Provide Peer Mentorship in Applications Process

Pilot program for Sept. 13 grant deadline prioritizes first-time applicants and journalists of color

Journalists who are applying for grants in the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s fall grantmaking cycle can be matched with former grantees who will provide mentorship in the application process, including feedback on proposals before they are submitted. First-time applicants and journalists of color will be prioritized for the mentoring, which is a pilot program based on suggestions from applicants, past grantees and partners.

Now through Sept. 10, journalists who plan to apply for grants in the Fund’s fall cycle can request mentors. To request a mentor, email [email protected]. You will be asked a couple of questions about your project, and then you will be matched with a past grantee to provide feedback and suggestions to help strengthen your proposal.

All applications are due Sept. 13, and applicants will receive a decision (and first payment, for approved grants) in mid-October. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for investigative coverage on any topic in U.S. media outlets. The application includes a short summary (about 100 words), a fuller proposal (up to 1,000 words), and a budget breakdown.