The Society of Environmental Journalists is accepting proposals for story grants on biodiversity from journalists worldwide in 2019.

As policymakers prepare for the 2020 Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the need to increase public understanding of biodiversity, protected areas, community-based conservation and international policies is pressing.

SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it.

  • Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
  • Winning projects will be selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.

This competition is generously underwritten by the Wyss Campaign for Nature Communications, a project of the Resources Legacy Fund, and by individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

Worth of Award

Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded in July 2019 to underwrite coverage of biodiversity issues and challenges facing communities around the world.


  • You don’t have to be a member of SEJ to apply, but you do need to be a professional journalist who would qualify for SEJ membership.
  • Non-members must pay a US$40 application fee. To enter as a member, complete the SEJ membership application BEFORE you apply for the grant. Only logged-in members can access the $0 application fee.
  • Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors appointed by the Society of Environmental Journalists Board of Directors. SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.
  • Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage.
  • Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions.
  • Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.

NOTE: They cannot work with early proposal/early decision applications. Notices of awards and declined applications will go out within 2 months of the proposal deadline. Grant agreements must be co-signed and IRS W-9 forms returned to SEJ before grants can be paid and public announcements made.

How to Apply

  • Please read the FEJ Proposal Guidelines and fill out the Application form on their website.
  • Prepare ahead and gather information you’ll need when filling out the application form and submitting proposal, budget, other support docs in PDF format.
  • The online application form calls for: Contact information, project title, brief summary of topic and dissemination plan (up to 100 words), type of media for finished work, expected date of project completion, amount requested.

Deadline: Deadline for proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) is May 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. local time).


Click here for more details and to apply


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