Money Trail Grants for Investigative Report on Finance 2020 offers Money Trail Grants for African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole. This working grants project is part of a larger Money Trail project.

Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organizations – Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited, – and Oxfam Novib.

Conducting and delivering journalistic illicit finance investigations is often long, difficult and complex. It can even be dangerous. It can take courage to even start researching these stories.

Worth of Award

  • There will be 10 application rounds over the three years.
  • The total amount per call is around 50.000 euro: this amount is distributed among different projects.
  • The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.


  • Preferably, intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one African, one Asian and/or one European journalist. Each team preferably consist of journalists from two continents. Ideally, the teams must provide letters of intent for publication from media organisations in two continents.
  • They also accept regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. Each team must consist of journalists from at least two countries.
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story – where the money trail leads to a tax haven  – can be accepted.
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist.
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia can apply with local journalists.
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How to Apply

  • Application is entirely online
  • After the application deadline, checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week.
  • After this, the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision.
  • Applicants are usually informed around 30 days after the deadline.
  • The applications are assessed by a jury with 4 members. The members of the jury are experienced editors, investigative journalists or media specialists. They remain anonymous until they leave the jury.
  • Both and the jury are bound to strict confidentiality—before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.
  • Some applications can be refused on budget grounds. 
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Deadline: Application close December 16, 2019, 11.59 PM Brussels time.


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