Fund for Investigative Journalism(FIJ) in the USA is inviting applications for the Grants and Fellowships for Investigative Projects in 2020.

FIJ now offers a competitive opportunity to be matched with a mentor. FIJ operates this program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation. As part of the application form, they ask that you explain how a mentor can help you and whether you can commit to keeping your mentor informed of your progress.

Mentors act as sounding boards and work with grantees over the length of their projects. They especially encourage applications for writing mentors, even for seasoned reporters.

Worth of Award

  • The maximum grant is $10,000.
  • Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental.
  • The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.
  • Generally, FIJ covers hard costs such as travel and data collection and often grants small stipends.

Eligibility

To be considered;

  • Foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong US angle, involving American citizens, government or business.
  • All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.
  • The Board of Directors looks for:  stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
  • The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.

How to Apply

Before you apply;

  • Be sure to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor who can pledge in writing that the news outlet will publish or air the specific story you propose – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards.
  • This letter should not be thought of as an unqualified pledge.
  • If the work is not satisfactory, the news outlet cannot be expected to publish it.
  • FIJ needs this commitment before it makes a grant because it doesn’t have the capacity to help reporters place stories.
  • The letter must be written on a letterhead that includes contact information for the news outlet and the individual signing it.
  • The summary shouldn’t exceed 100 words; the proposal shouldn’t exceed 1,000 words.
  • All application deadlines are set at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, or 8:59 pm on the U.S. West Coast.

 

Deadline: Application closes Monday, February 3, 2020.

Click here for more details and to apply

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