GRID-Arendal is offering grants for investigative journalism projects focused on environmental crime in developing countries in 2021.

GRID-Arendal is a non-profit environmental communications centre based in Norway and supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, among other donors. We collaborate with the UN Environment Programme and other partners on projects that protect the environment, restore ecosystems, and advance the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on supporting developing countries.

Their journalism grant program funds in-depth, investigative journalism that breaks new ground and reveals new information about environmental crime that takes place within or across developing countries.

Worth of Award

  • Four grant recipients will each receive 25,000 Norwegian kronor (approximately €2,300).


  • You must be a professional journalist, either a staff member at a media organization or a freelancer with a record of publishing work in respected outlets.
  • You must have experience in investigative journalism.

Journalists from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.

They encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • résumé or CV
  • 3–5 published work samples
  • description of proposed reporting project, including plan for obtaining information and summary of preliminary research or reporting
  • estimated budget for project, explaining what grant money would pay for
  • estimated timeline for project
  • publication plan, ideally including letter of commitment or letter of interest from a media outlet, and indication of whether you would publish the project in any languages other than English
  • names and contact information for three professional references
  • acknowledgement of any other donors or sources of funding for the project, if relevant
  • statement about how you would operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Application materials must be written in English and budgets expressed in Norwegian kroner. All materials should be combined into a single PDF and emailed to Valentin Emelin ([email protected]) and Siri Olsson ([email protected]). Applications that are incomplete or do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Deadline: Applications are due January 22, 2021, and grants will be awarded in February 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply

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