The Pulitzer Center invites applications for the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund in the USA in 2021.
This opportunity is open to journalists who are working on projects related to tropical rainforests. Incidentally, there are two types of grants available:
- Grants for journalists reporting for major American and European news outlets on tropical rainforests in any part of the world. Expectedly, applications must be in English.
- Grants for journalists based in and reporting for local and regional outlets in the Congo Basin region.
With this in mind, note that the projects will focus on the following themes:
- The tropical forests’ role in the overall climate equation and weather patterns globally, regionally and locally. As well as the resulting consequences for human life and living conditions (in broad terms) caused by deforestation.
- Deforestation drivers (in broad terms).
- Solutions to halt deforestation (in broad terms).
Worth of Award
Most awards fall in the range of $2,500 to $7,500 but depending on project specifics, may be higher.
The Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund is open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers. Staff journalists as well as freelancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
- Proposed project title, issue or topic overview (100 words or less), and project overview and methodology (350 words or less). This is the most important part of the application.
- Intended audience and proposed deliverables and plan for distribution, including commitment letters for publication or broadcast.
- A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Typical grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting. Local reporting partner/translator/driver fees are acceptable and stipends can be considered depending on the circumstances.
- Information about the lead journalist, including three samples of published work, a CV, and professional references.
- Information about additional journalists contributing significantly to the project.
- Applications may also include a more detailed description of the project but this will be considered as an optional supplement only (“additional materials”).
Deadline: The deadline is on a rolling basis.