WAN-IFRA African Media Grants for Climate Change and Environmental Reporting 2021 (Win up to $10,000 USD)

Applications are currently open for the WAN-IFRA African Media Grants for Climate Change and Environmental Reporting in 2021.

The impact of climate change touches virtually every element of society. But misinformation and climate denial undermine how media reach audiences, and devalue the good work many are already producing. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the worsening economic situation place immense strains on budgets and newsroom resources.

From any angle – economic, environmental, health, political, science, social – the story of climate change needs reliable information and a fact-based approach, one that engages audiences, makes them aware of the stakes, and allows them to engage in positive action. Audiences need hope and professional media is needed to help provide it.

Worth of Award

  • Newsrooms can apply for up to $10,000 USD.
  • Only successful applicants will be contacted and they will have 10 weeks to complete their project.
  • Funding for this initiative comes via the generous support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.


  • Organizations may apply for grants equalling $10,000 USD.
  • Any professional news media outlet may apply for a grant to support their efforts to bring climate change and environmental reporting to their audiences.
  • Media from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are eligible to apply.
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  • You should propose a project that seeks to address an issue/series of issues related to climate change. The project should include a series of stories, reports, or features that will be published by your organization in any format: (e.g. written, audio, podcast, video, graphic, data, etc.). Multi-format submissions are also accepted.
  • Projects should be focused on the climate crisis and/or environmental reporting. Projects may also focus on economic, environmental, health, political, science, and/or social-related effects of the climate crisis at a local, regional, or national level.

How to Apply 

A successful application for the WAN-IFRA African Media Grants for Climate Change will clearly demonstrate some or all of these criteria:

Storytelling that

  • Demonstrates clear relevance to local communities.
  • Addresses the big issues, highlights the underreported stories, or exposes new angles.
  • Showcases innovative solutions that have an impact.
  • Promotes efforts towards positive change and shows people how they can take action.
  • Explores innovative storytelling formats to reach and engage audiences.
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Very Important

WAN-IFRA Media Freedom will ask for copies of all work produced under the grant agreement and will showcase this work across its digital platforms.

Deadline: The applications must be submitted by October 24, 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply