DEADLINE: Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Grants

Event Date: 
May 10, 2021

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) invites applications three or four times per year 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 accepts applications for projects on domestic and international issues.

Proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color are encouraged. Grants of up to $10,000 cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends.

Open to freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets. Investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.

View a 30-minute video about how to apply for grants successfully, featuring a Board member who votes on grants and a journalist who applied for a grant successfully.

Note: Successful grantees may be eligible for a Scripps Howard Foundation mentorship.

2021 deadlines: Feb 8, May 10; more TBA

Three types of grants are available:

  • Regular grants: We review proposals three to four times a year for grants up to $10,000. The next deadline is May 10, 2021. Applicants will receive a decision in mid-June.
  • Expedited grants: In rare cases, we provide expedited review for proposals that are extremely urgent and cannot wait for the regular review cycle. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants receive a decision within about two weeks.
  • Follow-up grants: We accept proposals for timely follow-up coverage to original investigations that were produced with grants from the Fund. Grantees can apply for expedited review for follow-up grants up to $2,500.



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