This grant and mentoring programme aims to address the shortage of independent journalism by providing grants to investigative journalism projects in Europe and encouraging cross-border collaboration.

This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme (running since 2009) supports cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

These are projects that have great news value and depth, and at the same time are original, innovative and time-consuming, and would not be realised without financial support. Projects can include cross-border research, networking between colleagues, and established and innovative investigative methods.

Journalismfund Europe supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

Next to a grant, teams can also apply for a mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill.


European journalists and/or media outlets

Teams of journalists and/or independent media from at least two countries in continental Europe are eligible to apply.

When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted too.



In 2024 we target a total grant budget of €900,000 to distribute over four application rounds (€225,000 per call). TBC

For the period 2024-2026, we do not know yet how much budget will be available. We communicate about this end of December 2023.

For the period 2024-2025, the programme will be supported by 2 foundations among others (tbc):

  • Limelight Foundation
  • Vereniging Veronica


29 February 2024 (TBC)

For this grant programme there are 4 application rounds scheduled in 2024:

  • The first application deadline will be Thursday 29 February 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time). TBC!
  • The second deadline will be Thursday 23 May 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time). TBC!
  • The third deadline will be Thursday 23 August 2024 at 1 pm CEST (Brussels time). TBC!
  • The fourth deadline: Thursday 7 November 2024 at 1 pm CEST (Brussels time). TBC!

How to apply?

1. Before you start, please consult the grant details, where you can find the rules, eligibility and assessment criteria, timing etc.

2. After a one-time registration with your email address, you can access our online application form. You can freely navigate through the form to see which information you need to provide in your application. This includes:

  • personal details of the team members
  • information about the intended investigation
  • information about the dissemination of your story
  • a detailed budget

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • copy of passport 
  • CV
  • letter(s) of intent from (a) professional news outlet(s)
  • a detailed budget (please use our budget template)

One team member can start a draft application. He or she can then invite multiple people to collaborate on the online draft. The online application-in-progress can be saved and further edited at any time.

Need help?

Take a look at our FAQ. Next, we're always happy to discuss your project ideas or to answer any questions you might have about your application. So don't hesitate to contact us via phone or mail, or to make an appointment for a video call.