Please first take a look at this programme's grant details. Still have any questions? Then there's a good chance they might be addressed in these FAQ:
Basically, you need a good idea for an investigation, a cross-border team of at least two journalists, and at least two letters of intent from professional news outlets who are willing to publish the result of your investigation.
You can read how to start from there in the grant details.
No. The result of your journalistic investigation can be published by a professional media outlet in any language.
However, it is required to submit your full project application in English. English is the common language of our international jury, and all jury members need to be able to assess all applications on the same basis.
No. You need to collaborate with at least one team member in a different country.
Check out our tip page How to find a teammate.
No. Only (teams of) natural persons can apply. Of course, journalists who work for news outlets, either on a freelance or an employed base, can apply. News outlets can also encourage journalists to apply. But only natural persons can be an applicant. Moreover, if a grant is awarded, Journalismfund.eu makes a separate grant agreement with each individual grantee. Grants are only paid out on the personal bank accounts of the grantees.
(We do have one grant programme where news outlets can be (co-)applicant: our Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism.)
If you are a freelance journalist, both working time and expenses are eligible. Employed staff journalists cannot apply for working time, only for expenses.
The grant can only cover costs for research, not for production.
No. Every professional journalist can apply. However, only freelancers can ask for a grant to cover their working time. Employed staff journalists can only apply to cover their expenses.
The rationale behind this is, apart from Journalismfund.eu's limited budget, that applicants can't receive working grants for work(ing time) they are already paid for by their employer.
It is perfectly understandable to ask this. We get this question a lot…
However, there is no clear answer. The amounts vary per project and depend on the duration of the investigation, the number of team members and the the necessary expenses.
We want to stress that you should start from a convincing project plan to conduct your investigation, and only then draft a realistic budget to fund that plan. The quality and realism of the budget you submit is one of the assessment criteria for the jury to grant your project. It is therefore NOT a good idea to inflate your budget.
From our experience with other grant programmes, we can say that most cross-border grants vary from €2,000 to €14,000 per project.
In 2021 the European Cross-border Grants programme has a total budget of €200,000 to distribute over four application rounds.
Applicants are usually informed about the jury decision around 40 days after the application deadline.
In 2021 Journalismfund.eu's European Cross-border Grants programme is funded by five foundations:
Journalismfund.eu’s financial records are reviewed annually by an independent auditor. You can find all funding information and financial documents here.
All formal agreements between Journalismfund.eu and its donors stipulate independence and no editorial interference. (Representatives from) donors can never be part of the juries that award the grants. Journalismfund.eu does not take money from donors that don’t agree with these terms.
We adopted an Ethical Funding Policy to ensure that Journalismfund.eu properly manages its priorities and projects with appropriate independence from its funders. This Policy also aims at providing transparency regarding the identity of Journalismfund.eu’s sources of funding to avoid any suspicion of inappropriate influence or conflicts of interest concerning Journalismfund.eu’s activities. Find our Ethical Funding Policy here.
No. With ‘Europe’ we mean geographical Europe, or the 47 member states of the Council of Europe plus Belarus and Kosovo.
You can find an overview of the supported stories here.
You are welcome to publish parts or your investigation in its entirety on your own platform or blog. For your application we request however two letters of intent for publication from professional news outlets in two different countries, that will be independent from your own platform.
Journalismfund.eu strives for the highest standards for data protection and security. Read about our privacy and data protection measures here.
Journalismfund.eu vzw is a Belgium based independent non‐profit organisation established with the purpose of promoting independent investigative journalism.
Check the general FAQ about our organisation.
Do you still have questions about this grant programme or about the application procedure? Do you want pre-application advance to discuss your project idea? Don't hesitate to contact us!