Please first take a look at the Grant Details of this programme. Still have any questions? Then there's a good chance they might be addressed in these Frequently Asked Questions:
Basically, you need a good idea for an investigation, a cross-border team of at least two journalists or news outlets, 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. 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. 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. With ‘Europe’ we mean geographical Europe, or the 47 member states of the Council of Europe plus Belarus and Kosovo.
The investigation needs to be about a cross-border environmental issue that (also) concerns Europe. This means that the investigation can also involve issues and locations outside Europe, if there is a link with e.g. European companies, policies, etc.
A grant can cover two types of costs:
1. Working time of the journalists to conduct their investigation
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.
In practice, grants could vary from e.g. €2,000 for smaller investigations to €20,000 or even more for very large investigations that involve newsrooms in many countries, require a lot of research and expenses, data access, legal screening, etc., and yield a large series of publications.
One team member can start an application through the online application form. He/she can then invite multiple people to collaborate on the draft application. The online application-in-progress is freely navigatable and can be saved at any time.
According to the application form, a team can consist of two types of applicants:
If a grant is awarded to the project, the grant money will be allocated to the different applicants (i.e. the freelance journalists and/or news outlets) according to the submitted budget.
Applicants are usually informed about the jury decision around 40 days after the application deadline.
Journalismfund Europe's Earth Investigations Programme is funded by Arcadia.
All formal agreements between Journalismfund Europe and its donors stipulate independence and no editorial interference. (Representatives from) donors can never be part of the juries that award the grants. Journalismfund Europe does not take money from donors that don’t agree with these terms.
We adopted an Ethical Funding Policy to ensure that Journalismfund Europe properly manages its priorities and projects with appropriate independence from its funders. This Policy also aims at providing transparency regarding the identity of Journalismfund Europe’s sources of funding to avoid any suspicion of inappropriate influence or conflicts of interest concerning Journalismfund Europe’s activities.
Journalismfund Europe’s financial records are reviewed annually by an independent auditor. You can find all funding information and financial documents 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 Europe strives for the highest standards for data protection and security. Read about our privacy and data protection measures here.
Journalismfund Europe 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!