Grant details

Eligibility criteria

  • Both beginning (starters) and experienced journalists (seniors) can submit a project that cannot be realised through the normal channels of journalism, that has major news value and depth and that is also original, innovative and time-consuming. Every team should have at least one experienced journalist (more than 2 years of experience).
  • Teams of at least two investigative journalists from Belgium AND the Netherlands who have good ideas for a cross-border local investigation in the region.
  • The applicant must be a journalist (written or audio-visual press), or be able to prove that he/she is aspiring to a career in journalism. Personal references and/or references to earlier work are essential in that respect.
  • Only natural persons can apply for a grant.
  • Projects related to investigative and professional journalism must deal with topics relevant to a Dutch-speaking audience in Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • The project must be published in at least one Dutch-language medium in Belgium and in one medium in the Netherlands. A letter of intent for publication from at least two professional news outlets is required.
  • All journalistic end products qualify for a grant: newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television documentaries and series, photo-reportages and books, podcasts and journalistic non-fiction books.

Which costs

A grant can cover two types of costs:

  • Expenses (both for freelance journalists as for employed staff journalists): you must be able to prove Journalismfund with original supporting documents (invoices, bills, tickets,...) when the project is completed.
    These can include travel, visa, accommodation, translation, fixers, access to pay-databases, FOI requests, legal screening, etc.
  • Research time (only for freelance journalists).
  • Following expenses are NOT eligible for a grant: investments goods (such as IT equipment, cameras, …), office costs, production costs, food and beverage, per diems.
  • By collaborating with journalists on the ground you can reduce your carbon footprint. Why travel when you can collaborate with a journalist from another country who has the know-how and knowledge?

Applications need to include budget calculation according to the budget template.

Deadlines and timing

  • For the deadlines, please visit here
  • After the application deadline, Journalismfund Europe checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week.
  • After this the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision.
  • Applicants are usually informed about the decision around 40 days after the application deadline.


  • The applications are assessed by an independent jury of four people with ample experience in investigative journalism. The jury members are chosen by Journalismfund Europe. They remain anonymous until they leave the jury.
  • You can find an overview of previous jury members here.
  • Both Journalismfund Europe and the jury are bound to strict confidentiality – before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.
  • The jury will decide on journalistic criteria:


  1. Added value compared to mainstream coverage / a forgotten story
  2. Relevance in society
  3. Originality and innovative methods
  4. Daringness
  5. Feasibility
  6. Newsworthiness
  7. Experience of the applicants, references
  8. Saleability
  9. Time-consuming
  10. Cross-border local research in Belgium and the Netherlands

Grant Conditions

  • Every grantee signs an Agreement with Journalismfund Europe that states the mutual arrangements and conditions.
  • Grants are paid in two instalments: the first (2/3) upon signature of the Agreement, the second (1/3) after publication of the project and submission of the supporting documents for the expenses.
  • Grants are paid in euro. They are only paid out on bank accounts, not via other money transfer services. Any bank charges for international payments are carried by Journalismfund Europe, except for exchange rates.
  • Any journalistic product that is the result of the supported project explicitly has to mention the support of Journalismfund Europe in the way stimulated in the agreement.
  • At all times during the term of this Agreement, the Grantee and all other persons involved in the project have to endorse the principles of the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists as well as the national codes of ethics that are in force (see
  • Applicants need to consent with Journalismfund Europes’s general grant rules.