FIJ's Board of Directors looks for: stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.
It is FIJ policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal and within the agreed deadline (generally one year after the grant is issued).
All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. dollars.
Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a US angle, involving American citizens, government, or business. All stories must be published in English – either by an English language publication or outlet, or by an outlet that has an affiliation with an English language site.
Disclaimer of Liability: The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s role in assisting journalists is limited to making grants. FIJ assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.To apply, please address the prompts in the application form. You may save your work and come back to the application, but once you press APPLY on the final page you will not have a chance to make changes. Applications for this round automatically close at midnight EST on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Proposals will be taken later in 2017 at dates to be announced.