Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalists (FIJ).
FIJ's Board of Directors looks for: stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.
FIJ also has a small crew of experienced investigative journalists who are available to mentor a select number of our grant recipients.
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.
Budget guidelines: Your estimated budget must itemize expenses of reporting such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends. Be specific. Vague line items may be denied. Identify other sources of funding. If you are applying for a book grant, provide detail as to resources available from the publisher, and explain why a grant is needed.
To apply for a mentor: FIJ accepts requests for mentors as a part of this application process. FIJ recently updated its roster of mentors and encourages applications. We especially encourage applications for writing mentors, even for seasoned reporters. To be eligible, answer the questions contained in the application form. Grantees who receive mentors will be expected to advise FIJ once they have made contact with the mentor, and to close out the grant with a brief report on the mentorship.
Pro bono legal services. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is offering free pre-publication vetting of stories. You will be asked on the application form if you would like to apply for the pro-bono service. Keep in mind that only a limited number of FIJ grant recipients will be selected to participate.
Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government, or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.
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.