We are predominantly focused on the developing world but are open to proposals from anywhere. Projects aimed at building networks of environmental journalists (whether these are existing networks or prospective networks) are especially encouraged to apply. Projects that use innovative methods to build networks or distribute environmental news will also be favorably viewed.
In the past, the Earth Journalism Network has supported local initiatives such as training programs for Cambodian journalists in Climate Change reporting, the publication of an environmental stories series in the Moscow Times, the creation of a news challenge for young European environmental journalists that was rewarded with Rio+20 fellowships, and conferences that launched or expanded environmental journalism networks in Indonesia, Mexico, Uzbekistan, the Philippines and the Amazon region.
Generally speaking, the Earth Journalism Grants Fund will be focused on capacity building, but if special opportunities arise we are open to supporting fellowships and travel grants that support specific story ideas or coverage of key events that have involvement from multiple journalists. While content creation is important aspect of any project, applications without some form of network- or capacity-building component will not be considered. We also are focused on funding journalists and journalism organizations rather than advocacy organizations.
Applicants should fill out the form below and the attached simple budget sheet, and may additionally submit a brief concept note to the Earth Journalism Network to help assess whether their project would be considered for the grant (this is not mandatory). We have a total of US$50,000 available for the coming year, to be divided among at least 5 projects.
The first deadline for applications is October 15, 2012.
Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee.
The projects are generally expected to take place within less than a year. Final reports for accepted projects must be filed no later than September 30, 2013.
Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support will be favorably viewed.
Please submit applications to EJNgrants@internews.org