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Call for proposals: Bay of Bengal Story Grants

Published on
16 Jul 2018
13 August 2018, 12:00 AM, (UTC +06) info.ejn [at]

The grants will support production of in-depth stories on climate and environmental change which aim to improve the quantity, quality and access to information by groups that are most vulnerable to impacts, especially women and youth. This information should empower these at-risk communities to make better decisions about their options in the face of climate change and help them to build their resilience.

Deadline: August 13, 2018 at 5pm IST. For enquiries, please contact [email protected].



The Earth Journalism Network's Bay of Bengal Project focuses on boosting climate justice and resilience in the region through working with journalists, educators and civil society actors to produce and distribute reliable, actionable information to vulnerable coastal communities thanks to the generous support of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund.

The Bay of Bengal is widely recognized as one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. This vulnerability is a function of both the wide variety of climate risks as well as the density and diversity of the roughly 400 million people who call it home.

In a warming world, communities living in the low-lying coastal plains and river deltas increasingly find their lands eroded away by a rising sea and their freshwater ruined by saltwater intrusion. Further inland, droughts, floods and deadly heat waves afflict the health of vulnerable groups in addition to affecting the crops communities depend on for their livelihoods.

The ways in which people experience these impacts is often uneven; a person’s identity—gender, ethnicity, livelihood, class and age—affects that person’s ability to respond to shocks as well as the community’s overall resilience and adaptive capacity. In the Bay of Bengal region, the people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change face a binary problem: lack of representation in the narratives of governments and major media outlets, and a lack of access to quality information about climate change and building resilience to its impacts.

Faced with these challenges, this grant presents an opportunity for journalists reporting on vulnerable coastal communities in four Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal) and in Bangladesh to improve their coverage of climate change impacts and resilience-building.

The Story Grants are provided as part of EJN’s Bay of Bengal project, implemented by Internews with the generous funding of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund.



The aim of the Bay of Bengal Story Grants is to support production of in-depth stories on climate and environmental change which, in turn, aim to improve the quantity, quality and access to information by groups that are most vulnerable to the impact of Climate Change, such as women and youth. This information can empower these at-risk communities to make better decisions about their options in the face of Climate Change and build their resilience.



We welcome all story ideas that focus on climate and environmental change, natural resource management or related issues such as climate-induced migration, water issues, food security and so on, in the Bay of Bengal region. We have a particular interest in the impact of these changes on womenyouth and indigenous peoples and their ability to adapt.

In view of the common trend among media outlets to report on problems, we encourage stories that report on solutions and the coping strategies of vulnerable communities. Given the technical issues that often come with environmental journalism, we are also interested in stories that collect and report data and information on the causes and impacts of environmental and climate change, and report on them in a compelling and easy-to-understand fashion.

We encourage applicants to turn global issues into local stories that are relevant to local audiences, and/or report on local or regional environmental issues in a way that can attract attention at an international level. Finally, we are keen to support stories with the potential of informing policy decisions related to domestic or regional environmental protection, such as regional cooperation on climate change and other transboundary environmental issues. Particular attention should be given to the adaptation needs, challenges, efforts and success stories of vulnerable and marginalized communities.



EJN expects to award grants averaging $1,200 depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for in-depth stories using innovative and investigative approaches that may be more costly to produce. Applicants should provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested. We expect that proposals will largely reflect what equipment the applicant already has access to (including cameras, drones, lighting, tripods etc.) and will not consider budgets that heavily focus on procuring new supplies.

We also encourage the use of multimedia; applicants for long-form and multimedia narratives should include plans and budget for accompanying multimedia elements (i.e. video, photos) and distribution channels in their pitch. If applicants will only pitch stories to media outlets after the stories are completed – not our preference -- they should outline the plan for distributing the reports.

Stories can be done in English or local languages, or both. If applicants intend to write or produce stories in local languages, the English translation of the product should be provided. Please include the cost for translation in the budget, if necessary.

Please download this budget form to complete your application.  If you are receiving funding from other donors, please make a note of it on your budget form.

Although we generally do not fund the purchasing of technical equipment through these grants, if essential to the story applicants should clearly state how the equipment can contribute to the expected outcomes and outputs. The cost of equipment should also make up only a small proportion of the overall budget and not the budget in its entirety.



  • Long-form Narrative: 2,500 to 5,000 words
  • News Article: 500 to 1,200 words
  • Multimedia Package: Video piece around 2-6 minutes in length with possible graphics, photos, text, maps

*NOTE: Proposals for long-form narratives and news articles should include plans for accompanying multimedia elements such as photos and video.



Journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with a track record of reporting on climate change, natural resource management and other environmental issues are welcome to apply. We encourage freelancers and staff from all types of media outlets – both large and small – to submit applications. Grantees are free to publish or broadcast their stories in other media as long as Internews and the Climate Justice Resilience Fund are also given rights to publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.  



Activities proposed should support socio-environmental reporting and climate resilience-building in the Bay of Bengal region – specifically in the coastal regions of four Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal), and coastal and floodplain areas of Bangladesh



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