FIJ awards grants to freelance or independent journalists who need support for travel and other reporting expenses.
The 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 also invites investigations of climate change issues.
The Fund accepts applications for projects on domestic and international issues and encourages proposals written for ethnic media. All entries must be written in English.
Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends.
Mentors: In partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, mentors are recruited for successful grantees, upon request. Mentors act as sounding boards, and work with grantees over the length of their projects. Mentoring grantees is an important part of the Fund’s program to support independent journalists.
More information and the application can be found here.