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Story Grants for Climate Adaptation and Response

Published on
25 Jan 2016
22 February 2016, 17:00 PM, UTC info.ejn [at] internews.org

Taking Action on Climate Change

At COP21 in Paris, the world applauded as 196 countries pledged to stand together in an unprecedented agreement to cut global carbon emissions and stave off accelerated changes to the Earth’s climate. Now it’s action rather than promises that will make the difference.

With the ink barely dry on the climate agreement, government action to mitigate these adverse changes while pursuing sustainable economic development and poverty reduction initiatives is in the spotlight. But significant obstacles to implementation of these promises loom large. Intergovernmental programs such as the United Nations’ flagship Green Climate Fund, for example, have recently launched new projects, but face lingering questions about transparency and internal divisions over funding sources.

On the ground, meanwhile, many communities have already been practicing various forms of climate resilience to adapt to such changes posed by increased drought, extreme weather events and sea level rise. Often these actions fill voids left by insufficient or nonexistent government policies to respond to these changes and protect the poorest and most vulnerable to these impacts.

As the need to respond to the Paris agreement and strengthen climate resilience becomes more urgent, EJN is looking to fund stories that investigate public and private financing programs and hold government action accountable for the commitments they made in Paris, and that bring global attention to communities that are implementing sustainable, scalable solutions, investigate.

A More Vulnerable World,” the first part of this story series was released during the Paris talks to shed light on the disproportionate impact of climate change on the world’s poorest regions and highlight what is at stake if we do not change course on global carbon emissions.

Funding for this series is being provided by the Oak Foundation.

Story Themes

We welcome all story ideas that capture the efforts of vulnerable local communities – particularly women, youth and indigenous peoples – to adapt to challenges posed by the changing climate. With renewed attention on government response, we are also interested in proposals that investigate new and existing climate action programs, including the Green Climate Fund, which recently launched projects in Peru, Malawi, Senegal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Fiji, and East Africa.

As we look to push the global discussion on climate resilience forward following the historic agreement in Paris, we encourage applicants to consider the role that their local or regional story could play at an international level.

For background information on climate adaptation visit our reporter resources section:

Introduction to Climate Change

Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate Change: How to Report the Story of the Century

Story Formats

EJN is offering grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for in-depth stories using innovative approaches to storytelling. 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.

Expected story lengths:*

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: Applicants for long-form narratives and news articles should include plans for accompanying multimedia elements (i.e. video, photos) in their pitch.

Who should apply?

Journalists (online, print, television) and other expert media practitioners with a track record of reporting on climate change 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. We will be offering competitive rates for stories, but do have a limited budget. We encourage story writers and producers to publish or broadcast their stories in other media as long as Internews and the Oak Foundation are also given rights to publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2016 at 1700 EST.

Please download this budget form to complete your application