Grant money is available to independent investigative journalists

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Need money for travel and other reporting expenses? The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has grants averaging $5,000 for independent journalists who are investigating issues in the United States, especially those relating to governmental accountability, the environment, and local or regional issues with national implications. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. EST, November 1. Details are after the jump.


WASHINGTON (October 3, 2011) — The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is seeking grant proposals for independent investigative projects from journalists who need support for travel and other reporting expenses.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday November 1.

FIJ is interested in proposals from reporters investigating issues in the United States, especially those relating to governmental accountability, the environment, and local or regional issues with national implications. Applications from ethnic media are strongly encouraged. Applications for international projects are currently closed.

These grants are made possible through generous funding from the Gannett Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Green Park Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the public.

The Fund is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the Journalism Department in the College of Media at the University of Illinois.

For more than forty years, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported work by independent and freelance reporters who do not have the resources to do their investigations. Grants average $5,000. The awards support the costs of reporting, such as travel and document production expenses. In limited cases, small stipends will be considered as part of the overall award.

FIJ accepts applications through its website, www.fij.org.

Questions about the application process should be directed to executive director Sandy Bergo, fundfij@gmail.com.

In partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors, the FIJ also matches grant recipients with veteran journalists who serve as mentors, at the recipient’s request.

The Fund depends on donations from foundations and individuals. Donations can be made online or by mail to The Fund for Investigative Journalism, 1023 15th Street NW – Suite 350, Washington DC 20005.

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