JournalismFund Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism 2024 (Up to €400,000 Grant) – APPLY NOW

Applications are open for JournalismFund Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism 2024. This grant program offered support for collaborative investigative journalism projects focusing on environmental issues related to Europe.

JournalismFund Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism 2024
JournalismFund Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism 2024

Despite the predominantly national scope of news media and newsrooms, many power structures and environmental challenges extend beyond national borders.

This program aims to encourage cross-border teams of journalists and newsrooms to expose and report on illegal, unreported, and unregulated exploitation of nature that involves European affairs both within and outside of Europe.

In addition to investigating environmental issues that transcend borders, this program also promotes and facilitates comparative investigations into local environmental issues and policies between multiple regions or cities.


  • The available funding for each grant call, to be divided among all the supported investigations, will be approximately €400,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposals for a journalistic investigation on environmental issues can be submitted by cross-border teams of at least two journalists and/or news outlets. Funding will only be provided to applicants who legally reside in at least two different countries.
  • The applicants must be professional freelance journalists or news outlets, and it is important to provide personal references and/or references to previous work.
  • News outlets must be officially incorporated legal entities that have been in operation for at least one year before the grant application deadline.
  • The investigative proposal must focus on cross-border environmental journalism related to European affairs, whether within or outside of Europe. It should be relevant to Europe in some way.
  • In addition to investigations into environmental issues that go beyond borders, this grant can also support comparative investigations into local environmental issues and policies between two or more countries, regions, cities, etc.
  • The outcome of the investigation must be published by at least two professional news outlets in at least two different countries (one of which must be in Europe). Letters of intent from two professional news outlets for publication are required.
  • Any form of investigative journalism published by professional media is eligible, including print, online, broadcast, and cross-media formats. All types of journalistic end products qualify for the grant, such as newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television documentaries and series, photo-reportages and books, podcasts, and journalistic non-fiction books.

Assessment criteria

The applications will be evaluated by the jury based on the following criteria:

  • The environmental aspect.
  • The unique contribution compared to mainstream coverage.
  • Feasibility of the project.
  • Experience of the applicants
  • Cross-border research and story development.
  • Collaboration and sharing of research capacity and knowledge between countries.
  • Amount of time and energy needed for the task.
  • Holding institutions, policies, and financial matters accountable
  • Strategy for engaging with the audience.
  • Quality and rationality of the budget.
  • Need for (co-)funding.

Lastly, the jury will also consider the diversity within the global selection of approved projects. This includes:

  • Regional diversity, both in terms of stories and team members.
  • Variety of topics covered.
  • Different methods and approaches were used.
  • Diverse publication forms.
  • Differing team compositions.

How To Apply For The Grant

  • To start the application process, you must first register by creating an account. This will permit you to use the online application form. To create an account, please click on the provided link.
  • Once you have access to the online form, Within form, you can freely navigate and review the required information for your application. This includes:
  • Details regarding team members involved in the project.
  • Information regarding the planned investigation.
  • Specifications about the intended publication channels, including any necessary letters of intent from news outlets
  • A comprehensive budget using our provided template.
  • Uploading of certain administrative documents as required.
  • One team member can initiate a draft application. They can then invite multiple collaborators to contribute to the online draft. The application-in-progress can be saved and edited at any time.

For more details about JournalismFund Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism, please visit the official website.

Application Deadline

January 18, 2024.



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