Grants for Innovative Development Storytelling Grants

Deadline: 9 September 2015

Do you have a development story in original? Is your story inquisitive and engaging? Does it combine critical thinking and an exploration of new technology developments?

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If yes, then pitch your story by applying to Journalism Grants!

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is currently accepting applications from innovative journalists/media outlets for its fifth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme (Journalism Grants). The grant project is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Innovative reporting projects will be awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling.

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Focus Countries

Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

Grant Size

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Applicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. The average grant given is €15,000-€20,000. A maximum of 25 to 30 grants will be made available per year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists and relevant media outlets that target audiences in one or more of the mentioned nine European countries are eligible to apply.
  • Journalists and media outlets not based in the countries mentioned above, as well as freelancers, are only eligible to apply as cooperation partners of admissible organisations.
  • State owned or directly government-controlled entities are not eligible for funding.
  • Projects are required to address by theme, style, and presentation the general public, or large audience segments, or must effectively leverage important multipliers.
  • A relevant media outlet is considered to be one of the following: A public or commercial broadcaster with at least broad regional reach; a mainstream print magazine or newspaper with distribution at least in a region or major city with over 500,000 inhabitants; a print trade publication or specialist magazine of particular influence as a multiplier; a website of significant reach and audience, an electronic format such as a mobile application – or contribution to an existing app – with demonstrable potential to reach a large audience.

How to Apply?

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  • Interested journalists can pitch their innovative development reporting ideas in time and can submit applications via the online application form.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a complete proposal and provide any necessary supporting documents.
  • The grant winners will be announced mid to end May 2016.

For more information, please visit Call for Applications


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