Deadline: 15 June 2015
The Earth Journalism Network is currently inviting applications for its Climate Communications Innovation Fund 2015 to support the development, adaptation, and introduction of novel story telling methods focused on the human dimensions of climate change. This grant opportunity represents a challenge to journalists throughout the world to facilitate a responsive information ecosystem that more accurately and holistically reflects environmental challenges facing people across the planet.
The Climate Communications Innovation Fund is designed primarily to support the work of already existing media outlets, journalism networks, and associations where an additional funding is need to pursue innovative or experimental approaches.
The primary focus of this grants opportunity is on the application of technology and novel techniques for climate change communication. However, applications that include fellowships and travel grants that support specific story ideas or coverage of key events are also invited.
This grant fund will support up to 5 projects with each grant amount averaging for approximately 10,000 USD. We can provide funding over the average for projects that demonstrates a critical need.
Previously Granted projects
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- The Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists built an SMS-based news service that connects hyper-local reports on environmental issues and disaster events to a national audience in the Philippines. The project includes the development of a new website and trainings held with local journalists and their audiences.
- Mongolia’s network of environmental journalists, the Press Institute of Mongolia (PIM) used EJN’s grant to hold a series of education and training programs for both professional and student journalists on the issue of air pollution, its environmental and health impacts, and first-hand data collection using available sensor technology.
- An alliance of organizations launched CartoChaco, the first multimedia journalistic and data hub of information about the Chaco- a four-county region in South America that has seen a great surge of deforestation caused by agricultural activities and cattle ranching.
- Media outlets, networks and associations that need additional funding to pursue innovative or experimental approaches can submit a project. Individuals and new ventures are also eligible.
- Applicants should provide information about sustaining about this project after the initial seed funding provided under this grant.
- Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee.
- Applications should include a budget form with their applications.
- The projects are generally expected to take place within less than a year. Final reports for accepted projects must be filed no later than February 10, 2016.
- Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support are preferred.
How to Apply
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- Applicants must have an EJN account which can be created through the website.
- Applications must be submitted online through the portal on the website.
For more information, please visit Earth Journalism Network Grants.