Grants are available to investigative journalists, both professional and non-professional (bloggers, social activists), both in wartime and peacetime. The broad topic of our grants is Investigation into violent crimes against journalists, freelancers and bloggers.
This year, JFJ will accept grant applications in the three subject areas. More information available HERE.
Our grants cover the hard costs of getting to the story (local travel only) and reporting it – airfare, hotels, meals, ground transportation, fixers, translators, as well as the reasonable fee for the justifiable duration of the project. We expect you to try to keep your costs down, which means no business class, no fancy hotels, no unreasonable fees for fixers, no prolonged stays in the field.
This year, due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, we will only accept proposals for investigating and reporting the stories that do not require any foreign travel. Therefore this year the maximum amount offered for each individual grant is USD 50’000.
Deadline 14 March 2021.
Applications must be received in English or Russian. Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt. Typically applications receive a response within a calendar month.
The Foundation’s Advisory and Expert Boards will examine applications between 15 March and 15 April, and announce their decision by the end of April 2021.
Our grants are subject to the following criteria. Unless they are met, your grant proposal will not be considered by JFJ.
- If your proposal involves reporting in a hostile or dangerous environment, we require that you and your potential outlets adhere strictly to the ACOS Alliance principles outlined HERE.
- If your proposal involves reporting in a hostile or dangerous environment, we require that you obtain safety equipment (including, but not limited to helmets, bulletproof vests and GPS personal locator beacons). More information on risk planning and safety for journalists can be found HERE. The cost of leasing or purchasing such equipment should be included in your project budget.
- Staff journalists who plan to report from conflict zones or hostile environments must have a firm assignment from a news organisation that will assume full responsibility for his/her well-being. Alternatively, freelancers and bloggers who do not have backing from a news organisation must include appropriate insurance in your project budget. That should cover illness, repatriation, disability and loss of life. For example: https://www.acosalliance.org/insurance
- We require that our grant recipients who plan to report from conflict zones or hostile environments undergo First Aid and Safety, as well as Hostile Environment Training, where appropriate. JFJ is committed to covering the cost of such trainings conducted by accredited organisations. The non-exhaustive list can be found here https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-assistance/training-fund/course-providers/
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