Grant Application

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 crimes against journalists, freelancers and bloggers.

This application form asks for a detailed budget for your project. Our grants cover the hard costs of getting to the story and reporting it—airfare, hotels, meals, local 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. We will consider grant applications up to, but not exceeding USD 80’000.

Deadline 1 March 2020.

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 Board will consider applications from March 1 until March 31 and will announce their decision in early April 2020.

Our grants are subject to the following criteria. Unless they are met, your grant proposal will not be considered by JFJ.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 a 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
  4. 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/

Please disclose below in the section marked «Proposed Project Details» if you are receiving or have applied for any other funding for this project.

All fields are required, except where noted. All necessary documents (such as references and certificates), should be added when prompted by the form.

General Information

Are you a staff journalist or a freelancer or a blogger?*

StaffJournalistsFreelanceBloggerOrganisationOther (specify)

Have you ever applied for a grant from the Justice for Journalists Foundation, Oxford-Russian Foundation, Hill Foundation, Future of Russia, or Khodorkovsky Foundation?*

YesNo

Have you ever received a grant from the Justice for Journalists Foundation, Oxford-Russian Foundation, Hill Foundation, Future of Russia, or Khodorkovsky Foundation?*

YesNo

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Professional References*

These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation (please attach). The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available. If you attach a letter, still include contact details in the text field. Acceptable formats are pdf, doc, and rtf. (max.size 10 Mb)

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Work Samples*

Please provide us with three professional work samples -- published clips, audio files, video files or other digital material -- that showcase your ability to tackle an in-depth project in your proposed me-dium. Below, provide links to each story, using URLs that lead to the outlet in which the piece origi-nally appeared. If URLs are not available or the work is blocked behind a paywall, submit a PDF or the material in other readily accessible digital file formats (doc, rtf). (max.size 10 Mb)

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Professional Security Trainings*



Proposed Project Details

Project Name*

Project Description*

Your pitch should be no more than 500 words long and demonstrate that the proposal is solid. The project proposal should highlight what is new and significant about the story and what its potential impact might be; if the subject has been covered elsewhere, please note where that coverage has run and how your piece would differ. The proposal should contain an outline of the reporting plan and a timeline for completing the project, as well as a description of stories to be published or broadcast as the outcome. Any potential interest in the project registered on behalf of media outlets should also be specified. If you are receiving or have applied for any other funding for this project, please disclose.

Where do you plan to report from?*

Proposed Dates in the Field

Does your proposal require a quick response in order to be newsworthy or timely?*

YesNo

Detailed Budget for the Project

Show categories and total, explain unusual items. Travel grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting, please include reasonable fees for investigative reporting who would not have the resources to complete the project otherwise. Fixer/translator/driver fees are also acceptable.
The applicant must state what their day rate is while doing the research and when in the field (if the rates are different when in a hostile environment)
This must be built into the proposed budget with estimated days per month for the time line of the project.
The final number of days must be agreed upon with the Foundation after the acceptance of proposal.


Upload .xls file* (still include broad categories and total above. Max.size 10 Mb)

Additional Materials

Acceptable formats are pdf, doc, and rtf. Please upload videos to YouTube and send a link. Photos should be put in a pdf. (max.size 10 Mb)