Investigative Grant Programme

Justice for Journalists is a foundation set up in order to investigate violent crimes against journalists who have been targeted as a result of their professional duties. The vast majority of murders of journalists remain unpunished, and there are currently no international mechanisms for pursuing and obtaining justice. This is a call to action, and this foundation is a pathway to justice.

JFJ issues grants to investigative journalists, both professional and non-professional (bloggers, social activists), media organisations, editorial offices, and NGOs, 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

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.

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 zthe reasonable fee for the justifiable duration of the project.

JFJ grant does not cover office-related expenses (renting an office space or paying for already rented office), nor does it pay for acquisition of new professional and editing equipment. If journalists require to use other equipment in addition to what they already use, we suggest they rent it or employ professionals whose fees include the use of their equipment.

Grant recipients are responsible for all taxes, duties and fees related to their receipt and use of our Grant. JFJ does not cover these.

If you already received or planning to apply for any additional funding from other NGO’s or if you run a crowdfunding campaign, you have to state this in your application form.

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.

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:
  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

Applications must be submitted in English and Russian within six weeks from the Annual Grant Programme announcement. The Foundation’s Advisory and Expert Boards will then study the applications and supporting documentation and announce their decision within a month.