JFJ Investigative Grant Programme 2020


21 January 2020, London –  Justice for Journalists Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual Investigative Grant Programme. Applications for journalistic investigations into violent crimes against media workers will be accepted until 1 March 2020.

In 2019 JFJ supported 11 journalistic investigations into violent crimes against media workers. Total grant amount distributed was USD 400’000 for investigation of crimes committed in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Malta, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Ukraine and Vietnam.

This year, JFJ will accept grant applications in three subject areas:

(1) An investigation into one of the following crimes against journalists committed in 2019:

  • Vadim Komarov – Ukrainian investigative journalist who was beaten and subsequently died on June 20, 2019.
  • Killing of journalists in Mexico: Nevith Condes Jaramillo, Norma Sarabia Garduza, Telesforo Santiago Enriquez, Jorge Ruiz Vazques, Francisco Romero Diaz, Rafael Murua Manriquez, Jesus Eugenio Ramos Rodriguez, Omar Ivan Camacho Mascareno, Santiago Barroso Alfaro, Rogelio Barragan Perez.
  • Role of SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) in jeopardising journalists’ efforts to uncover anti-corruption cases.

(2) An investigation into one of the following crimes against journalists committed before 2019:

  • Justice Delayed: circumstances and systematic errors that hinder the impartial investigation of the murder of Russian journalists in the Central African Republic in 2018.
  • Occupied Journalism: violent crimes against journalists, bloggers and media workers in Crimea and unrecognised People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
  • Pavel Sheremet – Belarusian journalist killed in 2016.
  • Violence against environmental journalists all over the world.

(3) An investigation into crimes against journalists not specified in the first two categories.


Grant applicants are requested to fill out the application form on the Foundation’s website:

The Foundation’s Advisory and Expert Board will consider all applications that meet the Foundation’s criteria. Our grants cover the hard costs of getting to the investigative story and reporting it — flight costs, hotels, meals, local ground transportation, fixers, translators, etc. up to but not exceeding USD 80’000.

Grant applicants are expected to provide a detailed budget for their investigative project along with 500-words long project description to demonstrate that their proposal is solid. The project proposal should highlight what is new and significant about the story and what its potential impact might be. 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.

The Foundation’s Advisory Board and Expert Council will examine applications between 1 and 31 of March and plan to announce their decision at the beginning of April 2020.

All questions regarding the grant programme should be forwarded to