Apply for a Grant from the FIJ


The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact.

Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants, and their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.

Interested in applying but need some guidance? Leading up to the Sept. 13 application deadline, FIJ has a new opportunity for application mentorship and review from a past grantee. Now through Sept. 10, journalists who plan to apply for grants in the Fund’s fall cycle can request mentors. To request a mentor, email You will be asked a couple of questions about your project, and then you will be matched with a past grantee to provide feedback and suggestions to help strengthen your proposal.

FIJ provides three types of grants:

Regular grants: FIJ reviews proposals three to four times a year for grants up to $10,000. The next deadline is Monday, Sep. 13, 2021. 
Expedited grants: In rare cases, FIJ provides expedited review for proposals that are extremely urgent and cannot wait for the regular review cycle. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants receive a decision within about two weeks.
Follow-up grants: FIJ accepts proposals for timely follow-up coverage to original investigations that were produced with grants from the Fund. Grantees can apply for expedited review for follow-up grants up to $2,500.

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