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Applications Open for IJ4EU’s Publication Support Scheme

Applications Open for IJ4EU’s Publication Support Scheme

Deadline: 18 September 2020

The Investigative Journalism for Europe is seeking applications for the Publication Support scheme to provide additional, shorter-term support for the completion of cross-border investigative projects that are already underway.

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Investigations being developed and published in all formats, including print, broadcast, online media, documentary filmmaking and multi-platform storytelling will be considered.

Funding Information

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€200,000 is being provided via the Publication Support Scheme to support at least 32 collaborative projects with up to €6,250 grant funding each project, for investigations that have already been initiated and in more-advanced stages of development. These are projects that need additional, shorter-term support in order for journalists or news organisations to complete and publish their stories.

Eligible Topics

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IJ4EU is open to cross-border investigative projects on any topic. This includes, but is not limited to, corruption, illicit enrichment and financial crime, security, democracy and human rights, environment and climate change, and health – including the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must aim to reveal new information that is of relevance to the public in at least two EU member states (or one member state and one candidate country) or to the wider European public sphere.
IJ4EU is dedicated to supporting a diverse range of topics and teams across Europe. They welcome projects focusing on underreported issues. Furthermore, teams working in eligible countries where investigative journalism is under pressure, including financial and political pressure, are especially encouraged to apply.
Eligibility Criteria

Freelance journalists, staff journalists and news organisations are welcome to apply. Beyond fulfilling the geographic criteria noted above, there are no restrictions regarding the composition of investigative teams or the number of team members. Teams may consist of freelance journalists only, employed journalists only, news organisations only, or be a collaboration between freelance and staff journalists and news organisations.
To be eligible under the Publication Support Scheme, applications must be submitted by teams of journalists and/or news organisations that meet the following criteria:
they are based in at least two EU member states or at least one EU member state and one official EU candidate country; and
they are collaborating on a topic of cross-border relevance.
UK-based journalists and organisations will be considered as “based in an EU member state” under the Publication Support scheme.
Applications must justify the relevance of the investigation for the public interest in the eligible countries targeted by the investigation, or for the broader European public sphere.
Grant funding may be used to cover any costs necessary for the completion and publication of the investigation and production of journalistic content, including salary and human resource costs, research-related costs, translation and travel costs. The only exception applies to equipment (hardware) costs, which are not eligible.
Teams must submit a budget as part of their application, based on this model budget.
Applications must be submitted in English.
Projects that apply to/ receive support from IJ4EU’s Investigation Support Scheme will not be eligible for the Publication Support Scheme.
For more information, visit https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net/grants/publication-support-scheme/

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