Investigative Journalism for Europe seeking Applications for Investigation Support Scheme
Deadline: 14 June 2020
The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) Investigation Support scheme provides financial support to new cross-border investigative projects in Europe, including projects that have only recently begun or new phases of existing projects.
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The proposed project must aim to reveal new information. Applications must justify the relevance of the investigation for the public in the target countries or for the broader European public sphere. Investigative teams already in existence or formed for an IJ4EU project are equally welcome to apply.
The Investigation Support scheme will provide support to three types of projects: new investigative projects; new phases of existing investigative projects; or investigative projects in early stages of developments.
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Teams may request a minimum of €5,000 and a maximum of €50,000 in funding from IJ4EU.
The IJ4EU grant may cover any percentage of a project’s total costs. However, co-funding is encouraged, and teams must declare any existing sources of funding on their application.
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Projects on all topics will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, corruption, illicit enrichment and financial crime; security, democracy and human rights; environment and climate change; health, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund is dedicated to supporting a diverse range of topics and teams across Europe. They welcome projects focusing on underreported issues. In addition, teams working in countries where investigative journalism is under pressure, including financial and political pressure, are especially encouraged to apply.
Freelance journalists, staff journalists and news organisations, or any combination of these, are equally welcome to apply. Beyond fulfilling the basic geographic criteria noted below, there are no restrictions regarding the composition of investigative teams or the number of team members. IJ4EU will consider funding all platforms, including print, broadcast, online media, documentary filmmaking and multi-platform story-telling.
To be eligible under the Investigation Support Scheme, applications must be sent by teams of journalists and/or news organisations that meet the following criteria:
They must be based in at least two EU member states or at least one EU member state and one official EU candidate country;
The proposed project must focus on a topic of cross-border relevance; and
The proposed project must be a new project, one that has only recently begun or a new phase of an existing project.
The UK is treated as an EU member state.
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For more information, visit https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net/grants/investigation-support-scheme/