Grant Opportunities

Money Trail: Grants for African, Asian and European Journalists

Money Trail: Grants for African, Asian and European Journalists

Deadline: 14-Dec-20

Money Trail has come up with the working grant program for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse money laundering and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole. The primary goal of this grant is to expose illicit finance, tax abuse, corruption and money laundering.

The aim of the Grant Programmes of is facilitating investigative, cross-border and independent journalism in order to promote democracy in Europe by connecting donors and journalists without endangering the journalists’ independence. The project will be one that, in principle, could not be realised within the remit of regular journalism – a project of great newsworthiness and depth that is simultaneously original, innovative and time-consuming.

Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organizations, Finance Uncovered, and Free Press Unlimited and Oxfam Novib.

Why Money Trail?

Money Trail exists because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation. Such work clearly can have a tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by journalists and some notable civil society organisations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.
There are so many stories all over the world yet to be told. This is your chance to help tell them.
Funding Information

The total amount per call is around 50.000 euro: this amount is distributed among different projects. The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.
What the grant money can be used for?

Grants can cover working time and out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, visa, accommodation, translation, fixers, access to pay-databases, FOI requests, legal screening, etc.
Only freelance journalists can apply for a grant to cover their working time. Employed staff journalists can only apply for a working grant if they can provide a reason and prove that they are not receiving any wages for their working time on this project.
Following expenses cannot be covered by the grants: investments goods (such as IT equipment, mobile phones, software, …), production costs, food and beverage, per diems, etc.
Who can Apply?

Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe.
Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia.
Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story – where the money trail leads to a tax haven – can be accepted.
European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist.
Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia must collaborate with local journalists.
Eligibility Criteria

Only natural persons are eligible for a grant. Depending on the Grant Programme restrictions can be made based on the residency of the applicant(s).
The applicant(s) must be working as professional journalists. Furthermore, references from individuals (editors, publishers, journalists, professors) and/or references to earlier work are essential. reserves the right to contact references (while respecting the confidentiality of the proposal).
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