Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants
Increasing awareness of environmental crime issues through financial support to investigative environmental journalists
Like every year since 2015, GRID-Arendal is offering grants for investigative journalism projects focused on environmental crime in developing countries. In 2024, we are offering a total of six grants, each representing 20,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately €2,000).
Applications are due by 4 December 2023; grant winners will be notified in December 2023, with awarding in January 2024.
Applications should be made through this ONLINE FORM.
GRID-Arendal is a non-profit environmental foundation based in Norway and supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), among other donors. We are a Partner of the UN Environment Programme and collaborate with other partners on projects that protect the environment, restore ecosystems, and advance the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasising supporting developing countries by creating environmental knowledge to encourage positive change.
Our journalism grant program funds in-depth investigative journalism that breaks new ground and reveals further information about environmental crimes occurring within or across developing countries. We seek high-impact reporting, especially on issues that mainstream media neglects. We invite proposals for projects on various media platforms, including audio and multimedia projects. Proposals for data journalism, data visualisation, and open-source intelligence (OSINT) journalism are encouraged. All projects must be written in English (or translated to English if published in a different language). However, we encourage submissions from journalists working in a variety of languages.
Our grants will support reporting projects focusing on one or more countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) list of Official Development Assistance recipients.
Past journalism grants from GRID-Arendal have, among others, supported reporting on:
This year, themes we are interested in funding include (but are not limited to):
Will be given priority to stories:
GRID-Arendal additional support:
This year, GRID-Arendal will offer additional support to grantees, which can include graphic design, GIS data management, scientific expertise, mentoring and training, depending on their needs.
In the case of projects that involve travel to indigenous, isolated, or vulnerable communities, we will require a plan to preserve those communities' safety.
The deadline for finishing a project will be six months from signing a grant agreement. Funded stories are expected to acknowledge the grant support from GRID-Arendal and allow re-publication on our website.
Journalists from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.
Applications are due in full by midnight Central European Time (CET) on 4 December 2023. Applications should be made through this online form.
Applications and supporting documents should be in English, and budgets should be expressed in Norwegian kroner. All materials should be included in the online form application. Applications that are incomplete or do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
Applications will be evaluated by a team of GRID-Arendal personnel. Among other factors, we will consider:
Successful applicants will be contacted in December 2023.
For any questions, please contact Romain Langeard firstname.lastname@example.org
Release date: 10 Nov 2023