Grant for Supporting Independent Journalism and Innovation

Deadline: 30 July 2016
Open to: local and international organizations, networks, startups and informal groups involved in the production of journalism
Award: supporting grant


The Program on Independent Journalism supports promising initiatives led by individuals or collectives that strive to improve their journalism under difficult circumstances, such as autocracy, violence, repression, or poverty—or in moments of great opportunity, such as first democratic elections, peace agreements, or massive social mobilizations.

The program supports creative, talented, and open-minded groups or media organizations working on any platform, especially in the places where verified, trustable information is not only scarce but also difficult to produce. Main priorities include: the development of new ideas, breaking new ground, and taking advantage of digital revolution.

The aim is to secure a free and safe environment for journalism, focusing on activities that protect journalists, citizens practicing journalism, and sources or information from physical and legal harassment. Moreover to improve global and regional connections, facilitate knowledge circulation, exchange ideas, and learn from various contexts.


  • Local and international organizations;
  • Networks;
  • Startups;
  • Informal groups involved in the production of journalism under difficult circumstances;
  • Investigative reporting;
  • Freedom of expression and the protection of journalists are eligible for support.

Ineligibility criteria

  • individual journalistic projects such as documentaries, books, personal study courses, specific story proposals, or training for journalists;
  • specific investigations or individual projects;
  • project-based organisations targeting countries where journalists are deemed at risk.

Nor do we support country-specific conferences, journalists’ safety training, first aid or digital security trainings, labor-rights issues, or media law reform.

How to apply?

In order to apply please fill in the application HERE and briefly describe your organization or media outlet, current work, and main challenges, as well as what you expect to achieve with our support.

For more information please visit the official call.

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