Apply for Innovative Development Storytelling Journalism Grants

Deadline: 9 September 2015
Open to: journalists and relevant media outlets that target audiences in these countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom)
Grant: average grant EUR 15,000-EUR 20,000


The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Innovative reporting projects are awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling.

At a time when many media organisations face financial constraints, the grant programme aims to encourage media houses to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and thus set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.


  • Journalists and relevant media outlets that target audiences in one or more of the mentioned nine European countries are eligible to apply;
  • Journalists and media outlets not based in the countries mentioned above, as well as freelancers, are only eligible to apply as cooperation partners of admissible organisations;
  • State owned or directly government-controlled entities are not eligible for funding;
  • Projects are required to address by theme, style, and presentation the general public, or large audience segments, or must effectively leverage important multipliers;
  • A relevant media outlet is considered to be one of the following: A public or commercial broadcaster with at least broad regional reach; a mainstream print magazine or newspaper with distribution at least in a region or major city with over 500,000 inhabitants; a print trade publication or specialist magazine of particular influence as a multiplier; a website of significant reach and audience, an electronic format such as a mobile application – or contribution to an existing app – with demonstrable potential to reach a large audience.

Regarding eligibility criteria you can find more information HERE


They are looking to support projects of great impact and high visibility, applicants must apply for a minimum grant of EUR 8,000. For your reference, they expect the average grant given to be about EUR 18,000. A maximum of 30 grants will be made available in 2015.

Full grants may cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, including travel and accommodation, possible technical costs for equipment or crew, information procurement costs (such as access to professional databases or original data gathering efforts), graphics design and visualization, adaptation of software, and other justified costs incurred directly for the implementation of the project.


Applicants should fill in the online application form latest by 9 September 2015. For any questions please send e-mail at

For more information please visit the official website.

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