Grants for Environmental Investigative Journalism

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: investigative environmental journalists
Grant: NOK 25,000/ approx. 2690 EUR


GRID-Arendal, a center collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme, and SKUP, Norway’s association for investigative journalism, are offering 2 grants of NOK 25,000 for environmental investigative journalists working globally on the issues of organized environmental crime for the year 2016. The award will be given out in in 2016 and will focus on five areas: illegal logging, fisheries, mining, toxic waste trafficking and dumping, and poaching and trade in wildlife.


Applications should reflect some preliminary research, demonstrate why the case is important and include background information on potential sources. It should also indicate the format for the stories – print, radio, television, photography, etc. — and how social media will be used for dissemination.


Two grants of NOK 25,000 each offered by GRID-Arendal and SKUP (Stiftelsen for en Kritisk og Undersøkende Presse) support investigative journalists working on stories about global organized environmental crime. Grants will help investigative environmental journalists to cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and other investigation-related expenses.

How to apply?

Applications must include:

  1. CV;
  2. two letters of recommendation;
  3. examples of previous work.

Applications should be forwarded to Valentin Emelin, the Head of Environmental Crime Program at GRID-Arendal ( by November 1, 2015. The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve on the GRID-Arendal and SKUP websites. The grants will be announced at 15.00 hrs by senior advisor Christian Nellemann from Grid-Arendal at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer during a seminar session on Investigating Environmental Crime: Illegal Logging.

For more information please visit official website.

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