ImpactAFRICA Data Journalism and Innovative Reporting Fund

Deadline: 15 April 2016
Open to: teams of journalists or news innovators from all across the world
Grant: USD 500,000 in grants and technical support for reportage


ImpactAFRICA is the continent’s largest fund for data-driven storytelling. Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative launches.

The new impactAFRICA initiative will seek to support pioneering data journalism that tackles development issues, such as public healthcare, in six initial African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

An independent impactAFRICA jury will then evaluate all finalist projects, and will award cash prizes in the following categories:

  • Best investigative report;
  • Best data-driven story;
  • Best service journalism.

Both the journalists and their newsrooms will receive cash prizes. ImpactAFRICA will also work with the winners of round one to syndicate their work internationally or otherwise promote their reportage to help them win the largest possible audiences. Selected winners will also be sponsored to showcase their work at international media events.


Applicants from teams of journalists or news innovators from all across the world. See full eligibility requirements HERE.


ImpactAFRICA is offering USD 500,000 in support for finalists and winners.

For round one, the support consists of more than just cash prizes. ImpactAFRICA will offer support from Code for Africa’s software labs in all six participating countries, to help finalists build digital/mobile prototypes of their projects. Finalists will also get access to data analysts and design experts to help them transform their projects into dynamic interactive multimedia stories.

How to apply?

Interested applicants can submit their application forms online latest by 15 April 2016.

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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