FIJ Provides N4.5m Grants for Investigative Story

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is accepting proposals from interested journalists for grants to cover the expenses of investigative stories.

The stories should break new ground and uncover wrongdoing in the public or private sectors with a grant of up to $10,000 (N4,535,800.00) for stories on any topic of interest.

FIJ provides grants and other support to independent journalists and news organizations to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact.

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Founded in 1969, it provides support directly to investigative journalists for news stories, books, documentaries and podcasts that uncover wrongdoing by powerful people or institutions.

The invitation explained that the application should contain a brief summary of not more than 100 words, while the proposal should not be more than 1,000 words and should also explain what makes the story an investigative project.

The applicant’s investigative plan, what the story will uncover that is new, and why the applicant is uniquely suited to do the story, must also be included in the application.

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“Full proposal (1,000 words or less) that explains what makes this an investigative journalism project, what the applicant’s investigative plan is, what the story will uncover that’s new, and why the applicant is uniquely suited to do the story,” FIJ says.

Other requirements needed from an applicant include a budget for the project, a resume and references as well as a letter of commitment from a media outlet to publish the story.

The funding organization noted that a board of directors, comprised of accomplished journalists, would review the proposals and decide which ones to approve. “Journalists who receive grants are also eligible for other support, including editorial mentorship, pro bono legal help and training,” the organisation adds.

Interested and qualified journalists are required to kindly click here for the online application as the Proposals would not be accepted after January 30, 2023.

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