In general

Some applications can be refused on budget grounds.

After the application deadline, Journalismfund.eu checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week.

After this the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision.

Applicants are usually informed around 30 days after the deadline.

The applications are assessed by a jury with 4 members. The members of the jury are experienced editors, investigative journalists or media specialists. They remain anonymous until they leave the jury.

Both Journalismfund.eu and the jury are bound to strict confidentiality—before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.

Timing

There will be 10 application rounds over the three years. The total amount per call is around 50.000 euro. The first deadline will be on the 15th of July. Underneath an approximate application timeline.

  • June 15 – Online applications open
  • July 15th – DEADLINE of the first application round at 11.59 pm Brussels time
  • 30th September – DEADLINE of the second application round at 11.59 pm Brussels time
  • 15th November – DEADLINE of third application round at 11.59 pm Brussels time

Further deadlines for 2019 and 2020 to follow.

The Jury

All applications will be screened by a separate, independent, anonymous jury of four people with ample experience in investigative journalism in Africa, Asia and Europe. The jury members are chosen by Journalismfund.eu and suggested by Oxfam Novib, Free Press Unlimited, Finance Uncovered and the advisory board of Journalismfund.eu. Their names will be made public after all grants have been awarded.

The jury will decide on journalistic criteria:

Criteria

Money Trail offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Applications will be assessed based on 9 criteria in relative weight to each other:

    Starters Senior
1 Added value compared to mainstream coverage / a forgotten story 18 15
2 Relevance in society 14 10
3 Originality and innovative ideas, research methods 18 13
4 Daring 14 8
5 Feasability 6 10
6 Newsworthiness 10 10
7 Experience of the applicants, references 3 7
8 Saleability 7 13
9 Time-consuming 10 14
  Total 100 100

For Who?

Only intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one African, one Asian and/or one European journalist are eligible to apply. Each team must consist of journalists from at least two continents.

Letter of intent for publication

In order to be eligible for application, the teams have to ensure that their story will be published in at least two continents. Therefore, during the application procedure they will be asked to upload letters of intent for publication from media organisations in at least two continents.

Budget

Journalismfund.eu supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

Download (excel) HERE an example of how to make a budget.

How Much?

There will be 10 application rounds over the three years. The total amount per call is around 50.000 euro. The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.

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