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The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact.

Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants, and their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.

We provide three types of grants:

  • Regular grants: We review proposals three to four times a year for grants up to $10,000. The next deadline is May 3, 2021. Applicants will receive a decision in mid-June.
  • Expedited grants: In rare cases, we provide an expedited reviews for proposals that are extremely urgent and cannot wait for the regular review cycle. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants receive a decision within about two weeks.
  • Follow-up grants: We accept proposals for timely follow-up coverage to original investigations that were produced with grants from the Fund. Grantees can apply for expedited review for follow-up grants up to $2,500.

All proposals
 are submitted through the same application form.

More information about our grants is below. Additional resources about applying for grants include:

General information about grants


We review applications three or four times a year. The next application deadline is Monday, May 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Applicants receive a decision about six weeks after the deadline. 

In rare cases, we provide expedited reviews for extremely urgent proposals. Applicants who request expedited review must explain why the proposal is critically urgent and how waiting for regular review would harm the public or render the story moot. If expedited review is granted, applicants receive a decision within about two weeks. Grant Amounts Letter of Commitment Areas of InterestInternational Reporting Grants Budget Guidelines Mentors Questions Review Disclaimer of Liability