Grants available to EU journalists

Journalists with good ideas for a cross-border investigative journalism project have two months left to apply for a working grant, explains The application deadline is 15 September. supports journalists in carrying out cross-border investigative journalism projects by providing working grants, advice and networking opportunities. We don’t work with a rolling application system, but with fixed deadlines. The next deadline is planned for Monday 15 September 2014. So if you have a good idea for a cross-border research project, you can submit an application until 15 September at 11.59 pm.

Make sure your application is eligible. For example, the project has to be a collaboration between at least two journalists from two different European countries. You can read all about the rules for applications here.

Advice session

If it is the first time you are applying for a working grant and you don’t really know if your idea is eligible or how you should go about applying, we are keen to help you. On Thursday 31 July, investigative journalist and chairwoman Brigitte Alfter is ready to offer advice and answer any questions you may have via Skype. Of course, more experienced journalists are welcome to make a Skype appointment with Brigitte as well.

To keep things manageable, make a Skype appointment if you’re interested. Please send us an e-mail at and we’ll coordinate with you and Brigitte what the best time for the Skype call is.

Published projects has (co-)funded several big European investigative journalism projects in the past years. The Migrants Files is a major cross-border data journalism project that was published simultaneously in six countries and, subsequently, many more. It looked at the number of men, women and children that died as a result of EU Member States migration policies. You can find all the published projects we have supported here.

About vzw (formerly known as Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw) is an independent non‐profit organisation established with the purpose of promoting quality cross-border and in-depth journalism in Europe.
Why we exist

Globalisation has had an enormous impact on the way we live. Business and trade take place across borders, political decisions are made on international level, criminal networks operate in various countries. Society is more international and more complex than ever before.

At the same time news media, faced with increasing financial pressure, seem to be moving in the opposite direction. More news items have to be produced, there is little time for research and international news is being cut back on. Cross-border investigative journalism fits into no traditional business model whatsoever. As a result, journalists who want to look into matters thoroughly or focus on topics that exceed national borders don’t get the chance to do so.

What we do supports journalists who have good ideas for quality in-depth and cross-border research. We focus on two ways of doing so, through our projects. The first is by giving working grants to journalists that enable them to work on a project over a longer period of time. The second is by providing networking opportunities for the investigative journalism community to share ideas and methods.

We have a particular focus on Europe and hope to add to the creation of a European public sphere.

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