World Federation of Science Journalists

EARTH JOURNALISM GRANTS FUND ALLOCATED TO 5 PROJECTS. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS MAY 15, 2015


April 21, 2015

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS DOES THIS GRANT OPPORTUNITY SUPPORT?

The Earth Journalism Grants Fund is focused on capacity and network building with flexible spending guidelines that enable local networks to invest in strategic opportunities, build the capacities of their members, and respond to communities’ needs.

Projects funded by this grant should have a strong thematic focus on climate change. Particular attention should be given to how climate change affects vulnerable and marginalized communities.  

While content production is an important aspect of any project, applications without some form of network- or capacity-building component will not be considered.  But if special opportunities arise, we are open to supporting fellowships and travel grants that support specific story ideas or coverage of key events, so long as these projects facilitate the creation of networks and/or are part of a training process. Two examples of previous grantee projects can be found here.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT?

The Earth Journalism Grants fund is designed to support the establishment of environmental journalism networks in countries where they don't exist, and build their capacity where they do. Applicants should note their affiliations with existing media organizations or provide detailed plans about how this project would facilitate the creation of a new organization. 

As Internews is strictly a media development organization, please avoid any applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.

WHERE CAN THIS FUNDING BE USED?

We are predominantly focused on the developing world, where the need is often the greatest, but the pool of available resources is limited. However, we are open to proposals from anywhere, and in this case we would be interested in projects that focus reporting on the climate impacts on women, youth and indigenous peoples in countries that will play a leading role in international climate negotiations.

HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE GRANTS?

This grant fund contains $50,000 USD and ideally will be allocated to 5 projects. While the average for each grant is approximately $10,000 USD, we can provide funding over the average for projects that demonstrates a critical need.  

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, May 15, 2015.

  • Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee.
  • Applications should include a budget using this form
  • The projects are generally expected to take place this year, and we are particularly looking to see a lot of activity carried out prior to the COP21 Climate Summit held in early December, 2015. Final reports for accepted projects must be filed no later than Feb 10, 2016
  • Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support will be favorably viewed.

New EJN Members should register for an account before applying. Registration should happen via the website.  

More information on the Earth Journalism Network and the Fund can be found on their website