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European Journalism Centre (€200,000) grant 2018 for freelancers and newsrooms reporting on opportunities for women.

Application Deadline:21 February 2018 (22:00 CET)  

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre. The grant programme aims to advance innovative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The average grant given is around €20,000 and the programme is open to both freelancers and newsrooms.


In this call for applications we are looking for proposals on the topic of opportunities for women today.

EJC is looking to fund innovative projects about opportunities for (preferably young) women in developing countries.

For example, we are looking for stories on women’s:

  • lifelong learning;
  • health conditions, sexuality or fertility;
  • job opportunities or entrepreneurship;
  • new roles in their communities.

Please note: this is a non-exhaustive list.

Country Focus

To be eligible, your story must report on one or more of the world’s developing countries, (ideally Least Developed Countries (LDCs)), and/or the key European donor countries’ development relations with these countries.

Please note that countries excluded from reporting are: the former Yugoslav Republic, former Soviet Union countries, China and countries covered by a US financial embargo (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria).

Who is eligible?

Both freelance journalists and employed newsroom staff may apply. There is no citizenship, nationality or residence/location restriction on the applicants as long as the final results are published in relevant media organisations* with significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following European countries:

  • France
  • Germany
  • the Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

The funded stories can be published in any of the official languages of the five admissible countries.

Only media outlets from the eligible countries can be considered as primary outlets. Secondary outlets may cater to any other European country, while publications outside Europe are most welcome for supplemental dissemination.


The average grant given is about €20,000 and applicants are encouraged to apply for a minimum grant of €10,000.

Freelancers and newsrooms may apply for full funding for a project, or partial story funding to top-up existing reporting budgets. Grants cannot cover costs for the salaries of journalists who are already employed.

Freelance journalist fees should be at market rate and be a reasonable percentage of the overall budget. All travel and project costs must be included; our experienced jury will reject proposals with unrealistic budgets, so research this thoroughly.

Awarded grants can cover:

  • Freelance fees
  • Direct expenses for research and study trips, including travel and accommodation
  • Technical costs to hire equipment or crew
  • Access to professional databases or original data gathering efforts
  • Graphics, design and visualisation
  • Renting of equipment for production and post-production work
  • Translations into other languages with the aim of wider reach
  • Development or adaptation of software specifically directly for the implementation of the project

The grant programme does not cover:

  • Salaries of journalists who are already employed
  • Costs that took place prior to the grant or previously published work
  • Indirect costs (overheads)
  • Purchases of equipment, machines, real-estate, general-purpose software licenses
  • Bribes or otherwise unethical, illegal and undocumented expenses
  • Activities violating the privacy of individuals
  • Political campaigns or lobbying activities

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Journalism Centre (€200,000) grant 2018 

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