Programs are sprouting up around the world to support coronavirus projects great and small — from international reporting collaborations to community-focused newsletters.
Latest Update: June 5, 2020
As the world combats the spread of Covid-19, science journalism’s role in maintaining a safe, well-informed public has never been more vital. A number of organizations around the world have responded by announcing grants to support independent journalists and newsrooms in their efforts to cover the pandemic and its social impacts. There are grants for projects great and small — from international reporting collaborations to community-focused coronavirus newsletters. To help connect journalists with those funding sources, the Knight Science Journalism Program has compiled the following list of grant programs that are currently accepting applications:
- The Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center are opening a new call for grant proposals for digital, collaborative news projects that aim to shed light on the intersection of Covid-19, deforestation, and other critical issues in the Amazon. There is no minimum or maximum award amount. Independent and staff journalists, newsrooms, and independent news organizations working with any media are welcome to apply. Applications are due June 30.
- The North Carolina Local News Fund is accepting applications for its North Carolina COVID-19 news and information grants. 501c3 public charity non-profit entities that serve North Carolina residents are invited to apply for grants of up to $30,000. Applications are due June 15.
- The International Center for Journalists and the Facebook Journalism Project are also offering the Reporting on Refugee Communities Amidst a Pandemic program, which will support Middle Eastern and North African journalists reporting on refugee camps. Recipients will receive an online training course, reporting grants of up to $1,500, and dedicated mentorship. Applications are due June 8, 2020.
- The International Center for Journalists and the Facebook Journalism Project are partnering to offer COVID-19 Reporting Grants for MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) Journalists. Individual journalists in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Yemen can apply for $2,500 grants to produce stories related to Covid-19 and its effects. Applications will be accepted until June 12.
- The Coronavirus Storytelling Project — a collaboration between Inasmuch Foundation, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, and Oklahoma Watch — will provide one time $500 stipends to write stories on “either the coronavirus outbreak, challenges faced by journalists during the pandemic, or an issue important to Oklahoma in 2020.” Applications are being reviewed weekly.
- Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) is accepting applications for virtual newsroom support and editorial consultancy by rolling deadline, with special consideration for COVID-19-related investigations. Virtual newsroom awards may come with a grant of up to $12,500 to complete an investigation or a grant of up to $2,500 to develop an initial story pitch.
- The Fund for Investigative Journalists is offering financial support to U.S. freelance journalists working on coronavirus stories that expose wrongdoing in the public or private sectors, including corruption and abuse of power. Awards of up to $10,000 will be given to cover out-of-pocket reporting expenses. Foreign-based story proposals are eligible, but must have a strong U.S. angle and be published in a U.S. media outlet. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.
- The National Geographic Society’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists will provide grants ranging between $1,000 and $8,000 to support local coverage of “the preparation, response, and impact of [the Covid-19] pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting.” The fund will prioritize reporting that serves underserved populations. Writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts are encouraged to apply, and applicants may hail from anywhere in the world. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.
- The nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project is offering grants to independent journalists covering stories at “the intersection of the coronavirus and financial suffering in America,” with an emphasis on journalists who are themselves experiencing hardship. Successful story pitches for written stories are funded at approximately $1 per word. The organization prefers for applicants to provide a letter of commitment to co-publish from a large media outlet, though it is not a requirement.
Grant programs that are no longer accepting applications include:
- The Internews Information Saves Lives Rapid Response Fund.
- The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism‘s 2020 National Fellowship.
- The Covid-19 Latin America News Relief Fund, a project of the International Center for Journalists and the Facebook Journalism Project.
- The South Africa Covid-19 Local News Relief Fund, a project of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Facebook Journalism Project.
- The International Anti-Corruption Conference‘s investigative reporting grants for young journalists.
- Getty Images’ Covid-19 reportage grants.
- The European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund, a collaboration between the Facebook Journalism Project and the European Journalism Centre.
- The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting‘s Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge.
- Fundación Gabo‘s Solutions Journalism Grants for Latin America, launched under the auspices of the Tinker Foundation.
- Meedan‘s Microgrants for COVID-19 Media Work in Emerging Economies, launched by the nonprofit’s “Check Global” program.
- The Facebook Journalism Project’s COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund.
- The Africa-China Reporting Project’s public health reporting grants.
Please check back here for updates as new Covid-19 grants are announced and added to this list. If you know of any grant opportunities we’ve missed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For another helpful source of Covid-19 related funding for journalists, see the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s compilation of Covid-19 journalism grants.