Donor: Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual
Deadline: 31.03.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 20.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Media & Journalism

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine


1) Objective

The IJ4EU’s Freelancer Support Scheme is a dedicated initiative providing crucial support to freelance journalists working on cross-border investigations in Europe. With a fund of around €500,000 for 2024/25, managed by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the scheme offers grants up to €20,000, complemented by tailored assistance including training, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

It aims to empower freelance journalists, particularly those operating outside traditional newsroom structures, to undertake investigative projects of significant public interest at local, national, regional, or European levels, in various formats like print, broadcast, online media, and documentary filmmaking.

2) Eligibility

Eligible teams must consist of at least two freelance journalists based in two different European countries that are part of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme. This includes all 27 EU member states and non-EU countries like Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Ukraine. Team members from third countries can participate if the core geographical criteria are met. The United Kingdom, Moldova, and Turkey are considered third countries in the 2024-2025 edition. Projects must be relevant to the public interest in the targeted countries or the broader European public sphere.

3) Location

Eligible countries include all 27 EU member states, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Ukraine.

4) Budget

The scheme provides grants up to €20,000. Grant funding can cover various costs necessary for the development, completion, and publication of the investigation, excluding equipment costs. The payment of grants is made in three installments: 60% upon signing the grant agreement, 20% after a mid-term report, and the remaining 20% following the submission of a final report.

5) Application

The deadline for applications is eight weeks after the launch of the call, on March 31 at 23:59 CEST.

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