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Upcoming deadlines for global grants applications and other opportunities

This selection is aimed at media workers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. More information can be found by following the links under each summary.

All opportunities are in chronological order.

Good luck!

Around the world public media organisations and funders have also launched funds to help support producers, freelancers and creators and provide security during uncertain times. For more details about these opportunities, check out our dedicated public media funding page.

Also check out our Coronavirus resources and best practices page, which includes a list of additional funding opportunities that aim to support media professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Featured Opportunities

Call for Partnerships for Global Media Defence Fund

Deadline: 10 May 2020

“The Global Media Defence Fund is a Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Program at UNESCO developed with the goal of enhancing media protection and improving the access of journalists to specialised legal assistance. It was established upon impulsion by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada in the framework of the 2019 Global Campaign for Media Freedom – and under the overall umbrella of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.”

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Journalism training opportunity: How can solutions journalism enhance how we report on migration?

Deadline: Throughout 2020

Are you a journalist based in the EU and covering (or interested in covering) migration?

The Local’s journalists have developed a curriculum for applying the techniques of solutions journalism to migration reporting as part of an EU-wide project, MAX (Maximising Migrants’ Contributions to Society). Funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, MAX aims to expand the public narrative around immigration in Europe and highlight stories of real people who have migrated and the communities they have joined.

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The Global Investigative Journalism Network (IGJN) launched a collaborative network during a GIJN webinar. This is a platform where pitches for investigative documentaries and long-form productions about Covid-19 can be submitted and passed onto several public broadcaster production teams including BBC Africa, BBC Arabic, CBC Canada, PBS Frontline and RTS in Switzerland as well as Premières Lignes, an independent French TV production and news agency that has worked with France Télévisions.

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Fund for Investigative Journalism (US)

Deadline: 4 May 2020

The FIJ Board of Directors is looking for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of colour. You can receive up to $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.

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Reporting on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Programme

Deadline: 4 May 2020

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s one-week Reporting on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery in Bangkok is a unique chance for journalists in Thailand to gain practical skills and knowledge and work on your story ideas with guidance from experienced Thomson Reuters Foundation journalists and subject experts from reputed anti-trafficking charities..

With support from the C&A Foundation, the workshop offers a combination of specialist expertise and hands-on training, with an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.

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Call for Partnerships for Global Media Defence Fund

Deadline: 10 May 2020

“The Global Media Defence Fund is a Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Program at UNESCO developed with the goal of enhancing media protection and improving the access of journalists to specialised legal assistance. It was established upon impulsion by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada in the framework of the 2019 Global Campaign for Media Freedom – and under the overall umbrella of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.”

[Text sourced from the United Nations Global Marketplace]

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Thomson Reuters Foundation’s COVID-19 Crisis Reporting EAP Hub

Deadline: 24 May 2020

“Thomson Reuters Foundation’s COVID-19 Crisis Reporting EAP Hub creates a space for journalists across several countries in Eastern Europe to gather virtually for training, knowledge sharing, expert sessions and network building, ensuring that they and their newsrooms remain on top of the story of the year.”

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IIJ4EU’s Investigation Support scheme

Deadline: 14 June 2020

Investigative Journalism for Europe has opened the first call for a new grant that provides support for new or existing investigative projects that are entering an early stage. Investigations can be on a variety of topics, including about Covid-19 but must have a cross-border relevance between EU member states. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £50,000. The second call will open in August.

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Woman, Power and Media: a leadership course for journalists (Online course – Spanish)

Course duration: 22 June – 2 August 2020

‘Muher, Poder y Medios’ is a 6-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that aims to strengthen leadership skills for women in media and journalism. Participants will “learn from female journalists, reporters, freelancers, media entrepreneurs” and develop communication skills, self-confidence and how to improve results of a project.

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Journalism Diversity Fund

Deadline: 24 June 2020

“Administered by the NCTJ, the Journalism Diversity Fund awards bursaries to aspiring journalists from socially or ethnically diverse backgrounds who do not have the financial means to support themselves through NCTJ journalism training, giving them the opportunity to pursue one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around.”

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The AIBs 2020

Deadline: 26 June 2020

“The international awards for journalism and factual television, radio, audio and digital productions in any language run by the Association for International Broadcasting”

Non-member companies are also welcome to apply.

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Civitates request for proposals to support independent, public interest journalism in Europe

Deadline: 30 June 2020

“Civitates aims to establish a diverse cohort of independent, public interest journalism organisations which defend democracy in Europe by covering stories of societal importance – by exposing abuses of power and drivers of polarization and defending a space in which all voices are heard.

The fund will provide multi-year commitments for general operating support and the institutional strengthening of its grantee partners to build more durable, more resilient, more networked, and more impactful public interest journalism organisations in Europe.

In addition to strengthening specific organizations, Civitates will connect its grantee partners, encouraging them to learn and grow stronger together. This network effect is an essential element of this line of work and grantee partners are expected to play an active role in it.”

[Text sourced from Civitates]

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Youth4Regions – the programme for aspiring journalists

Deadline: 13 July 2020

This European Commission programme aims to provide young people aged 18-30 from the EU or a neighbouring country with the opportunity to take part in training on journalism, find out what the EU is doing in their region and  receive mentoring from professional journalists within your country all throughout EU Regions’ Week

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European Cross-Border Grants

Deadline: 15 July 2020

Journalismfund.eu is offering grants to teams within at least two Council of Europe member states to “promote independent investigative journalism”.

The grants are funded by Open Society Foundations and the Addesium foundation.

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Beyond survival? A new Human Resources research project for PMA members

Deadline: Ongoing

Our new project aims to develop people management strategies to ensure the development and growth of PSMs in the fragmented digital media landscape.

In an exciting new research project, the Public Media Alliance (PMA) has partnered with Peter Block from the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), to launch a project that will review the processes by which participating PSM’s manage the employer-employee relationship during the employment life-cycle.

The purpose is to highlight issues for the sector at large, identify common themes of staff development needs, and offer some practical recommendations for good practice to the PMA community.

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BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

The BFI is administering a three-year pilot fund of £57 million, derived from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to help expand the children’s content industry in the UK.

The Fund seeks to support public service broadcasting content aimed at audiences under 18 with the creation and development of new programmes which include PSB values by reflecting UK identity and children’s lives (both regionally and nationally), educating and informing audiences as well as representing more diversity and alternative voices.

‘Production and development awards will contribute to the funding of programmes, shown on television and online platforms, that have public service broadcasting values in live-action and animation and across all genres.’

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ICFJ Knight Fellowships

Deadline: Ongoing 

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for outstanding journalists with a background in digital journalism, training or coaching, to work “in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development.”

“Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.”

Proposals for fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but there are other opportunities to apply for that can be found on the website.

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Deadline: Ongoing

“The Assistance Desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have been the victims of reprisals because of their reporting.” Individuals, NGOs and media outlets can apply for support.

[Text sourced from RSF]


Deadline: Ongoing

The Chilean digital magazine Puroperiodismo, is inviting journalists, developers, designers and innovators residing in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in this project.

Media professionals who are currently exploring new technologies, approaches to reporting, developing an app or similar are encourage to talk about it in the magazine.

Entries are on an ongoing basis

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Journalism training opportunity: How can solutions journalism enhance how we report on migration?

Deadline: Throughout 2020

Are you a journalist based in the EU and covering (or interested in covering) migration?

The Local’s journalists have developed a curriculum for applying the techniques of solutions journalism to migration reporting as part of an EU-wide project, MAX (Maximising Migrants’ Contributions to Society). Funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, MAX aims to expand the public narrative around immigration in Europe and highlight stories of real people who have migrated and the communities they have joined.

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NPR Story Lab

Deadline: Rolling

“The NPR Story Lab is looking for great ideas. In fact, we’re an idea hub – generating new segments for our news programs, creating radio shows, and launching new podcasts. We want to collaborate with member stations and independent producers. We want to work with new talent that brings a fresh perspective to NPR. We want to keep innovating and leading in the podcast and radio world. The NPR Story Lab is a true creative studio at the heart of NPR, one that fosters experimentation and continues to evolve the sound of public radio.  Tell us your ideas, and let’s make stuff!”

Are you interested in submitting your story or pitching a programme idea to America’s foremost public radio station? NPR are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Get involved via the link below.

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Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Deadline: Ongoing

“OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work. ”

The eligibility criteria includes supporting projects based around media and access to information. The OSIEA is available to both organisations and individuals.

Interested grant seekers should consult the OSIEA website for more information on eligibility and application guidelines.

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Pitching Investigative Documentaries – GIJN

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (IGJN) launched a collaborative network during a GIJN webinar. This is a platform where pitches for investigative documentaries and long-form productions about Covid-19 can be submitted and passed onto several public broadcaster production teams including BBC Africa, BBC Arabic, CBC Canada, PBS Frontline and RTS in Switzerland as well as Premières Lignes, an independent French TV production and news agency that has worked with France Télévisions.

Submit your pitch here:

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The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

The Pulitzer Center has published an advisory note to all new applicants in light of Covid-19. Please read here.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers several ongoing grants “to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media.” These include the International Reporting Grant, Rainforest Journalism Fund and Bringing Stories Home: Local Reporting Grants. Freelance and staff journalists from news outlets can apply.

Find out how to apply and the other grants available via the link below:

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Training: Online Courses for Media Professionals

Deadline: Ongoing 

A selection of online tutorials created by the European Journalism Centre and supported by the Google News Initiative.

The diverse new set of courses include ‘Where to hire a data journalist’; ‘Python for journalists’ as well as  “Google Search for Journalists”; “Verification: the basics” and “Managing Data Journalism Projects” among many others.

All courses are free and vary in difficulty. Courses can be completed at the participant’s preferred pace.

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Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

European media representatives are invited to apply for this fellowship, which will give them the chance to travel across the United States and expand on their knowledge of America and its citizens.

Organized by the Transatlantic Media Network (TMN), the goal of this fellowship is to strengthen the existing transatlantic relationship and improving mutual understanding among journalists and media professionals of both sides of the Atlantic.

The visiting journalists will follow an individual itinerary, created on their skills and interests, which will take them mostly around Washington DC and to visit TMN’s partner institutions, such as universities and journalism schools.

The fellowships may have a different duration but they will all be up to three months.

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Last updated on 28 May 2020.

If you have any suggestions for grants applications and other opportunities please email PMA at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.