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Grants: Africa

Grants: Africa

These grants are designed specifically for journalists working on the African continent.

Connecting Continents

Deadline: August
Country/Region Applicable: Europe and Africa and Oxfam Novib have teamed up for this pilot project offering grants for mixed teams of African and European journalists. Connecting Continents focusses on investigating financial flows and governance - previous projects funded by have included 'The Migrants Files' amongst other high-profile investigations. Applications are particularly encouraged from teams operating in Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria or The DRC. Each funding round offers around $50,000 in grants - though this will be split between an unspecified number of successful teams. 


Bourse Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon 

Deadline: August
Country/Region applicable: West Africa 

In remembrance of two french reporters assassinated in Northern Mali in 2013, Radio France Internationale set up this grant to provide 2 journalists - a radio reporter and audio editor - with a months training in Paris. Each year, the program receives applications from one country only - last year's was Benin - and applicants must be under the age of 35. It's not just successful applicants who can benefit though, as the selection process includes a round of workshops prior to announcement of the winner, which happens on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists - November 2. 


China-Africa Reporting Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: Africa/China

Run by the South African organisation Wit journalism, this programme aims to support African journalists interested in the growing relationship between China and the African continent. Both Chinese and African journalists are available to apply for reporting grants, which cover travel, accommodation and other expenses.


Taco Kuiper Grants

Deadline: ongoing
Country/region applicable: South Africa

If you're planning an investigatory story into contemporary issues in South Africa, these grants could be for you. Publication can be across print media - and applications can be made by a team of journalists, or an individual. Think big - any amount will be considered, provided that you can justify your budget. Interestingly, there's no application form - you just have to write, explaining why you think the story is relevant to South Africa today, when you plan on publishing the story and - crucially - how you will deliver it. Ideas are considered on a rolling basis, so apply now!


Kenya Media Programme Individual Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: Kenya

The Kenya Media Programme invites Kenyan journalists to submit proposals for investigative and public interest stories. Applicants should have at least two years of relevant work experience, and must already have an outlet who is willing to publish the story (can be broadcasters, print, radio or digital media). Successful proposals should cover at least one of the following: politics, service delivery, implementation of the constitution, impunity, accountability and elections. KMP actively seek out proposals from rural based and female journalists. 


Programme for African Investigative Reporting

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivore, Ghana, Togo

The Programme for African Investigative Reporting (PAIR) aims to support West African investigative reporting by providing financial support for individual projects. The projects can be on a national or international level, but must reveal new information of public interest and have a prior interest from a media outlet. The programme is ongoing and the funds given out are discretionary, depending on the needs of the individual applicant.

Tanzanian Media Fund Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Applicable: Tanzania

Freelancers based in or reporting on Tanzania should consider applying to the Tanzanian Media Fund. They offer four different types of grants that cover different subjects, designed to help Tanzanian journalists in different situations, including emergency reporting, rural stories and topics covering new media. Grants can be between 750,000Tsh-16,000,000Tsh.

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