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Grants: Americas

Grants: Americas

These grants are available specifically for journalists in the Americas to apply to.

The Fellowship for International Development Reporting

Deadline: January
Country/Region applicable: Canada

Canadian freelancers with at least five years' of journalistic experience are elegible to apply for this grant, run by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. One journalist each year is awarded a grant of $25,000 to undertake a "substantial reporting project" with the aim of helping Canadians gain a better understanding of the issues facing the developing world. Recipients will receive funding to undertake a project which provides information, analysis and insight into a development issue, and must commit to publishing and/or broadcasting their project within one year of being awarded the fellowship. 

Gordon Sinclair Roving Reporter Bursaries

Deadline: March
Country/Region applicable: Canada

Early-career Canadian journalists can apply to the Gordon Sinclair Foundation for $15,000 travel bursary. The purpose of the bursary is to help young Canadian journalists get off the beaten track and spend a considerable amount of time away on a reporting assignment - a minimum of six weeks. Successful projects will cover an area or region not normally covered by the media, and you must have left a Canadian journalism school in the last five years to qualify.

IRE's Freelance Fellowship Award

Deadline: March
Country/Region applicable: US

The Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc offers an annual grant scheme to assist freelancers in conducting investigative journalism projects. Projects with a focus on whistle blowers, business ethics and/or privacy issues will receive priority, although projects focusing on other areas will also be given serious consideration. The average grant size is $1,000.  To apply, fill in the application form online. Applicants must be based in the US.

Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism

Deadline: April
Country/Region applicable: US, Romania, Colombia, South Africa

If you are interested in mental health issues, or are looking for funding for a project on this topic, then this fellowship is worth investigating. Run by the Carter Center, a human rights organisation established by the former US president, this fellowship is available to experienced  journalists from the relevant countries with at least three years' worth of experience. Between 5-10 grants of up to $10,000 are given out each year to support the entirety of a project, which includes research, travel and accommodation. Projects can be designed for print/online, photojournalism or broadcast.


NPPA Short Grants

Deadline: August
Country/Region applicable: US

Each year the National Press Photographers Association offer 6 grants of $3000 each to support photojournalists based in the US. A project funded by the grant should be small in scale and focused. Any professional photojournalist based in the US can apply.

Abe Fellowship for Journalists

Deadline: September
Country/Region applicable: US/Japan

Freelancers from the US or Japan with at least five years of professional experience can apply for the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, run by the US-based Social Science Research Council. Successful applicants will have proposed a project that "informs public debate or public policy" on Japanese or US relations. Each grant is worth $23,500, which can go towards travel, research and production costs. The proposed project should last no more than six weeks. For more information, visit their website.

Publica grants

Deadline: November
Country/Region applicable: Brazil

Investigative journalists can apply for a grant from Publica, Brazil’s first non-profit investigative journalism agency. The aim of the grants are to fund stories that contribute to public transparency, social justice and the defence of human rights. Each grant is worth BRL5000, and recipients will also receive mentoring alongside the funding.

In 2015, the grants were co-sponsored by Greenpeace, and were aimed at investigations related to energy.

R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship

Deadline: November/December
Country/Region applicable: Canada/Journalists based in Canada

Freelancers in Canada looking to undertake a project abroad may want to consider applying to the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. The grant of $25,000 is offered to one journalist per year to enable them to undertake a investigative journalism project in any form of media. It is designed to support the travel, reporting and research costs for a project.  Visit their website to fill in an online application form.

H.D. Lloyd Fund for Investigative Journalism

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region applicable: United States

This fund is designed to support freelance journalists whose work is produced for US audiences. Grants typically range from between $500-$10,000, and can fund a project in any media format. The proposed project should aim to report on undercovered aspects of news and events "affecting everyday people's lives". Although freelancers from any nationality are encouraged to apply, the project must be intended for a US audience and the applicant must have experience of producing content for a US media outlet.

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