Call for Applications: Reporting Democracy Grants for Journalists

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Reporting Democracy is inviting journalists from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe to submit proposals for compelling stories that shed light on democracy issues facing the region.

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This grant opportunity aims to support analytical and investigative journalism, advocate for media freedom, and amplify voices addressing social justice, the rule of law, minority rights, equality, access to public services and other topics pertinent to human rights.

Journalists are encouraged to pitch story ideas on relevant subjects falling under the umbrella of Reporting Democracy.

Grants, each valued 2,000 euros, are available for professional freelance or staff journalists with proposals for investigative, analytical or feature pieces.

Reporting Democracy will provide editorial support and a platform for publishing and distributing selected stories.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 30, 2024.

Interested individuals can apply by filling out the application form available via this LINK.

General rules for the call for applications:

  • Grants are available to journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
  • Formal applicants can be individual journalists (working as part of newsroom structures as well as freelancers) or teams (e.g., reporter, producer, photographer, video editor) with the designated team leader being the contract signatory.
  • A maximum of ten grants will be awarded in this cycle, and each applicant may submit only one application under this grant scheme.
  • The maximum amount per grant is 2,000 euros.
  • Cross-border approaches are encouraged
  • Eligible expenses include fees, travel expenses and various production costs (documents, videographer, photographer, etc).

How to apply:

Applicants should use the RD grants application form to submit the application [LINK].

The application form must be completed in English, and additional documentation can be submitted in an online format. Clarifications will only be requested when the provided information is insufficient for an objective assessment.

The deadline for submission is 23:59 CET on January 30, 2024.

For additional inquiries, please contact us at [email protected].

Evaluation and selection:

Step I: Technical evaluation by BIRN staff to ensure applicants followed application procedures and submitted all required documents.

Step II: Evaluation by the editorial board to select applicants based on criteria such as:

  1. Quality and originality of the proposed idea;
  2. Feasibility of the proposed plan;
  3. Ability to reach a broad public.

Step III: Notification of applicants.

Successful candidates will be informed within two weeks after the close of the call.