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The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund supports cross-border watchdog journalism in the European Union and EU candidate countries. It provides grants and other assistance to teams of journalists or news outlets investigating topics of public interest.
Managed by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the Freelancer Support Scheme is one of the two grants of the IJ4EU fund. The Freelancer Support Scheme runs in parallel to the Investigation Support Scheme, managed by the International Press Institute (IPI).In the 2022/23 edition of the programme, the IJ4EU fund will provide €1.23 million in direct grants to support investigative journalism on transnational subjects. Approximately €900,000 will be distributed through the Investigation Support Scheme and €330,000 through the Freelancer Support Scheme.
The IJ4EU is co-funded by the European Commission as a Preparatory Action. It is implemented by a consortium led by the International Press Institute (IPI) in partnership with the European Journalism Centre and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig.