The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund supports cross-border watchdog journalism in the European Union and EU candidate countries.
The 2022/23 edition of 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.
Managed by the European Journalism Centre, the International Press Institute and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the fund aims to foster cross-border collaboration and the resilience of investigative journalists, thus safeguarding media freedom and pluralism.
Two grant schemes
The Investigation Support Scheme will provide grants of between €5,000 and €50,000 to allow cross-border teams of any type to carry out investigations of public interest. The scheme will provide altogether €900,000 in grants in 2022/23. It is managed by the International Press Institute (IPI).
The Freelancer Support Scheme will provide grants of up to €20,000 to cross-border investigative teams, whose members operate predominantly outside of newsroom structures. It will also provide an extra layer of support through training, mentoring and networking opportunities.
This is the second edition of the Freelancer Support Scheme, which was implemented within IJ4EU for the first time in 2021/22 and supported 15 cross-border collaborative investigations. In 2022/23 the scheme will provide altogether around €330,000 in grants. It is managed by the European Journalism Centre (EJC).
The deadline for applications for both Investigation Support Scheme and the Freelancer Support Scheme is 13 October, 23:59 CEST. Both schemes will have a second call in January 2023.