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Two new IJ4EU grant schemes for cross-border investigative journalism


Two new IJ4EU grant schemes for cross-border investigative journalism

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Zlatina Siderova — Programme Lead Grants
June 01, 2021

The EJC manages the Freelancer Support Scheme, designed to support exclusively freelancer collaborations

The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) launches today two new calls for cross-border investigative journalism projects in the European Union. A total of €1.1 million will be available as direct grants under two grant schemes, the Investigation Support Scheme and the Freelancer Support Scheme. Approximately €835,000 will be distributed through the Investigation Support Scheme and €265,000 through the Freelancer Support Scheme.

This year, the European Journalism Centre will manage the brand new Freelancer Support Scheme. It is implemented for the first time under IJ4EU to support freelance investigative journalists across Europe and to address the specific challenges they encounter. The scheme will provide grants of up to €20,000 to cross-border investigative teams made up entirely of freelance journalists. It will also provide an additional element of support to grantees in the forms of mentoring, training and networking opportunities. The scheme will have only one call in 2021 and the deadline for applications is July 14 at 23:59 CEST. See full information and FAQs.

The Investigation Support Scheme is managed by the International Press Institute (IPI) and is open to teams of any configuration, including hybrid teams of staff journalists and freelancers, as long as they include at least one newsroom element. It will provide grants of between €5,000 and €50,000. The deadline for applications is July 14 at 23:59 CEST. A second call under this scheme is expected to open in August. See full information and frequently asked questions.

General Eligibility for IJ4EU

The geographical eligibility criteria are the same for both schemes. Applications must be submitted by teams with members based in at least two EU member states or at least one EU member state and the UK. IJ4EU also welcomes applications from journalists based in third countries (including official EU candidate countries) , as long as they team up with colleagues in at least two EU member states (or one EU country and the UK). Projects must focus on topics of cross-border relevance and need to be published by media outlets in at least two EU countries (or one EU country and the UK). Teams working in all types of media, including print, broadcast, online media, documentary filmmaking and multi-platform story-telling are welcome to apply. IJ4EU grants may be used to cover nearly any type of cost necessary for the production of journalistic content.

The IJ4EU Fund continues its commitment to support cross-border investigative reporting at a crucial and challenging time for journalism and the media as investigative journalism remains as important as ever during the ongoing public health situation.

Interested to learn more about IJ4EU?

Read the full announcement here

Full details about both funding schemes and how to apply can be found on the IJ4EU website. Have a look also at our FAQs about applying.

See previously funded investigations in our projects section.


General questions/questions related to the Investigation Support Scheme: Timothy Large, IJ4EU programme coordinator at IPI (

Questions related to the Freelancer Support Scheme: Zlatina Siderova, EJC project manager (siderova[at]

In 2021 the programme is again funded by the European Commission as a Preparatory Action. Other donors will be announced as further partnerships are confirmed.


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