Funding

Looking for funding for future study, support, a project or training? We’ve put together the only complete list (that we know of) or places to find some cash to help you get on in journalism.

Got a tip-off? Just want a chat? Drop us a line on jem@journoresources.org.uk.

We’ll aim to update this list at least once a month, so you can plan ahead.

Last Updated September 15

Continual Applications

The White Pube Writers Grant
Every month, one working-class writer will be awarded £500. This is intended for people in the early stages of their career, to fund materials, time and life expenses. 

Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
An ongoing fund for women-identifying journalists who have ideas for an ambitious reporting project.

The Solutions Journalism Exchange
Bit of a unique one here. Each week, SoJo will choose a newsroom at random and give them $1000 to fund a freelancer.  

Pulitzer Center Data Journalism Grants 
Three to five proposals will be selected for data-driven journalism projects that spotlight under-reported issues. Apply ASAP. 

Fund for Women Journalists
A grant for women worldwide, for investigative social justice journalism and reporting projects. 

Widening Media Diversity Scholarships 
One scholarship funding for an MA in Journalism at City University for British Muslims, organized by The Penny Appeal. No deadline listed, but get your applications in ASAP. 

#GUAPFUND
£100 of emergency funding for a new creative each week

Audio and Radio Emergency Fund 
Grants of up to £1000 for freelancers in radio, podcasts, and audiobooks affected by the coronavirus pandemic 

National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the global pandemic. Demand is high, but applications are still being accepted. 

The Rory Peck Trust
Support for freelancers abroad in critical need, such as medical costs, subsistence and relocation.

The Rory Peck Training Fund
Crucial safety training for freelancers working abroad.

The Rory Peck Hardship Fund 
Practical and financial support for freelance journalists whose work and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. 

IWMF Emergency Fund – COVID-19 Relief Fund
Grants of up to $2,000 for women-identifying journalists who are facing financial hardship. **Over for now, but other grants available**

European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund
Grants of between €5,000 and €50,000 to support European news organisations during the pandemic. **Applications for the first wave are now closed.**

Fiverr UK Micro-Grant Programme
£500 in credit and £500 in cash for small and medium businesses, or individuals with an idea. **Closed**

The Community Radio Fund
Ofcom and Government pledge of £400,000 to support radio stations harmed by Coronavirus. **The first round of grants is now closed.**

Freelance Audio Fund 
Up to $600 in emergency relief for the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19.. **Over for now**

Format Photographer Fund 
Up to $500 to support photographer affected by COVID-19. **Over for now**

The Membership Puzzle Project 
Grants for publications exploring and experimenting with membership models. **Closed**

Portenier Human Rights Bursary
Funded training for filming in hazardous environments, open to freelancers with a history of shining light on human rights abuses.  **Applications are on hold because of the pandemic. When the new deadline is announced, we will update this post.**

September

IJ4EU Investigation Support SchemeCloses September 18
Grants between €5,000 to €50,000 are available for media teams to produce cross-border journalistic projects.  

PUSH Festival 2021 Artist Film CommissionsCloses September 18
A pretty open call out. You just have to be based in the North West of England and have an idea for one short moving image work. The commission is £1,500. 

London Library Membership Birthday GiveawayCloses September 20
Three memberships are available for unpublished and unagented writers from different age groups. This includes online access to all of the library’s material, so you don’t need to be London-based to take advantage of this.

European Commission’s Media Councils in the digital ageCloses September 21
Funding of €350,000 to be awarded to one team to help them in transitioning their business to digital. 

GRAIN Projects Online Artist ExchangeCloses September 25
£500 bursary for photographers based in Birmingham, from Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage to start a digital exchange. 

Nieman Foundation FellowshipsCloses September 25
Virtual fellowships for racial justice and public health journalism projects. $2,000  per week for up to 20 weeks.

European Commission Media Literacy for All 2020Closes September 30
A total of €500,000 to be split between three-five projects to combat disinformation.

World Congress of Science and Factual Producers Emerging Producers Bursary Program –  Closed September 4
There are 25 scholarships available for producers and content creators working in science, history and nonfiction media, which will cover the registration fee and provide advice for attending, for example. 

Postgrad Solutions Bursaries – Closed September 14
£500 bursaries for those studying an MA course.

Journalism.eu Money Trail Grant Programme Closed September 14
Up to €50,000 to global teams investigating illicit finance.

UNICEF Youth MediathonClosed September 15
There are 60 spots available for 16-24-year-olds. The event includes mentoring, workshops and the chance to publish work. 

Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators ProgramClosed September 15
A limited number of scholarships are available for remote learning at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism school, to help journalism entrepreneurs develop niche ventures.

World Press Photo Visual Solutions Journalism Initiative – Expected to Reopen in September
Up to $5,000 to commission a piece of visual solutions journalism photography.

Queer@Kings Activist in Residence – Expected to Reopen in September
£1,000 activism grant and year-long benefits for action helping the LGBT+ community in London.

United Nations Correspondents Association Award – Expected to Reopen in September
Three categories to award the best of print, broadcast and climate change stories. Prizes amount to $60,000.

n-ost Reporters in the Field Grant – Expected to Reopen in September
Up to €8,000 for teams investigating cross border stories in Europe.

Richard Beeston Bursaries 2019 – Expected to Reopen in September
A £6,000 grant for an aspiring British or UK-based correspondent to spend six-months abroad. A further scholarship is available for journalists in Israel, Palestine or Lebanon territories to spend six weeks at The Times, also given £6,000.. 

Write to End Violence Against Women Bursary – Expected to Reopen in September
A £450 bursary awarded to a new writer on the theme of violence against women.

Winston Churchill Fellowships – **Postponed to April 2021**
A funded four-eight-week trip abroad to inform a practical, society improving project at home.

October 

Reagan-Fascell Democracy FellowshipCloses October 1 
Five-month fellowships based in Washington DC, aimed at teaching democracy.

Getty Scholar GrantsCloses October 1 
Generous grants for researchers to pursue their own projects at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa in Los Angeles.

Alexia GrantCloses October 5
Professional and student photography grants available for meaningful visual story proposals. There’s a $20 fee for professional applicants. The winner will receive $20,000 (£1556.85). 

Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg FellowshipCloses October 9 
Open to journalism graduates, fellows will spend a year working in the Human Rights Watch’s office in the US. 

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21Closes October 14
This government-funded scheme will award £50,000 to a female founder who has an idea for a year-long project within the ‘agriculture and fisheries sectors’. 

National Geographic Request for ProposalsCloses October 21
Nat Geo is looking for stories about tropical rainforests. Grants vary from $5,000 to $70,000.

Human Rights Watch Alan. R and Barbara. D Fellowship – Expected to Reopen in October
A year-long fellowship in New York or Washington covering human rights investigations. $60,000 dollars for the year. 

International Student Travel Video Competition – Expected to Reopen in October
Win up to $4,000 by submitting a video of a trip you’d like to take during your studies.

Hostwriter Collaborative Journalism Prizes – Expected to Reopen in October
Between €1,000-2,000 for collaborative and cross-border stories and pitches.

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award – Expected to Reopen in September
A fully-funded place at the retreat from April 29 to May 3.

Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator – Expected to Reopen in September
A free programme of training, with a number of travel stipends available

November

Travel Photographer of the Year – Closes November 2
Lots of options here, including a portfolio and video category. Entry for the Young Travel Photographer of the Year is free. 

Sacred Writes bitch media Public Scholarships – Closed November 1
A three-month scholarship paying $2,000 to write four stories over three months.

The Alfa Fellowship Programme – Closed November 15
A opportunity to spend a year in Russia for 25-35-year-old professionals. Language classes and regional excursions are included, as well as accommodation and stipends. 

The Rockefeller Foundation – Closes November 15
Four week residency in Italy for projects which address issues that affect poor and vulnerable populations.

Hertfordshire Museums A Space To Be… – Closes November 25
Call for artists and writers to work on a project about well-being for young people.

World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship – Closed November 27
Win a 10-day mentored trip to Mongolia with Richard I’Anson

December

International Nieman Fellowships – Closed December 1
A year to work on an innovative journalism project. A full stipend is provided.

Kiplinger Programme in Public Affairs Journalist – Closed December 1
A short term fellowship at Ohio State University to spend a week training on digital tools.

John S Knight Fellowships at Stanford – Closed December 4
Spend 10 months at Stanford addressing the biggest issues facing journalism. About $85,000, plus tuition and healthcare.

The Future News Pilot Fund – Closed December 8
Between £20,000 and £100,000 to test new approaches to public interest news.

Thompson Foundation Journalism Now Scholar – Closed December 13
Win an all expenses paid five-week summer course in journalism in London.

Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholars – Closed December 13
For emerging leaders in any given field. Attend the university for a year, with tuition and living costs covered.

Kim Wall Memorial Fund – Closed December 16
A $5,000 grant for women covering stories on “the undercurrents of rebellion”.

Reach plc Funded NCTJ Places – Closed December 18
Two places to fund a fast-track NCTJ course, with placements at MyLondon and Football.London.

United Nations Democracy Fund – Closed December 22
Offering project grants between $100-300,000 to civil society organisations, with one focus being media.

January

Filmmakers Without Borders Grant Programme – Closed January 1
Between $100-5,000 in funding for filmmakers, covering development, production, post-production and film festival applications.

CUNY Business Journalism Fellows – Closed January 3
A $5,000 stipend to cover the global economy for US publications.

Roundhouse The Last Word Film Fund – Closed January 3
A £500 production budget plus £1,300 in additional support for 18-25-year-old filmmakers.

Lénaïc Fund for Quality Journalism – Closed January 4
A financial bursary of up to € 5,000 and so much more.

EU #Youth4Regions Press Trips – Closed January 6
Travel and expenses covered for several EU press trips across 2020 for young students or journalists.

the Goethe-Institute, (Re)-CollectinG Europe Residency – Closed January 10
Funded opportunity to spend four weeks travelling the UK covering Brexit.

National Endowment of Democracy Fund – Closed January 10
Funding of up to $50,000 for organisations, including independent media outlets, to advance democratic goals. Average grant $50,000.

Transparency and Accountability Initiative Photo Grant – Closed January 13
A $8,000 grant to produce at least 30 photographs on a story.

National Geographic Exploration Fund – Closed January 15
Between $10-30,000 in funding for work on wildlife, a changing planet or the human journey.

European Cross-Border Grants – Closed January 15
A total of €175,000 for investigative reporting which works across borders in at least two different countries.

O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism – Closed January 20
Offers a $65,000 stipend to research public service journalism at Marquette University.

McGraw Business Journalism ScholarshipsClosed January 31
Up to $15,000 to help fund a business story or investigation.

McGraw Business Journalism ScholarshipsClosed January 31
Up to $15,000 to help fund a business story or investigation.

February 

The Guardian Scott Trust BursaryExpected to Re-Open in February.
Funding for masters study in journalism, as well as a £6,000 living allowance.

Milena Jesenská Fellowship – Closed February 1
Spend three months at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna as part of a journalism research fellowship.

One Young World Just Imagine If… 2020 – Closes February 2
For innovative ideas for world changing enterprises. Bespoke research support worth £75,000.

Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship – Closed February 3
A fully funded research fellowship at the University of Oxford for journalists with five years experience or more.

CatchLight FellowshipClosed February 4
A fellowship for visual storytellers and educators worth $30,000.

Georgina Henry Award – Closed February 9
The award funds an innovative idea – £4,000 for either a student or senior journalist. Read our guide here.

The Banff Center Literary Journalism ResidencyClosed February 12
Funded places on the residency to write essays, memoirs, or features, and a travel allowance.

Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists FellowshipClosed February 14
Funded places, with a travel allowance and stipend to a five day workshop to report on climate change.

World Press Institute FellowshipsClosed February 14
Funded fellowships for experienced journalists to understand how US journalism works. Spend August-October in a variety of US cities.

Future News Worldwide 2020Closed February 14
Students aged 18-25 can apply for this two-day conference with all accommodation, travel and food included.

The British Council Future News Worldwide ConferenceClosed February 14
Funding to attend the conference for 18-25-year-olds worldwide, including travel and accommodation.

IWMF Women Deliver Reporting GrantsClosed February 16
Between $3-10,000 for reporting of women in developing countries, showing them as the agents of change they are.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting AwardClosed February 19
Win $12,500 plus research privileges and office space in New York.

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship – Closed February 27
Funding and training for print, broadcast and online women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice. 

BJTC’s Placement Assistance Scheme – Closed February 28
A £200 bursary to help students on BJTC Accredited courses to complete industry placements

March

The Orwell Society Journalism Bursary – Closed March 1
£3,000 bursary for students on, or about to embark on, an MA or BA programme.

BrightonSEO Training ScholarshipsClosed March 1
Funding for underrepresented groups to attend training workshops and their annual conference in April.

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship – Closed March 1
Journalist, politicians, scholars or policymakers can spend a semester working at Harvard to complete a research paper on media/politics. 

Roundhouse Creative Self Made AcceleratorClosed March 6
A 12-week programme for creatives who run their own business and want to scale it.

Ocean Media Initiative Fellowship – Closed March 7
An opportunity to cover the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, June 2 to 6.

Get into Book Publishing Short Course – Closed March 13
Sponsored placements available for a four-day course, learning about the publishing industry.

International Center for Journalism’s European Fellowships – Closed March 15
Multiple scholarship programmes available in Berlin, including funded sabbaticals and placements with the European Journalism Observatory.

National Endowment of Democracy FundClosed March 27
Funding of up to $50,000 for organisations, including independent media outlets, to advance democratic goals. Average grant $50,000.

The Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Closed March 27
An opportunity for a British journalist to spend three months writing for The Washington Post

Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship – Closed March 29
A nine-month investigative reporting grant to shed light on disinformation, authoritarian tech and the war on science.

The Bureau Local Untold Stories Fund – Expected to Re-Open in March
£1,000 grants to tell stories in local communities which would otherwise go unheard

April

First Mile Creative Founders Programme – Postponed until further notice
A year of mentorship and support, along with a £10,000 bursary and hot-desk space, for first-time business owners in the creative industry

Journalism Diversity Fund – Closed April 1
Funding for an NCTJ Accredited Course for those from a socially or ethnically diverse background.

International Fact-Checking Coronavirus Grants – Closed April 1
Grants of up to $50,000 for fact-checkers fighting Coronavirus misinformation.

One World Media Fellowship –  Closed April 2
£1,000 grant for journalists and filmmakers who want to report on issues in the global south.

European Development Journalism Grants – Closed April 3
Up to €120,000 for your media outlet to report on global development topics across 12 months. 

Literature Wales Writer Commissions – Closed April 15
Funding for Wales-based freelancers to write content.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Science Fellowship – Closed April 17
A week-long marine fellowship in Massachusetts designed to teach science journalists about oceanography and ocean engineering.

Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary – Postponed until 2021
Funding to attend the CIJ’s Summer Conference for those who couldn’t afford to attend otherwise.

International AIDS Society Fellowship –  Closed April 20
The International AIDS Society is paying for 25 journalists to fly over and cover the conference in Cape Town

National Geographic Early Career Grant – Closed April 22
Project funding of $5,000 – $10,000 for early-career journalists 

Data Journalism UK – Closed April 23
Bursaries available to support travel and other costs for attendees on low incomes and from under-represented groups.

Print Futures Awards & Scholars – Closed April 26
A grant of up to £1,500 for apprentices, workers or students aged 18-30 to support training in printing or publishing

Google’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund – Closed April 29
Funding for news organisations who are producing original news for local communities during the Covid-19 crisis 

Africa-China Reporting Project –  Closed April 30
Wits Journalism are offering reporting grants of up to $1,500 for investigations focused on public health and related issues 

May

Bakala Foundation’s Journey Program – Closed May 4
Scholarships for university students to attend a journalism Bootcamp in Prague between Aug 1 and 11

Field of Vision Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund – Closed May 6
Grants of up to $2000 for freelancers in the documentary field who lost income due to the Coronavirus pandemic

J4T Young Journalists Investigative Grant – Closed May 8
Up to 10,000 Euros to report on the social and humanitarian implications of Covid-19

Digital Commission Opportunities, They Eat Culture -Closed May 8
Commissions for projects from £200 to £1k, for creative responses to changes to home and community during Covid-19

Getty Images Women Photograph –  Closed May 15
Grants of up to $10,000 for women and non-binary photographers.

Transatlantic Media Fellowships – Closed May 18
A $3,500 scholarship for UK journalists to travel to the US and report on social policy 

MetFilm Story to Action – Closed May 19
A £1000 grant to help you make a film that encourages social change as we come out of the public health crisis.

The Stationers Charity Postgraduate AwardClosed May 22
Up to 12 bursaries of £6,000 for those studying an MA with a view to going into content or communications.

BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme – Closed May 27
Up to £12,000 towards fees for an undergraduate or postgraduate course in film, games or televison

George Viner Memorial Trust – Closed May 31 2019
Funding for black or minority journalists to complete NCTJ training

City University Nick Lewis ScholarshipClosed May 31 2019
This exciting scholarship is for £10,000 from the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust and a fee reduction of £2,000 given by the City’s Journalism department. 

June

EFSJ Climate Grant – Closed June 29
Journalists are invited to submit their proposals for reporting projects about climate change to the European Federation for Science Journalism. One to three projects will be funded with a €12,000 grant.

Civitates Independent Journalism Grant – Closed June 30
The summary is vague – it says grants ‘may vary’ – but they are asking for independent journalism organizations to submit proposals for public interest journalism in Europe. 

Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers – Closed June 30
Three-month long writing fellowships to develop emerging voices in feminist media. Comes with a $2,000 stipend.

BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme – Closed June 2
Aimed at people at all stages of their career in film, games and television, scholars receive between £5,000 and £12,000 towards annual course fees. 

Public Interest News Foundation Emergency Fund – Closed June 2
Grants of up to £3,000 to support independent news publishers in the age of Covid-19

IJ4EU’s Investigation Support scheme – Closed June 15
Grants of €5,000 to €50,000 for investigative projects with a public interest topic of cross-border relevance 

Money Trail grants – Closed June 15
Around 50.000 Euros to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

GRAIN Writing Bursaries – Closed June 15
An opportunity for photographers, artists and writers to win £250 to produce something in response to social distancing. 

Preserving Democracy & Voting Rights Fellowship – Closed June 22
The Groundtruth Project are looking for story proposals that examine how threats to voter rights are unfolding at the local level, and how people are responding to it. They welcome applications from  Black, Hispanic and Native communities. 

The Dan Walker Journalism ScholarshipClosed June 24
Receive £10,000 in funding for an MA Broadcast Journalism at Sheffield University plus mentoring from Dan

Journalism Diversity Fund  – Closed June 24
Bursaries for people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training

The Quadrature Scholarship for Investigative Journalism – Closed June 27 2018
£10,000 funding for an MA at City University, plus £2,500 living expenses and a three-month paid placements at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation Scholarship – Closed June 1 2019
Fully paid scholarship to study an MA in Financial Journalism at City University

Filmmakers Without Borders – Closed June 1 2019
Support for both novice and independent filmmakers around the globe.

Grow FellowshipClosed June 16 2019
Funding to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference for those working at non-profits.

July

Aziz Foundation ScholarshipClosed July 1
Master Scholarships for British Muslims interested in improving diversity in media. 

Hope Streets Festival Short Film CommissionClosed July 9
Winsford Young Producers have a budget of £1,500-£2,500 to commission a documentary about their community.

McGraw Business Journalism ScholarshipsClosed July 10
Up to $15,000 to help fund a business story or investigation.

Substack Fellowship for Independent WritersClosed July 14
Grants between $25,000 and $100,000 to help writers go independent and succeed with the subscription publishing model. 

German-UK Journalists’ BursaryClosed July 15
Aimed at journalists aged 25 to 38, to undertake expenses-paid work experience in Germany. 

European Commission Proposal Call –  Closed July 22
The EC has a total budget of €2.5 million to fund media orgs and non-profits with proposals for their new project “A European public sphere: a new online media offer for young Europeans.”

The Whickers Radio & Audio Funding Award – Closed July 31
Up to €6,000 (US$7,419) and mentorship to produce a feature-length program with The Whickers. 

M100 Young European Journalists WorkshopClosed July 31
Young journalists between 21 and 30 years from Europe can apply for access to a workshop on the future of journalism.

Swansea University Creativity Fellowships – Closed July 30 2019
£10,000 across 12-months for writers and other professional artists to work on a new project.

LEDE Solutions Journalism FellowshipClosed July 21 2019
A grant of up to $2,500 dollars for journalists or organisations to run projects around solutions journalism.

August

Underpinned Up & Go GrantClosed August 31st
A cash grant of up to £500 for one freelancer with the best portfolio, and two £250 ones for runners up. 

The Local Trust, Journalist at Large Fellowship – Expected to Re-Open in August
A year-long fellowship collecting and creating compelling local stories, with a £36,000 stipend.

Google Podcasts creator programClosed August 2
A virtual accelerator program for new podcast creators from underrepresented backgrounds. Also comes with up to $12,000

Spotify Sound Up ProgramClosed August 4
There are ten places available on this virtual accelerator for Black and Non-Binary people with a podcast idea.

Global Short Docs Forum 2020Closed August 12
One month of masterclasses, workshops and mentoring to take your short doc from conception to commission.

DMU Channel 4 Investigative Journalism ScholarshipsClosed August 28
Four fee waivers for the MA in investigative journalism, plus living and work experience assistance available for 3 people.

Breakdown Bolton CIC Film Commission –  Closed August 28
Three grants of £300 for films by people living in Greater Manchester who have experiences of mental illness or substance abuse.