Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grant opportunity for African journalists

Announcment courtesy of NGOpulse.org:

FAIR Small Grant Guidelines for African Investigative Journalists

Opportunity type: Grants

Opportunity closing date: Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) is offering investigative journalists the opportunity to apply for a grant that intends to help further their research on a particular investigative story of their choice. Two grants of up to €3 000 each and eight smaller grants with a value of €500 each, are funded by Freevoice, and are intended to be used by a journalist for an investigative story that would not otherwise be published.

Application Information

Applications are open to all investigative journalists based, working, and operating in Africa. Applications must be accompanied by a 1 page summary in English, French, or Portuguese. The summary is of extreme importance since the initial shortlist of 20 applications will be compiled on their basis and only the applications that make the shortlist will be considered in full.

The application must contain the following:

  • Subject;
  • Envisaged methodology (source-building, data to access, testing of obtained info in order to reach conclusion);
  • Reason why this subject was chosen;
  • Media house that has undertaken to publish (the acceptance letter from the editor is to be attached);
  • A paragraph about earlier publications by the journalist; and
  • Budget (expenses only).

If an investigation topic is of such a sensitive nature that the applicant does not want the topic to be known to others, he/she should state this in the application. In this event, the applicant and the advisory council will come to an agreement on a suitably neutral/general description of the nature of the investigation, which description will be used when the award is announced.

The applications must be sent by email or fax - preferably along with a hard copy, to the contact details below.

Submission deadline: 31 July 2010

For more information or to submit entries, click here.


  1. Hi Ladies and Gentlemen at FAIR, that indeed is a great initiative for countries still early transition to democracy and rule of law such mine Rwanda. The independent media here has been supressed to the extent that serious investigative work on corruption, human rights abuses or democratic obstacles can exposed to a credible East African media outlets. Hopefully my application will be considered.

  2. Hi, wish you all the best!

    By the way, you are welcome to submit articles and other things that you think may be useful for East African youths. We would love to have some materials from Rwanda.

    So keep on visiting Vijana FM.

  3. Thank you FAIR for this wonderful grant. But would you clarify on exact amount of the grant in question. Original communication stated US$ 3,000 and 500 respectivelly but subsequent figure is US$ 3,713 and 618. Which figure stands?

  4. Hello,

    I think writing to them directly wouldn't do you any harm (facilitator@fairreporters.org); I am sure they will be more than happy to answer your questions.

    PS: We, Vijana FM, are just 'facilitators', but we are more than happy to guide you through the whole procedure. So, do let us know how it goes. Again, wish you all the best!