Tell the World’s Stories:
Apply for SEJ’s Story Grants on Global Biodiversity
The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on biodiversity.
May 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. local time) is the deadline for proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) for grants up to $5,000 for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation and more.
Calling all donors:
Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded in July 2019 to underwrite coverage of biodiversity issues and challenges facing communities around the world. As policymakers prepare for the 2020 Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the need to increase public understanding of biodiversity, protected areas, community-based conservation and international policies is pressing.
SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it.
- FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
- Winning projects will be selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.
This competition is generously underwritten by the Wyss Campaign for Nature Communications, a project of the Resources Legacy Fund, and by individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage. Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions. Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.
TIP! To help applicants prepare the best FEJ proposal, SEJ hosted an interactive webinar with leading experts on biodiversity and journalists who cover it. They provided an introduction to the top issues, shared new data sources, and offered advice and story tips. A Q&A with webinar participants was moderated by SEJ board member Gloria Dickie (pictured).
Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form
ELIGIBILITY and APPLICATION FEES
SEJ Members: Fee waived
Non-Members: Fee is $40.
You don’t have to be a member of SEJ to apply, but you do need to be a professional journalist who would qualify for SEJ membership. See policy.
To enter as a member, complete the SEJ membership application BEFORE you apply for the grant. Only logged-in members can access the $0 application fee.
Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors appointed by the Society of Environmental Journalists Board of Directors. SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.
- Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage.
- Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions.
- Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.
NOTE: We cannot work with early proposal/early decision applications. Notices of awards and declined applications will go out within 2 months of the proposal deadline. Grant agreements must be co-signed and IRS W-9 forms returned to SEJ before grants can be paid and public announcements made.
Fund for Environmental Journalism story project grants 2011 – 2019 have been funded by the Burning River Foundation, Compton Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Energy Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Grantham Foundation for the Environment, Cornelius King Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Spring Point Partners, Wyss Foundation and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Read how the FEJ got started here.
The Society of Environmental Journalists is grateful to all generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Recent foundation grants have made it possible for SEJ to underwrite projects proposed by news organizations, including The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, The Guardian and High Country News.
Providers of Foundation Grants:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Energy Foundation, Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and The Wyss Foundation
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