SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it.
The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on U.S. public lands.
Calling all donors:
U.S. public lands: The operational definition is "areas of land that are open to the public and managed by the government (federal, state, local and tribal)." Read more.
November 18, 2019 (11:59 p.m. local time) is the extended deadline. Grants up to $5,000 are offered for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation, and more. Story proposals that reflect diverse perspectives (including, but not limited to, gender, racial, ethnic and economic diversity) are encouraged.
This competition is generously underwritten by The Wilderness Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Grants up to $5,000 are offered once or twice yearly for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation and more.
- FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
- Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.
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Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form
ELIGIBILITY and APPLICATION FEES
SEJ Members and Members of Diversity Journalism Associations: 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.
Entry fees will also be waived for members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Association of LGBTQ Journalists). If you are a member of such an association (and NOT a member of SEJ), please email email@example.com for the coupon that will waive the FEJ application fee; please provide proof of your membership in the applicable journalism association.
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, The Wilderness Society, 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.
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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