Freelance journalists are in a tight spot: subject to financial pressure, intimidation, and threats, they lack the protections offered by major media outlets. Yet they remain dedicated to investigation, balance, and “the story” – and FIJ backs them up. By covering reporting costs that freelancers often cannot afford, it advances crucial investigative projects around the globe. The four dozen grants awarded annually cover camera and recording equipment rentals, the cost of ordering public records, and travel expenses for meeting sources. FIJ-sponsored writers have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards, and the MacArthur “Genius” award. But the real beneficiaries are readers and citizens: reporters have exposed toxic agricultural products sold in Kenya, companies that sold overpriced seed to impoverished farmers, and human trafficking in the US. With your support, they will continue to write stories. And to break silences.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: Internationally; Our grantees report on countries throughout the world. We don't limit grants to any particular geographic region.

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: All

  • The impact of our work is measured by changes that result from the stories, by the attention stories receive, and by journalism prizes.:  
    As a result of the stories produced, government officials took action, cracking down on river pollution caused by illegal fishing in Ghana, helping tenants find lawyers in New York City, and investigating whether families get accurate information about nu

Awards & Recognition

2 Pulitzer Prizes
MacArthur Genius Award
Sigma Delta Chi Awards
IRE Awards
Edward R. Murrow Award


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Fund for Investigative Journalism is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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