Who are you guys?
Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non‐profit organisation established with the purpose of promoting independent investigative journalism in Europe. We were founded in 1998 in Flanders, Belgium, and are currently run by five people: Ides Debruyne (managing director), Linda Berckmans (finance manager), Michiel Scharpé (project coordinator), Kristof Polfliet (project coordinator), Svitlana Slabinska (project coordinator).
What does Journalismfund.eu do?
1. Journalismfund.eu awards grants to professional journalists and journalistic organisations.
- European Cross-border Grants for journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European affairs.
- Money Trail Grants for African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.
- Pascal Decroos Fund Grants for notable journalistic projects that are published in Flemish media outlets.
2. Journalismfund.eu decided to be more proactive in propelling, stimulating and facilitating diversity in the media landscape. The best way to do that was by setting up an incubator through which we can offer support to innovative journalistic initiatives.
3. Journalismfund.eu organises and facilitates training programmes, like mentoring of grant recipients and a postgraduate International Research Journalism programme.
4. Journalismfund.eu facilitates networking and knowledge sharing, e.g. through its public international journalists’ database.
5. Until 2018 Journalismfund.eu organised the annual EIJC & Dataharvest Conference. In 2018 Journalismfund.eu decided to make the conference a stand-alone venture in its own right, so
Journalismfund.eu could focus more on its core activities, in particular acting as an intermediary body to fund independent, high value, cross-border journalism.
Is Journalismfund.eu a governmental institution?
Where does the money of Journalismfund.eu come from?
From different sources. Currently from the Flemish Government and several international foundations.
Journalismfund.eu’s fundraising is conducted according to the following key principles: full transparency, independence and no editorial interference.
Journalismfund.eu’s financial records are reviewed annually by an independent auditor.
You can find all funding information and financial documents here.
What is a grant?
A grant can be defined as an award of financial assistance in the form of money by a grantor (government or other organisation) to an eligible grantee for a specific purpose or project.
A grant agreement is a legal instrument of financial assistance between a grantor and a grantee (individual, organisation) that is used to enter in a relationship the principal purpose, which is to transfer money to the grantee to carry out a specific purpose or project, and not to acquire services for the grantor’s direct benefit or use. In other words, the intention of the grantor is uninterested. Grants are however conditional upon certain qualifications as to the use and the maintenance of specified standards, and the grantee is accountable for the use of the funds provided. Consequently, some level of compliance and reporting by the grantee is required.
How can Journalismfund.eu safeguard its independence?
All formal agreements between Journalismfund.eu and its donors stipulate independence and no editorial interference. (Representatives from) donors can never be part of the juries that award the grants. Journalismfund.eu does not take money from donors that don’t agree with these terms.
We adopted an Ethical Funding Policy to ensure that Journalismfund.eu vzw properly manages its priorities and projects with appropriate independence from its funders. This Policy also aims at providing transparency regarding the identity of Journalismfund.eu’s sources of funding to avoid any suspicion of inappropriate influence or conflicts of interest concerning Journalismfund.eu’s activities. Find our Ethical Funding Policy here.
Who decides about the grants?
All Journalismfund.eu’s grant programmes work with independent juries that decide autonomously about the allocation of the grant budgets, based on the official grant rules and the submitted applications.
The juries consist of four experienced personalities knowledgeable in the field of journalism and media. Membership is rotating and anonymous. Once they step out of the jury the names of the jury members are made public.
You can find an overview of previous jury members here.