Journalismfund.eu (formerly known as the Pascal Decroos Fund) was founded in 1998 initially to further quality and investigative journalism in Flanders and abroad. A summary of the developments the organisation went through since it was founded in 1998.
16 February 2021
For the reopening of its awarded European Cross-Border Grants programme Journalismfund.eu will continue its collaboration with the Adessium Foundation and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Both have structurally supported the programme since 2009. The programme is now even stronger thanks to our three new partners: Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) (Greece), King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), and Fritt Ord - that had already seed-funded this programme in 2009 (Norway).
04 February 2021
Journalismfund.eu launches ‘Modern Slavery Unveiled’, a project to provide critical resources and know-how to journalists to investigate exploitation of Asian victims of human trafficking and forced labour in Europe.
14 January 2021
Together with the science journalism pilot project, we are launching a completely new application website.
19 December 2020
The Flemish minister of innovation Hilde Crevits has awarded a project subsidy to Journalismfund.eu for setting up a pilot project to support science journalism in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
15 December 2020
Journalismfund.eu has temporarily moved to rue Gallaitstraat 76, 1030 Brussels due to renovations.
04 September 2020
Journalismfund.eu is starting a pilot project, Journalismfund.eu LOCAL, in which Belgian and Dutch journalists can jointly apply for a grant for local investigative journalism. Journalismfund.eu has the ambition to further roll out this project on a European scale, and is looking for donors to do so.
02 June 2020
The Flemish Government took a final decision on the amount of emergency funds to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes support to Journalismfund.eu, via the Fonds Pascal Decroos project, for local projects of freelance (Dutch speaking) journalists who can rely on few other support measures.
24 December 2019
The Flemish minister of Media, Benjamin Dalle, decided to stop funding The Flemish Journalism Fund.
18 September 2018
The board of Journalisfund.eu decided to make The European Investigative Journalism Conference (EIJC) & Dataharvest a stand-alone venture in its own right, fully independent from Journalismfund.eu.
10 September 2018
The Flemish Journalism Fund was created in the Summer of 2018 to support diversity and innovation in journalism in Flanders. The Fund is a project of Journalismfund.eu, in partnership with the Flemish Association of Journalists and the Flemish government. Unfortunately, the next Flemish government decided to prematurely cut the Fund in the beginning of 2020.
24 August 2018
The Flemish minister of Media, Sven Gatz, decided to increase the budget in 2018 from €300.000 to €400.000 per year in order to give more grants under the Fonds Pascal Decroos grant program.
19 July 2018
Open Society Foundations supports Journalismfund.eu with a grant of $500.000 for a period of 3 years. The grant period shall be from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The grant is ment to support the European cross-border grant program.
11 June 2018
Oxfam Novib shall make a contribution of €853.060 for the period of 01.04.2018 through 31.03.2021. This support is intended to develop the The Money Trail.
15 November 2017
Adessium Foundation decides to support Journalismfund.eu’s European cross-border grant program as a premium donor for a period of three years, from 2017 until 2020. Adessium will make available to Journalismfund.eu a donation to a total amount of €750.000.
Adessium has donated an additional grant of €275.000 to Journalismfund.eu, in order for Journalismfund.eu to have time and the means to continue its operations and to draft a multi-annual strategic plan.
17 November 2015
The International Department of the Flemish government provides Journalismfund.eu with €167,540 to give out grants for intercontinental collaborative journalism projects between Flemish and Sub-Sahara African journalists. The new grant programme is called Flanders Connects Continents.
2 July 2015
Launch of the Freedom of Expression Research Grant (FOX-grants), a grant programme by Journalismfund.eu and the European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), with the support of the European Commission. (Budget of 30K).
9 January 2015
Open Society Foundations supports Journalismfund.eu with a grant of €190,000 for a period of two years, from the beginning of 2015 until the end of 2016.
9 May 2014
Dutch NGO Oxfam Novib provides Journalismfund.eu with €150,000 to set up a new grant programme for intercontinental collaborative investigative journalism projects between Sub-Saharan African and European journalists: Connecting Continents.
8 October 2013
The driving forces behind Journalismfund.eu, Danish-German journalist Brigitte Alfter and Belgian Ides Debruyne, have been awarded the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2013 for their efforts to help secure the future of investigative journalism.
30 September 2013
Adessium Foundation decides to donate a grant of €554.300 to Journalismfund.eu, in order to foster the core activities of Journalismfund.eu: research grants and maintaining a network platform for a period of three years, from October 2013 until September 2016.
22 January 2013
The General Assembly of Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw decides to change the organisation's official name to Journalismfund.eu vzw. The former alternative name of the European cross-border grant project, European Fund for Investigative Journalism, is officially left behind.
9 October 2012
In 2012, The Pascal Decroos Fund asked Margo Smit to lead a team of over 80 European journalists to compile the report 'Deterrence of fraud with EU-funds through investigative journalism in EU-27'. The report was written on request of the European Parliament's Budgettary Control Committee, with Smit as principal author. Highlights can be found here. The Pascal Decroos Fund (represented by Margo Smit and Ides Debruyne) presented the study to a European Parliamentary Committee on 9 October 2012.
12 December 2011
Open Society Foundations provides the Pascal Decroos Fund with €324,000 for its European cross-border grants project and other related projects Wobbing Europe, dataharvest.eu and Farmsubsidy.org.
12 December 2011
Farmsubsidy.org under the wings of The Pascal Decroos Fund.
22 March 2011
The website wobbing.eu gets a makeover.
Adessium has donated a grant of €18.940 to the Pascal Decroos Fund, regarding the possible establishment of a structure to promote quality (investigative) journalism in Europe.
20 December 2010
The €1.5 million in subsidies for the promotion of investigative journalism that the European Parliament approved (through lobbying by the Pascal Decroos Fund) are postponed by the European Commission.
24 January 2010
The first article supported by our European cross-border grants project (the so-called European Fund for Investigative Journalism) is published - 'Fields of Terror, Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe'
3 December 2009
On the basis of an umbrella mapping site, the Pascal Decroos Fund wants to map media research in Flanders and underline the importance of scientific research for the media sector: www.mediaonderzoek.be (project stopped in 2012)
16 September 2009
The French Community of Belgium starts a fund for investigative journalism in imitation of the Pascal Decroos Fund: Fonds pour le journalisme.
19 March 2009
Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters announces on a States-General of the Media that the budget of the Pascal Decroos Fund's will be doubled (for only one year).
20 February 2009
The Pascal Decroos Fund officially launches its European project for quality cross-border journalism. The Norwegian Fritt Ord seed-funded the project with €50,000 grant.
25 November 2008
The Pascal Decroos Fund organises the first European Wob-conference (The European Investigative Journalism Conference / Dataharvest.eu) in Brussels.
03 May 2008
In Flanders, the Pascal Decroos Fund starts a journalistic discussion forum on the international day of press freedom: Mediakritiek.be. Mediakritiek.be is a site for journalists and media people. The Pascal Decroos Fund therefore invites them to weigh their own work and that of colleagues, and to respond to the analyzes of others.
4 October 2007
The Pascal Decroos Fund launches Wobbing Europe.
22 June 2004
University College KHM (Thomas More), together with the Pascal Decroos Fund, for the first time, organises a postgraduate course in International Research Journalism.
The Flemish dissertation award is launched under the umbrella of the fund. In 2005 Scriptie vzw becomes a non-profit organisation that promotes science communication in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.
1 August 2001
Ides Debruyne is appointed as the new managing director of the Pascal Decroos Fund.
11 October 1999
The launch of the Pascal Decroos Fund is announced during a press conference. Koen Van Wichelen is the Fund's first director. The Fund is supported by the Flemish government and is attributed to an annual subsidy of €186,000.
13 July 1999
The Minister-President of the Flemish government, Flemish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Science and Technology Luc Van den Brande signs a Ministerial Order granting the Pascal Decroos Fund 7,500,000 Belgian Francs in subsidies.
21 May 1998
The statutes of Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw are published in the Belgian Official Journal of 21.05.1998 with identification code 9338/38.
9 January 1998
Friends, colleagues and family of Pascal Decroos gather for the first time. In memory of Pascal they set up a fund: 'Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw'. inspired by the Dutch Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistieke projecten and the American Fund for Investigate Journalism.
2 December 1997
Flemish TV journalist Pascal Decroos dies in a car accident.