History

Journalismfund.eu, formerly known as the Pascal Decroos Fund was founded in 1998 initially to further quality and investigative journalism in Flanders and abroad. On 22 January 2013, the Pascal Decroos Fund officially took over the name of its European activity and became Journalismfund.eu. A summary of the developments the organisation went through since it was founded in 1998.

19 November 2018
Journalismfund.eu moved to a new office in the center of Brussels.

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 Journalism and the Flemish government.

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 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.

August 2016
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.

30 September 2013
Adessium Foundation decides to has donated 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.

12 December 2012
The Pascal Decroos Fund takes data journalism project Farmsubsidy.org under its wings.

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. (Under the European activities)

22 March 2011
www.wobbing.eu gets a makeover.

February 2011
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'

1 October 2009
Open Society Institute approves €114,000 in seed funding for the further development of the European cross-border grants project.

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.

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.

January 2002
The Flemish dissertation award is launched under the umbrella of the fund. In 2007 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.