This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme (running since 2009) will support professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

These are projects that have great news value and depth, and at the same time are original, innovative and time-consuming, and would not be realised without financial support. Projects can include cross-border research, networking between colleagues, and established and innovative investigative methods. supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

Financial support

For the European Cross-Border grants, receives support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), Addesium foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Fritt Ord and the King Baudouin foundation. OSF and Addessium foundation have structurally supported the programme since 2009.

Journalists living in Council of Europe member states are eligible to apply. Which means that this grant is inclusive for all Europeans and not just those who live in the European Union. 

An independent jury of four decides who gets a grant. Here's how the jury works.

Find stories subsidised by this grant programme here.

For Who
European journalists

Teams of journalists from at least two countries in geographical Europe are eligible to apply.

When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted too.

How Much

In 2021 there is €200,000 to distribute over four application rounds.

The programme is supported by five foundations:

  • Adessium Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Fritt Ord
  • King Baudouin Foundation
Next deadline
4 November 2021

There are 4 application rounds scheduled in 2021. The first three have passed.

  • The fourth deadline is Thursday 4 November 2021 at 12 pm CET (noon Brussels time).