European Local Cross-Border Investigative Journalism

This grant programme supports local cross-border investigative teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets to bring the locals to the European level as well as to local citizens all over Europe.

Compelling stories can be found everywhere, even at the local level. Unlike other parts of the world, local journalists in some European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands do not engage in in-depth research or investigative journalism. There are many reasons why the lack of interest among these local journalists to pursue comprehensive projects exist, for example, a lack of funding. This grant programme aims to address the shortage of local journalists and award grants to local investigative and in-depth journalistic projects. The key aspect of this programme is the cross-border collaboration, which will allow interested local journalists and/or media outlets to explore possible solutions using expansive resources. This project also aims to spur more critical thinking about society’s pressing problems, increase the level of debate, and foster civic engagement. The grant can also offer support to preliminary work in the development of new investigative and in-depth projects.

Along with promoting investigative journalism among local cities and/or regions, this project also plans to develop a training programme in various aspects of investigative journalism, local audience engagement, and security as most local journalists lack or have few resources available at their disposal. They may also lack experience with cross-border investigative journalism. The training programmes will include experienced partners with a reputable background and extensive experience in their fields.

The grant can cover working time and expenses such as logistics, travel, insurance, access to legal support, translations, access to technology and data sets, etc.

Along with financial support, teams can also apply for mentorship from an experienced professional with either focus on the investigation or the need for competencies in a specific skill.

More info and applications

To apply or to learn more about the eligibility and assessment criteria, timing, jury and grant conditions, visit our application portal.

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For Who
Journalists and Local News Outlets

Local Cross-Border teams of at least two professional journalists and/or (local) news outlets can submit a proposal for a journalistic investigation about any issues that concern and relate to Europe. Only applicants who are legally residing in eligible countries are permitted to receive funding. See our FAQ for more information.

How Much
€600.000

The total available amount per call to be distributed among all supported investigations will be around €100.000.

The programme is supported by the European Commission and Adessium Foundation.

Next deadline
08 September 2022

For this grant programme there are 6 application rounds scheduled over a period of two years (2022-2023).

The second call application deadline is on Thursday 08 September 2022, 12 pm CEST (noon Brussels time). The next application deadlines are

  • 3rd Deadline = 10 November 2022
  • 4th Deadline = 12 January 2023
  • 5th Deadline = 16 March 2023
  • 6th Deadline = 25 May 2023