The Fossil Fuel Grants Programme

News media and newsrooms still predominantly operate nationally. However, the climate crisis and power structures that hinder the transition away from fossil fuels markedly transcend national boundaries.

The Fossil Fuel Grant Programme is therefore aimed at cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or newsrooms to investigate and document unreported activities by European fossil fuel companies and their proxies within and beyond the continent.

Next to investigations of fossil fuel industry activities that transcend borders, this programme can also support investigations that compare local industry activities or policies between two or more regions.
The resulting stories must be published in at least two outlets in two different countries, at least one must be a European media.
The grants can also offer support to preliminary work in the development of new investigative projects.
It can cover working time and expenses such as logistics, travel, insurance, access to legal support, translations, access to technology and data sets, etc.
Next to financial support, teams can also apply for an experienced mentor to provide assistance with the focus of the investigation or a specific skill or competency.
This grant is supported by the Meliore Foundation and housed under a larger programme: The Earth Investigations Programme supported by Arcadia.

More info and applications

To learn more about the eligibility and assessment criteria, timing, jury and grant conditions, as well as to apply, visit our application portal. Find stories supported by the Earth Investigations grant programme here. We look forward to your application!

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For Who
Journalists and News Outlets

Cross-border teams of at least two professional journalists and/or news outlets can submit a proposal for a journalistic investigation about an issue that concerns the environment and relates to the geographic Europe.

How Much
€50,000

The total available amount to be distributed among all supported investigations will be €50,000.

The programme is supported by Meliore.

Next deadline
25 April 2024

For this grant programme we assume that there will be only one call. If the budget is not fully used, the remaining budget will be go to the next deadline.

  • The next application deadline will be Thursday 25 April 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time).
  • The last two deadlines will be on Thursday 25 July 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time)
  • and on Thursday 24 October 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time).