Cross-Border Local Investigative Journalism

Democracy and qualitative (local) media are under pressure these days. On the one hand more and more global problems are pushed towards local governments and cities (e.g. migration, climate, employment, education, housing, mobility,...) and its citizens (e.g. socialisation in healthcare, emphasised individual environmental responsibilities, etc.). On the other hand reliable local information - necessary for making qualitative and informed decisions - is not available because in many cities in Europe (including Belgium and The Netherlands) there is a decrease of investigative journalism on the local level. As a result, democratic participation is undermined.

The aim of this project

With this project, aims at addressing the shortage of local independent journalism by awarding grants to local investigative journalistic projects in Belgium and the Netherlands and by stimulating the cross-border collaboration. In this way, cities in Belgium and the Netherlands could mutually strengthen each other (e.g. by forming each other’s benchmark) and as such increase the impact of the supported publications.

This project aims at strengthening local cross-border, independent and investigative journalism in order to increase the availability of qualitative local news, and at making citizens more aware of local - and often interrelated and global - issues and possible solutions. As such it aims to contribute to citizens’ critical thinking, well-informed debates/decisions and to foster civic engagement.


This Local Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Project is an initiative of supported by the Flemish Government.

More information

All practical information (eligibility criteria, procedure, budget template, ...) can be find on our application website. Find stories supported by this grant programme here.
Read's general grant rules here.

For Who
Dutch and Belgian journalists

Teams of investigative journalists (starters and seniors) from at least The Netherlands AND Belgium who have good ideas for a local cross-border investigation in that region. When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted, too.

How Much

This project is supported by the Flemish Government (2022-2025). EUR 50,000 per year is provided over a period of 4 years.

Next deadline
1 December 2022 - 12 pm CET

The next application deadline is 1 December 2022 at 12 pm CET (noon Brussels time).