Earth Investigative Programme


This grant programme supports cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets to conduct investigations into environmental affairs related to continental Europe. This is part of a larger programme: The Earth Investigations Programme supported by Arcadia.

While news media and newsrooms still predominantly operate nationally, most power structures and societal and environmental problems transcend national boundaries. This grant programme is therefore aimed at cross-border teams of investigative journalists and newsrooms to investigate and document illegal, unreported and unregulated abuse of nature that involves European affairs in and outside Europe.

Next to investigations of environmental issues that transcend borders, this programme can also support and stimulate comparative investigations into local environmental issues and policies between two or more regions or cities.
The grants can also offer support to preliminary work in the development of new investigative projects.

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.

Next to financial support, teams can also apply for an experienced mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competences 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. Find stories supported by this grant programme here.

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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 continental Europe.

How Much

The total available amount per call to be distributed among all supported investigations will be around €400,000. The total budget for 2024 is €1,600,000.

The programme is supported by Arcadia.

Next deadline
18 January 2024

For this grant programme there are 20 application rounds scheduled over a period of six years (starting in January 2022)

  • The next application deadline will be Thursday 18 January 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time).
  • The following application deadline will be Thursday 25 April 2024 at 1 pm CEST (Brussels time).
  • The last two deadlines will be on Thursday 25 July 2024 and on Thursday 24 October 2024 at 1 pm CET (Brussels time).