Money Trail

Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organisations – Journalismfund.euFinance UncoveredFree Press Unlimited – and Oxfam Novib.

In Money Trail, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

The primary goal of this grant is to expose illicit finance, tax abuse, corruption and money laundering. 

Who can apply?

  • Preferably, intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one African, one Asian and/or one European journalist. Each team preferably consist of journalists from two continents. Ideally, the teams must provide letters of intent for publication from media organisations in two continents.  
  • We also accept regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. Each team must consist of journalists from at least two countries.
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story - where the money trail leads to a tax haven - can be accepted. 
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist. 
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa and Asia can submit a proposal with local journalists.

In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, they will be asked to upload commitment of publication from relevant media organisations.
 

Why Money Trail?

Money Trail exists because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation. Such work clearly can have a tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by journalists and some notable civil society organisations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.

There are so many stories all over the world yet to be told. This is your chance to help tell them. 

For more information about The Money Trail project as a whole, visit the website www.money-trail.org

Do you want to apply for a Money Trail Grant? Visit this page

For Who
Africa, Asia and Europe

African, Asian and  European journalists are eligible to apply. 

How Much
€ 350.000

There are 10 application rounds in total for this project. 3 rounds have already passed, over the next two years, there will be 7 rounds. The total amount per call is around 50.000 euro: this amount is distributed among different projects. The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.

Next deadline
25 March 2019

2019 deadlines (all times are Brussels time):

- 25 March 2019, 11.59 PM 
- 25 June 2019, 11.59 PM 
- 24 September 2019, 11.59 PM 
- 16 December 2019, 11.59 PM