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

In Money Trail, offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse money laundering and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, 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?

  • Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. 
  • 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 or Asia must collaborate with local journalists.

The last application round (deadline 14 December 2020) targets investigations with a duration of preferably no longer than 6 months.

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. 

More information

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

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Read's general grant rules here.

For more information about The Money Trail project as a whole, visit the website

Talk to us! 

Wondering if your idea is eligible for a Money Trail grant? Looking for teammates to collaborate with? Not sure how much money you can ask for? Ask us all the questions you have concerning your application. Email us at moneytrail [at]

For Who
Africa, Asia and Europe

Teams of African, Asian and/or  European journalists are eligible to apply.

How Much

There are 11 application rounds in total for this project. The total available amount for the next call is around €50,000: this amount is distributed among different projects.

The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.

Next deadline
There are no more applications calls scheduled.

2020 deadlines (all times are Brussels time):

  • 16 March 2020
  • 15 June 2020, 4.00 p.m.
  • 14 September 2020, 4.00 p.m.
  • 14 December 2020, 10.00 a.m.