2024-02-26

LONDON/BRUSSELS - Today, Journalismfund Europe launches the Fossil Fuel Grants Programme. The new programme will support cross-border investigative journalism that scrutinises the activities of Europe’s fossil fuel industry and its proxies across the globe.

Journalismfund Europe calls for applications that explore a key issue at the heart of the climate crisis: unreported activities of fossil fuel companies and their proxies.

For decades, fossil fuel companies have enrolled a vast array of actors - from industry associations and PR agencies to think tanks, law firms and expert spokespeople. Together, they have worked to deny the reality of climate change or continue to delay and distort meaningful action.

As global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and a global energy crisis continues to bolster the fossil fuel industry’s profit and reach, cross-border investigative journalism plays a vital role in scrutinising the industry’s playbook and proxies. This role as watchdog for democracy and the ecological transition is especially important as Europe is seeing a backlash against climate policies merged with rising right-wing populism and a drive to secure new oil and gas resources across the globe.

Budget

The Fossil Fuel Grants Programme is worth €50.000 and supported by the Meliore Foundation.

Deadline

The public open call closes on Thursday, 25th April 2024, 13:00 CET.

We're always happy to discuss your project ideas or to answer any questions you might have about your application. Therefore, please don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email us at earth [at] journalismfund.eu (earth[at]journalismfund[dot]eu). Or we can meet via a video call, so feel free to make an appointment. Check out our pre-application session schedules and make a reservation now.
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More info here: grants.journalismfund.eu

We hope that the Fossil Fuel Grants Programme will help scrutinise the industry’s playbook, ensuring that decision-makers prioritise public interest and action to tackle the climate crisis.

Ides Debruyne, managing-director of Journalismfund Europe: “We need to make sure that decision-makers will establish climate policies prioritising public interest over corporate profits. This will only happen if citizens are made aware of what is truly going on, and how energy giants’ promises match their actions - or do not.

Tom Brookes, CEO of Meliore Foundation: “Investigative journalism is vital to holding those responsible for the climate crisis to account. We hope that the Fossil Fuel Grants Programme will help scrutinise the industry’s playbook, ensuring that decision-makers prioritise public interest and action to tackle the climate crisis.”

 

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