2020-04-07

BRUSSELS – European Cross-Border Grants program for teams of professional European journalists has got a deadline coming up on the 15th of April. In the run-up to this deadline, we offer advice to journalists with questions about their idea or application.

Our Project Coordinator Svitlana Slabinska will be offering pre-application advice via Skype this Friday, 10 April, from 10 am to 12 pm. This is a perfect opportunity for interested journalists to pitch their story idea and discuss whether it is eligible for a grant. 

To arrange a half-hour time slot for a session, send us an e-mail at svitlana.slabinska [at] journalismfund.eu with a preferred time. Please note that all times are Brussels time. 

Grant deadlines
The deadline for the European Cross-Border Grants is 15 April. This is the second deadline of 2020. In total, there are three application rounds in 2020. The deadline for the last third round is 15 July. 

Come prepared
We receive dozens of well-prepared, interesting applications each application round, so your application will only stand a chance to be allocated a working grant if it is very well prepared (and meets the eligibility criteria).

Minimum requirements

  • Your application should fulfil these basic requirements if you want to be considered for a grant. European Cross-Border Grants supports professional journalists living in a Council of Europe country, who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant to European target groups;
  • When relevant to the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted too;
  • Only natural persons are eligible;
  • In order to be eligible for application, the teams have to ensure that their story will be published in at least two European countries. Therefore, during the application procedure, they will be asked to upload letters of intent for publication from media organizations in at least two different European countries. 

Find info about the grants here.

Photo image: @ Caroline Muscat - project "Exporting fraud: How a scam on public hospitals in Malta reached the poorest, most corrupt European countries"