We received 40 projects submitted by 113 journalists. The total amount applied for this 3rd round in 2020 was €698,223. In general, for the ECBG programme 267 journalists submitted 91 applications in 2020 asking for €1,304,856 in total. This is a record since we started this grant programme in 2009.
Such a record number of applications shows the growing success of collaborative cross-border independent investigative journalism, and the growing need for funding. If we make a comparison with last year, in 2019 Journalismfund.eu received 76 applications submitted by 236 applicants in four (compared to three this year) application rounds. The total sum applied for in 2019 amounted to €1,113,316.
Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organisation established by citizens, administers grants to journalists since 1998. Its awarded European Cross-Border Grants Programme exists since 2009. Journalists can apply for such a grant, if they have good ideas for cross-border research and for research in European affairs. The Programme will continue in 2021.