A new year often makes for the perfect moment to glance back at past work. As we finalise our year report we’d like to highlight one of our many successes of 2019. For Journalismfund.eu, 2019 proved a year of consolidation and continued growth with a record amount of grant money allocated to journalists who applied for our European Cross-border Grants, one of our three current grant programmes.

2019 was a particularly fruitful year for Journalismfund.eu’s European Cross-border Grants and its grantees. There were four application rounds organised in January, April, July and October 2019.

Record number of applicants

236 journalists submitted 76 applications asking for € 1.113.316 in total, the highest amount we have been asked for since the launch of the grant programme in 2009. Gender distribution was more balanced than ever with 113 women and 123 men applying for a grant. Of the 236 applicants, 69 were employed while 156 worked as freelancers.

24 applications, submitted by 85 applicants in total, were approved. A total amount of €196.192 was allocated, significantly more than in any previous year. The average grant was €8.175 while the largest grant was €15.000. 

ECBG support


Geographic spread

Our European Cross-border grant programme is very inclusive, currently we support journalists who live in the Council of Europe member countries (geographical Europe). When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted, too. 

In 2019, the applicants came from 43 different nations of which 37 European countries. Six applicants came from non-European countries (Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and the United States) and we also had applicants from 4 of the 5 EU candidate countries (none from Montenegro).

There were no applications from Letland, Luxemburg, Slovakia and Cyprus. 

Most applications were from Spain and the United Kingdom (18), followed by Italy (17). France and Germany (16) and The Netherlands (15) followed in third and fourth place. 

Who we support


Of the twenty-four projects that were allocated a grant in 2019, six investigative stories have already been published:

Spanish award for Land of plenty, land of but a few


MADRID - "Land of plenty, land of but a few" has won the King of Spain International Journalism Award in the category environmental and sustainable development journalism. This multimedia project was realized by four journalists from Mozambique, Portugal and The Netherlands and supported by Journalismfund.eu.

Money Trail project

Apply now for a Money Trail training in Nairobi


Money Trail offers a new five-day training course focused on how to make you a better and more secure investigative reporter. The course takes place from 29 June until 3 July 2020 in Nairobi. Deadline for applications is 9 March 2020.

Impact of our cross-border investigation: Manufacturer to stop making pesticide linked to brain damage


A major manufacturer of the insecticide chlorpyrifos Corteva Inc will stop making the chemical at the end of the year. This became possible thanks to Journalismfund.eu-supported cross-border investigation on chlorpyrifos conducted by the collaborative team of journalists from Poland, Denmark and Slovenia.