The Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism is Journalismfund Europe's grant programme that strives to advance investigative journalism in Dutch-language media in Belgium.
The programme awards grants to distinctive journalistic projects. The grant gives experienced as well as young journalists the chance to execute their investigative ideas and by doing so, contribute to quality investigative journalism in Flanders.
The grant programme - established in 1998 - has resided under the wings of Journalismfund Europe since 2013. The programme is subsidised by the Flemish Government. In February 2022, the Flemish Governement and Journalismfund Europe vzw have signed for the first time a cooperation agreement for a period of 4 years (2022-2025). The contract provides a subsidy of 481.000 euros per year for the Pascal Decroos Fund project and FPD Low Countries.
The project aims to keep the memory of Pascal Decroos alive and to continue his life’s work. The Fund was set up in 1998 by family, close friends and colleagues of Decroos to commemorate and further the legacy of the Belgian journalist. What we stand for is what Pascal Decroos stood for in word and deed. He was dedicated to investigative journalism. He was committed to creating opportunities to develop young journalistic talent and had an ability to bring people from different facets of society to dialogue and work together.
The results of the research must be published in a Flemish medium and relevant for the Flemish audience.
In 2024, there is €280.000 to distribute over four application rounds, which means approx. €70.000 per round. The money comes from the Flemish government.
For this grant programme there are 4 application rounds scheduled in 2024:
- The first application deadline: Thursday 1 February January 2024 at 1 pm CET (noon Brussels time).
- The second deadline: Thursday 16 May 2024 at 12 pm CET (noon Brussels time).
- The third deadline: Thursday 22 August 2024 at 1 pm CEST.
- The fourth deadline: Thursday 17 November 2024 at 1 pm CET.