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IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists 2019

IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists 2019

Deadline: 5 September 2019
Open to: woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world
Benefits: average grant size is 10,000 USD

Description

Applications are open for the second round of the IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists 2019. Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

Applicants may apply for one of two different types of funding: reporting projects or professional development opportunities. Reporting projects include journalistic work in any media format, including but not limited to print, digital, video, photography and new media. The Fund for Women Journalists will prioritize reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance. Professional development opportunities can include security training, conferences, workshops and media development initiatives such as technical skills building trainings.

Eligibility

  • Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must identify as women.
  • Practicing journalism must be the applicants primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of post-graduate professional journalism experience.
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.
  • Special consideration will be given to freelance journalists

Benefits

Approximately USD 230,000 will be dispersed each year. Grant sizes will depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget. The program is encouraging applicants to consider a one-year timeline or less for completion and publication of their project – please note the average grant size is 10,000 USD. Projects with timelines longer than one year or requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis. Projects pitched for this opportunity need to be completed and published/produced in under a year. All applications must include a detailed preliminary budget and timeline. There are certain requests that the Fund selection committee will not consider. The Fund will not provide money to cover tuition expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Requests for assistance with equipment will be considered on a limited basis.

How to apply?

Please read the FAQ’s and the Grant Application guideline before applying.

For more information please visit the official website.

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