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Money Trail Journalism Working Grant 2020

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Money Trail Journalism Working Grant 2020

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In Money Trail, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

The primary goal of this grant is to expose illicit finance and tax abuse. 

Who can apply?

  • Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. 
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story - where the money trail leads to a tax haven - can be accepted. 
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist. 
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia can apply with local journalists.

In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, they will be asked to upload commitment of publication from relevant media organisations. 
There are so many stories all over the world yet to be told. This is your chance to help tell them. 

RULES + TIMING

There will be 10 application rounds over the three years: 2018 - 2020. For the next round, we have around 50.000 euro to distribute to different teams. 

Underneath an approximate application timeline, some info about the criteria and the budget.

In general

Money Trail offers working grants for African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

After the application deadline, Journalismfund.eu checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week.

After this, the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision.

Applicants are usually informed around 30 days after the deadline.

Both Journalismfund.eu and the jury are bound to strict confidentiality—before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.

Some applications can be refused on budget grounds. See budget template further below. 

Deadlines

There will be 10 application rounds over the three years (2018/2019/2020). These are the next application deadlines:

  • 15 June 2020, 4.00 p.m. CET
  • 14 September 2020, 4.00 p.m. CET

The Jury

The applications are assessed by a separate, independent, anonymous jury of four people with ample experience in investigative journalism in Africa, Asia and Europe. The jury members are chosen by Journalismfund.eu and suggested by the Money Trail consortium and the advisory board of Journalismfund.eu. Their names will be made public after all grants have been awarded.

The jury will decide on journalistic criteria:

Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on 9 criteria in relative weight to each other:

1. Added value compared to mainstream coverage / a forgotten story

13

2. Relevance in society

13

3. Originality and innovative ideas, research methods

9

4. Feasibility

11

5. Experience of the applicants, references

5

6. Saleability, newsworthiness

11

7. Work effort requirement

8

8. Cross-border stories, cooperation between colleagues in different countries,
pooling research capacity and knowledge

15

9. Being a watchdog of institutions, policies, money

15

Total

100

 

For Who?

  • Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. 
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story - where the money trail leads to a tax haven - can be accepted. 
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist. 
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia can apply with local journalists.

Letter of intent for publication

In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, they must upload commitment of publication from relevant media organisations. 

Which Costs?

Journalismfund.eu supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. A grant can cover two types of costs:

  • Working expenses: these can include travel, accommodation, translation, access to pay-databases, etc.
    We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs, nor do we support food and beverages.
  • Research time (only for freelance journalists).

Download the budget template HERE. Your budget must be in Excel. 

How Much?

The total available amount per application round is around 50.000 euro: this amount is distributed among different projects. The money comes from the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.

Grant Conditions

  • The applicant endorses the five ethical principles of journalism (truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity, and accountability) as suggested by the Ethical Journalism Network.
  • Every grantee signs an Agreement with Journalismfund.eu that states the mutual arrangements and conditions.
  • Grants are paid in two instalments: the first (2/3) upon signature of the Agreement, the second (1/3) upon the completion of the project and finalisation of the administration.
  • Grants are paid in euro. They are only paid out on bank accounts, not via other money transfer services. Any bank charges for international payments are carried by Journalismfund.eu, except for exchange rates.
  • Any journalistic product that is the result of the supported project explicitly has to mention the support of the Money Trail project.
  • The signed Agreements (at the beginning of the project) and the original receipts of the expenses (after completion of the project) must be sent in hard (physical) copy to Journalismfund.eu. (This is due to the legislative and highest audit requirements Journalismfund.eu has to comply with, which enables it to receive funding from donors and transfer it to journalists.) Applicants can include shipping costs for these required documents in their budget.

If you think you will not be able to meet all these conditions, please contact Journalismfund.eu before applying.

How to apply?

Through a secure online application module. You can enter the module by clicking at the bottom of this page.

To see a preview of the application form, you can download it here. You can download a Word document with the questions here.

Read, understand and respect the rules for application before applying.

Application Link  https://moneytrail.journalismfund.eu/en/user/login

Complete Details on the Grant  https://moneytrail.journalismfund.eu/en/rules

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