GRID-Arendal Grants for Investigative Journalism on Environmental Crime 2021

GRID-Arendal Grants for Investigative Journalism on Environmental Crime 2021

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Applications are open for the GRID-Arendal Grants for Investigative Journalism on Environmental Crime 2021. The journalism grant program funds in-depth, investigative journalism that breaks new ground and reveals new information about environmental crime that takes place within or across developing countries.

They are looking for high-impact reporting, especially on issues that are neglected by mainstream media. They invite proposals for projects on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, audio, video, and multimedia projects. Proposals for data journalism, data visualization, and open source intelligence (OSINT) journalism are welcome.


  • Four grant recipients will each receive 25,000 Norwegian kronor (approximately €2,300).


  • Journalists from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply. They encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.
  • You must be a professional journalist, either a staff member at a media organization or a freelancer with a record of publishing work in respected outlets.
  • You must have experience in investigative journalism.


Applications will be evaluated by a team of GRID-Arendal personnel. Among other factors, they will consider:

  • potential to reach a wide audience.
  • potential to make an impact and cause change.
  • journalist’s experience in investigative reporting.
  • whether a project would happen without their support.


Applications should include:

  • Résumé or CV.
  • 3–5 published work samples.
  • Description of proposed reporting project, including plan for obtaining information and summary of preliminary research or reporting.
  • Estimated budget for project, explaining what grant money would pay for.
  • Estimated timeline for project.
  • Publication plan, ideally including letter of commitment or letter of interest from a media outlet, and indication of whether you would publish the project in any languages other than English.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Acknowledgement of any other donors or sources of funding for the project, if relevant.
  • Statement about how you would operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application materials must be written in English and budgets expressed in Norwegian kroner. All materials should be combined into a single PDF and emailed to Valentin Emelin via [email protected] and Siri Olsson via [email protected] Applications that are incomplete or do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

For more information, visit GRID-Arendal Grants.