Pulitzer Center Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund 2021 (Up to $7,500)

Pulitzer Center Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund 2021 (Up to $7,500)

Deadline: On Rolling Basis

Applications are open for the Pulitzer Center Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund 2021. They are inviting journalists who are working on projects related to tropical rainforests to submit a proposal for the Rainforest Journalism Fund.

There are two types of grants available:

  • Grants for journalists reporting for major American and European news outlets on tropical rainforests in any part of the world. Applications must be in English.
  • Grants for journalists based in and reporting for local and regional outlets in the Congo Basin region.


The supported journalism projects will focus on the following themes:

  • The tropical forests’ role in the overall climate equation and weather patterns globally, regionally and locally, and the resulting consequences for human life and living conditions (in broad terms) caused by deforestation.
  • Deforestation drivers (in broad terms).
  • Solutions to halt deforestation (in broad terms).


  • The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $2,500 to $7,500 but depending on project specifics may be higher.


  • Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers;
  • Staff journalists as well as freelancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.


Applications include the following:

  • A description of the proposed project, including distribution plan, in no more than 250 words.
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Our typical grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting. Fixer/translator/driver fees are acceptable and stipends can be considered depending on the circumstances.
  • Three samples of published work.
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information, or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Applications may also include a more detailed description of the project but this will be considered as optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary.

Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt. Typically, applications that are received in a given month receive a response by the end of the following month, with an emphasis on making Pulitzer Center projects as timely and newsworthy as possible. If your proposal requires immediate attention, please note why in your 250-word description.

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