he Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on:
- Climate or conservation in North America
- Water quality and availability in the United States
- Mississippi River Basin, including agriculture, food, water and sustainability
- Oceans and coasts globally, including fisheries, sea-level rise and coastal restoration
NEW: This FEJ round has a rolling deadline. Rapid Response Grants (including stipend) are available up to $2500 per individual or $5000 for team or news outlet projects.
This competition is generously underwritten by The Hewlett Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, Walton Family Foundation and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
- FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
- Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.
Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form
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Only people who qualify for membership in SEJ are eligible to apply for Fund for Environmental Journalism grants, that is, you must be a journalist, professor or student who is not employed to do any public relations work on environmental issues. If your work includes public relations writing, concerning environmental issues, please don’t continue. See guidelines.
If you are a member of SEJ, the application fee is waived. For nonmembers, the fee is $40. If you join SEJ before you apply for the fund, your membership’s first-year dues are $40 and the application fee for the fund will be waived subsequent to your being accepted into the membership.
In addition, entry fees will be waived for members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Association of LGBTQ Journalists). See guidelines.
SELECTION AND POLICIES:
Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors appointed by the Society of Environmental Journalists Board of Directors. SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.
- Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage.
- Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions.
- Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.