Story Grants

Reporting Democracy offers a limited number of reporting grants to journalists in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe to pursue in-depth features or investigations on issues affecting democracy in Visegrad Four countries and the Balkans.

Please read our editorial guidelines before applying.

We will consider proposals for grants for stories that require more financial support than regular features, analysis, interviews or comment pieces. (For information on how to pitch regular stories that do not require grant support, see our contribute page).

Reporting Democracy story grant proposals should be developed independently by applicants. It is your responsibility to ensure you can devote adequate time to researching and reporting the story and publish the final article through BIRN, where necessary gaining prior consent from your employer.

Applicants should complete and submit only one application with one research proposal. The application must be completed in English.

Candidates are obliged to provide at least one example of their writing along with the application form. Sample articles may be in English or local languages.

We offer two types of grants.


Reporting grant

Grants are available for in-depth features, investigations or analysis articles that do not have a substantial cross-border element. The amount of the grant depends on the complexity of the project. The length of stories of this kind is typically 1,500 words. APPLY FOR A REPORTING GRANT


Cross-border grant

Grants are available for individual journalists or teams with ideas for in-depth features or investigations with a substantial cross-border element (and preferably a multimedia element too). The amount of the grant depends on the complexity of the project. The length of stories of this kind is typically around 2,500 words. APPLY FOR A CROSS-BORDER GRANT

More information available here.

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