International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Grants for Female Journalists – Apply now!


    IWMF Grants for female journalists Application Guide

    Women journalists with three or more years of professional experience can now apply for reporting grants. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), with support from The Secular Society, is offering Reporting Grants For Women’s Stories.

    The initiative aims to promote reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.

    Grants, averaging US$5,000, may cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees and payment for fixers/translators.

    The deadline is June 29.

    For more information on how to apply, click here.

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    IWMF Grant Application Guide

    IWMF Eligibility

    An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full-time professional practising journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.

    About the IWMF Fund

    The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

    The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to

    • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
    • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
    • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
    • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
    • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

    A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, former IWMF grantees, and senior practicing journalists will select grantees.

    Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.

    Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.

    2018 Fund Timeline
    Funding Round*
    Application Open
    Applicants Contacted
    Funds Distributed
    January 23 – March 9, 2018
    Applicants will be notified of their status approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline
    IWMF will work with grantees to distribute funds in a manner that best suits their project
    June 19th – August 7, 2018

    * There will be two rounds of general grant funding in 2018.

    Applying for a IWMF  Grant

    Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):

      • 1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
      • 2. Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
      • 3. If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
      • 4. Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
      • 5. Estimated budget and time frame

    Additional Application Information

    The IWMF uses an online application system called Submittable for applicants to submit proposals.

    • A link to the online Submittable system will be available through the IWMF’s website for future funding rounds prior the opening of each round.
    • In order to begin an application in Submittable, you are required to create a username and password through Submittable’s online system. The system allows applicants to log-in and save work before creating a final submission.
    • Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail once a completed grant proposal has been submitted.
    • All grantees will be notified once the winners of each round have been selected. Please follow us through social media for updates throughout each application round.
    • Applicants and grantees retain their intellectual property rights throughout their relationship with the IWMF.
    • Due to a high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on individual proposals.

    IWMF Grant Recipients

    • Grantees are notified by the IWMF staff approximately 6-8 weeks after the close of the application process.
    • In order to accept the funds, grantees must countersign a grant agreement letter that details the project, budget, and timeline.
    • Grantees are required to report back to the IWMF periodically and will work with an IWMF Program Officer and Senior Program Office to determine a succinct method of grant reporting.
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