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Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Women and Nonbinary Journalists for Projects and Career Advancement in the Area of News Reporting

Funding Source International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) Geographic Focus All USA USA Territories: American Samoa (USA); Guam (USA); Puerto Rico (USA); Virgin Islands (USA); Northern Mariana Islands (USA); USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA) International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates Deadline: Ongoing Save

Grant Description Grants to USA, Canada, and International women and nonbinary professional journalists for career advancement in the area of news reporting. Funding is intended for projects and career development activities, including conferences, workshops, security training, media development, and technical skills-building training. The goal of this grant program is to give outstanding women journalists the ability to turn their reporting ambitions into reality. Reporting projects include journalistic work in any media format, including but not limited to print, digital, video, photography, and new media. The Fund for Women Journalists will prioritize reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance. The fund was designed to help women and nonbinary 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

Here is a non-exhaustive list of what can be included in your budget:

  • Stipend for freelance reporter

  • Transportation

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Photography

  • Interpreters and translators

  • Fees for public document requests

  • Local producers

  • Video/audio editing

  • Transcription

  • Travel insurance

  • Licensing fees

  • Bank transfer fees

  • PPE (e.g., masks, gloves)

  • COVID-19 tests

Full Grant Text RFP Recipient Additional Eligibility Criteria - Freelance and staff journalists of any nationality may apply. - Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish, but reporting may be published in any language. - The IWMF accepts applications from individual women and nonbinary journalists and from teams of journalists. For Teams: - Teams may include journalists of any gender; however, the submission must be from a woman or nonbinary journalist, and the team must include at least 50% women or nonbinary journalists. - Note: The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. The Foundation is inclusive of all women, nonbinary and gender nonconforming journalists. - Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession. - Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets. Ineligible Please note that the IWMF is unable to work with news outlets (such as the BBC) that do not honor the program’s crediting requirements. Not funded: - Tuition or living expenses for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking programs - Professional development opportunities not related to journalism - Equipment for rental or purchase (e.g., computers, cameras, microphones, hard drives, software) - Payment for sources - “Miscellaneous” or “emergency” line items - General operating expenses for organizations Pre-Application Information The Fund for Women Journalists is accepting applications on a rolling basis. For reporting projects, it is strongly recommended that you apply with a commitment from a news outlet (including a letter of interest from an editor) or a detailed pitching/distribution plan. 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. Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 4-6 weeks after submission. All applications must include a detailed budget and timeline. Due to a high volume of applications, the Foundation can only offer limited feedback on individual proposals. Application Guide: FAQs: Foundation Information: Additional Funding Information Estimated Total Program Funding: $230,000 Estimated Size of Grant The average grant size for the FWJ, from 2021 to 2022, was $6,000 USD. Projects requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis. Term of Contract Applicants are encouraged to consider a one-year timeline or less for completion and publication of their project. Most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen. Contact Information Apply online: If you have any further questions or are experiencing any accessibility issues with the application process, please email senior program coordinator, Taylor Moore, at [email protected]. 1625 K Street NW, Suite 1275 Washington, DC 20006, USA [email protected] (+1) 202-496-1992


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