April 28, 2021 — The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants of up to $5,000 on two topics:
- Environment-climate-religion connections, including underrepresented religions. Register for the related #SEJ2021 Webinar here.
- Environmental health and justice in the United States, including chemical/toxic exposure and pollution. Register for the related #SEJ2021 Webinar here.
Story projects that reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives (including, but not limited to, gender, racial, ethnic, religious and economic diversity) and that reach local audiences are particularly encouraged.
The application portal is now open. Proposals will be accepted until June 15, 2021. Proposals must include a brief narrative, dissemination plan, impact measurement plan, resume/CV, letter of support from editor(s) and budget (with a maximum stipend of $2000 per person).
COVID-19 Changes: To address the current crisis, SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism has made some changes:
- Stipends: Freelance journalists and directly employed staff at nonprofit news outlets can apply for stipends of up to $2000 per individual. Proposals that support multiple journalists are encouraged.
- Travel: Any proposals that include travel funding must include an explanation of how the applicant will both (1) comply with current government travel restrictions and public health best practices and (2) ensure that the project can be completed within one year of grant award. Projects that are dependent on travel across national borders are discouraged, and will require additional justification or explanation.
This competition is generously underwritten by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Environmental Defense Fund, Hewlett Foundation, The Religion & Environment Story Project, and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form
Calling all donors:
SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it.
- 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.
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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, for the 2021 round ending June 15, entry fees will be waived for members of the Religion News Association and members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, NLGJA/Association of LGBTQ Journalists, South Asian Journalists Association, Uproot Project). 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.
Fund for Environmental Journalism story project grants 2011 – 2020 have been funded by foundation grants and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (see below). Read how the FEJ got started here.
The Society of Environmental Journalists is grateful to all generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Foundation grants have made it possible for SEJ to underwrite projects proposed by news organizations, including The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, The Guardian and High Country News.
Providers of Foundation Grants:
Bullitt Foundation | Burning River Foundation | Compton Foundation | Cornelius King Foundation | Cornell Douglas Foundation | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation | Energy Foundation | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment | The Heinz Endowments | Hewlett Foundation | The Nature Conservancy | The Pew Charitable Trusts | Spring Point Partners | Walton Family Foundation | The Wilderness Society | Wyss Foundation
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