This grant and mentoring programme aims to address the shortage of independent journalism by providing grants to investigative journalism projects in Europe and encouraging cross-border collaboration.

This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme (running since 2009) supports cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

These are projects that have great news value and depth, and at the same time are original, innovative and time-consuming, and would not be realised without financial support. Projects can include cross-border research, networking between colleagues, and established and innovative investigative methods.

Journalismfund Europe supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

Next to a grant, teams can also apply for a mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill.

Financial support

For the European Cross-Border grants (2024-2026), Journalismfund Europe received support from Vereniging Veronica and Limelight Foundations. More news about additional donors soon.

Journalists (and independent media outlets) living in continental Europe (plus Kosovo) are eligible to apply. Which means that this grant is inclusive for all Europeans and not just those who live in the European Union.

An independent jury of four decides who gets a grant. Here’s how the jury works.

Find stories subsidised by this grant programme here.

Need help?

Take a look at our FAQ. Next, we’re always happy to discuss your project ideas or to answer any questions you might have about your application. So don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or mail, or to make an appointment for a video call.



Journalists and media outlets from continental Europe

Teams of journalists and/or independent media from at least two countries in continental Europe are eligible to apply.

When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted too.



In 2024 we target a total grant budget of €900,000 to distribute over four application rounds (€225,000 per call). TBC

For the period 2024-2026, we do not know yet how much budget will be available. We communicate about this end of December 2023.

For the period 2024-2025, the programme will be supported by 2 foundations among others (tbc):

  • Limelight Foundation
  • Vereniging Veronica

29 February 2024 (TBC)

For this grant programme there are 4 application rounds scheduled in 2024.

  • The first application deadline will be Thursday 29 February 2024 at 1pm CET. TBC!
  • The second deadline will be Thursday 23 May 2024 at 1pm CET. TBC!
  • The third deadline will be Thursday 23 August 2024 at 1 pm CEST. TBC!
  • The fourth deadline was: Thursday 7 November 2024 at 1 pm CEST. TBC!
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