European Cross-border Grants

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 award-winning 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 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 (2024-2025), Journalismfund Europe received support from The European Union, Vereniging Veronica and Limelight Foundations.

Journalists and independent media outlets are eligible to apply. At least 80% of your requested budget should go to journalists/media based 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.

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For Who
European Journalists and media outlets

Teams of journalists and/or independent media from at least two countries in Europe are eligible to apply. At least 80% of your requested budget must go to journalists/media from EU countries.

How Much

In 2024 the total grant budget is €900,000 to distribute over four application rounds (€225,000 per call).

For the period 2024-2025, the programme will be supported by 2 foundations and the European Union:

  • The European Union
  • Limelight Foundation
  • Vereniging Veronica
Next deadline
27 June 2024

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

  • The first deadline wasThursday 25 April 2024 at 1pm CET
  • The second deadline will be Thursday 27 June 2024 at 1 pm CEST
  • The third deadline will be Thursday 26 September 2024 at 1 pm CEST
  • The fourth deadline is: Thursday 7 November 2024 at 1 pm CET