Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organisations – Journalismfund Europe, Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited – and Oxfam Novib.

In Money Trail, Journalismfund offered working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse money laundering and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants were awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

The primary goal of this grant was to expose illicit finance, tax abuse, corruption and money laundering. 

Who could apply?

  • Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. 
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story - where the money trail leads to a tax haven - could also be accepted. 
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist. 
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia must collaborate with local journalists.

In order to be eligible for application, the journalists had to ensure that their story would be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, they were asked to upload commitment of publication from relevant media organisations.

Why Money Trail?

Money Trail exists because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation. Such work clearly can have a tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by journalists and some notable civil society organisations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.

More information

Find our supported stories here.
Read the Money Trail final project report.
For more information about The Money Trail project as a whole, visit the website

For Who
Africa, Asia and Europe

Teams of African, Asian and/or  European journalists were eligible to apply.

How Much

There were 11 application rounds in total for this project. The total available amount per call was around €50,000.

The Money Trail project is funded by the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij.

Next deadline
There are no more application calls scheduled.