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Indigenous Environmental Journalism Story Grants


Earth Journalism Network is offering reporting grants to Indigenous Environmental Journalists. If interested, you can apply for this journalism grant and check the Eligibility Criteria and other Details for more information.

This journalism grant supports the production of in-depth stories that will call attention to climate justice biodiversity, sustainable ecosystems, Indigenous leadership, and other issues related to the rights and well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Sponsoring Agency: Earth Journalism Network 

Type of Fund: Grant

Deadline: February 7, 2022


Globally, Indigenous peoples make up less than 5 percent of the total human population – about 370 million people – yet they manage or call home more than a quarter of the world’s land area. Those regions also support 80 percent of the planet’s global biodiversity.

But their perspectives are often missing from global conversations about biodiversity, climate change, and other critical environmental issues.

Although traditional Indigenous land-use practices often focus on sustainability and conservation, their land rights, sovereignty, and safety are constantly under threat by governments and corporations seeking to exploit natural resources.

And while their environmental footprint is small, they often bear the fallout of environmental degradation, with little access to services, financial resources, or platforms that help amplify traditional knowledge, boost visibility and allow for information sharing.

Through funding offered by the Nia Tero Foundation and the Svenska Postkodstiftelsen (The Swedish Postcode Lottery), EJN is providing 20 grants to Indigenous journalists looking to investigate and produce stories about environmental degradation in Indigenous communities as well as explore strategies for adaptation, resilience, and advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria

Who are eligible:

  • Applicants must self-identify as Indigenous and will be asked to provide details on their Indigenous affiliations in the application. Applicants can be from any country in the world.
  • Journalists who are not Indigenous are not eligible for this opportunity; however, it will accept applications from groups of Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists. In these cases, the Indigenous journalist must be the lead applicant. Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and receiving funds on the group’s behalf if awarded.
  • For the purposes of this grant opportunity, it will only be accepting applications in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Unfortunately, it does not have the capacity to consider applications in other languages at this time. Applicants must either have a working understanding of English or have a translator available to assist with communication with Internews staff.
  • Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with investigative reporting experience and a history of covering environmental issues. It encourages applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations – international, national, local, and community-based.

Funding Information 

It expects to award 20 grants in total, at two funding levels: 10 grants will be awarded with an average budget of $1,450, and another 10 grants will be awarded with an average budget of $1,250.

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