Launched in September 2018 with a grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment through the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), the Rainforest Journalism Fund represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the fund will award grants totaling $5.5 million over five years in support of two hundred original reporting projects as well as convene annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues such as deforestation and climate change.
RJF recently issued two new calls for proposals:
Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund — For journalists reporting on tropical rainforests for local or regional media outlets in Southeast Asia. Applications may be received in English or bahasa Indonesia.
Grant amounts typically will range between $2,500 and $7,500 but may be higher depending on project specifics.
Applications for local and regional projects are independently reviewed by advisory committees comprised of experienced journalists. The committees work with the Pulitzer Center on final selection of grantees, assisting journalists on their projects, and fostering relationships with news-media organizations in each region. The fund also will provide hostile-environment and first-aid training to seventy-five journalists operating in rainforest regions.
For additional information, including detailed project guidelines and application instructions, see the Rainforest Journalism Fund website.