As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.
Through the fund, NGS will distribute grants ranging between $1,000 and $8,000 to support evidence-based local coverage of the preparation for, response to, and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The society will give preference to efforts that deliver news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, NGS especially encourages reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers but also must go deeper — telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light. Priority communities include those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus; Indigenous communities; immigrant or refugee communities; underserved, urban, rural, or elderly populations; and children.
The fund will support writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time.
Normally, NGS requires a project to start six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.
See the National Geographic Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.