Pulitzer Center is accepting applications for Gender Equality Grants 2021! Apply now!
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for investigative data-driven projects on issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women & girls. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by global crises and face discrimation and violence worldwide. In the fight against the disparities they endure, they show resilience, strength, and leadership.
The Gender Equality Grant is designed to help journalists take to a new level the reporting on issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is supported by a partnership with PIMCO, which provides funding support for reporting projects, education and outreach, and community engagement on issues related to gender equality and the economic empowerment of girls and women. Pulitzer Center values stories that elevate the voices of communities not often represented in the media, stories of resilience, and projects that tackle systemic issues of gender equality using data and investigative reporting. For inspiration, here are a few recent projects they supported:
- Women on the Move (The Everyday Projects)
- Immigrant Women at the Front of COVID-19 Resistance in Buenos Aires (Anita Pouchard Serra)
- Fighting Caste, Patriarchy, Climate and the Pandemic One Crop at a Time (Karthikeyan Hemalatha)
- Siona: Amazon’s Defenders Under Threat (Tom Laffay)
- ‘No Choice but to Do It’: How Women are Criminalized for Surviving (Justine van der Leun)
- Climate Change Pushes Girls in Northern Kenya Back to Early Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (Neha Wadekar and Will Swanson)
- ‘Buzz of a Mosquito… But With the Sound of Grief’:The Lives of India’s Women Prisoners (Jahnavi Sen)
- Misgendering, Sexual Violence, Harassment: What it is to be a Transgender Person in an Indian Prison (Sukanya Shantha)
- The Pulitzer Center Grant does not have a budget range. They will consider projects of any scope and size and are open to supporting multiple projects each year
- The average size of a Pulitzer Center grant is $5,000, but may be more or less depending on circumstances.
- In exceptional cases, they may consider stipends to cover a reporter’s time, if provided in the budget with an explanation
- It is OK to include costs of contractors, such as data researchers, illustrators, or data visualization/story designers in your proposal and budget.
The Pulitzer Center wants to make sure that people from many backgrounds and perspectives are empowered to produce journalism. Hence, this opportunity is open to-
- U.S. residents and journalists around the world
- Open to proposals from freelance journalists, staff journalists, or groups of newsrooms working in collaboration with a project idea.
- Proposals from journalists and newsrooms who represent a broad array of social, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups, and economic backgrounds are strongly encouraged
To apply, you will be asked to provide the following:
- A description of the proposed project in no more than 250 words.
- A thorough publication plan. Letters of interest or commitment from editors and news outlets should be included.
- A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Travel grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting; please do not include stipends for the applicants. Local reporting partner/translator/driver fees are acceptable.
- Three samples of published work, either print or broadcast.
- Three professional references. These can be either contact information, or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available.
- A copy of your curriculum vitae.
Applications may also include a more detailed description of project but this will be considered as optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary. Applications must be written in English.
To start the application process please click on Apply Now.
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