IJNR accepting proposals for Indigenous Reporting Award through Feb. 14

The Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources invites proposals for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health.

The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support for qualified, professional journalists, in order to allow them to report on important topics that they may not otherwise be able to cover.

Grant money may be spent on any costs incurred for normal reporting activities: travel, lodging, research, etc. If you have questions, please feel free to ask: contact@ijnr.org.

Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply. Please read the complete award guidelines (below) prior to submission. 


Across North America, Indigenous communities are often intimately involved in complex natural resource issues. Whether it’s addressing the realities of sea level rise, fighting to protect water quality and quantity, or creating new opportunities for ecosystem-based careers, these communities are home to important, nuanced environment stories that often go untold.

IJNR invites proposals for grants of up to $1,000 for reporting projects focused on natural resource stories unfolding in Native American, First Nation, or Alaska Native communities. Reporters need not be from these communities, but priority will be given to Indigenous journalists.

We strongly encourage applicants to avail themselves of the educational resources available regarding sensitive reporting in Indigenous communities, and to be cognizant of cultural, social and political differences between nations. You can find several relevant links on our diversity page.

Support for this award comes from the Society of Environmental Journalists/Fund for Environmental Journalism and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

View more information and make submissions here.

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