National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists
Type of project: This fund places particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale. Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools.
Eligibility: We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding.
Grant size: US$1,000–8,000. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time
Closing date: Rolling