Application for a working grant

  • Both beginning (starters) and experienced journalist (seniors) can submit a project that cannot be realised through the normal channels of journalism, that has major news value and depth and that is also original, innovative and time-consuming.
  • The applicant must be a journalist (written or audio-visual press), or be able to prove that he/she is aspiring to a career in journalism. Personal references and/or references to earlier work are essential in that respect.
  • Only natural persons can apply for a Working Grant.
  • Projects with regard to investigative and special journalism must deal with topics that are relevant for Flanders. (Project need to be publish in Flemish media.)
  • The Pascal Decroos Fund gives four types of Working Grants:
    • INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. A working grant for investigative journalism allows the applicant to concentrate on one particular topic for a longer period of time.
    • PRELIMINARY RESEARCH. When it is not clear whether the inquiries will yield the expected results, it is possible to apply for a grant to cover the expenses of the preliminary research.
    • STARTERS' GRANT. In some cases, beginning journalists can receive a starters' grant.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate that his project is realistic and practical. Seniors need to have an agreement in principle that they can dispose of a medium to make their journalistic product; for starters this is considered a plus.
  • All journalistic end products qualify for a grant: newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television documentaries and series, photo-reportages and books, and journalistic non-fiction books.
  • An independent jury will decide on the allocation of the Grants, on the basis of objective criteria.
  • The jury is made up of journalists that have an extensive track record within the profession.
  • The Grants are void of any commercial interest.



The Fund covers two types of costs related to the research of your special journalistic project:

1. Working allowance (fee): up to a maximum of € 1000 / month (full-time). For example, if you If you work half-time on the project, you can request a maximum of € 500 / month. One week of full-time work : 250 € etc. 

2. Expenses related to research: this must be proven on completion of the project with original documents (invoices, invoices, tickets, etc.)

  • transportation costs
  • accommodation costs
  • interpreters and translators
  • FOI requests
  • other costs associated with the research

Costs that do not qualify (not exhaustive)

  • investment goods (computers, cameras, ...)
  • meals / per diems
  • overhead expenses
  • production costs (eg post-production, recording, printing costs, ...)

Please be as specific as possible when describing your expenses.

You should clearly indicate which costs should be covered by the Pascal Decroos Fund.