In view of the grant programme collaboration between our Flemish Fonds Pascal Decroos grant programme and the Flemish Filip Decock foundation, Journalismfund.eu will start offering its expertise to other organisations that want to support investigative journalism through research grants.

Journalismfund.eu’s core business is and will always be to stimulate independent, in-depth quality journalism in Europe. We do this in many different ways, the most important being by offering working grants to journalists to do research for a project they can’t get financed in any other way

In September 2014 we’ll be teaming up with another organisation for the first time to launch a special ‘custom’ working grant application call with them. The Flemish Filip Decock foundation offers two working grants (one of €1,500 and one of €3,000) for journalism projects focusing on their specific field of interest: the third world.

This is what the collaboration looks like: laying down the application rules and selecting jury members to assess the different projects is done by the Filip Decock foundation. Journalismfund.eu supports the foundation in communicating about the application call to relevant audiences and in handling the application process. All applications are submitted via our website, where a very detailed application form for investigative journalism projects already exists. Journalists now have the option to choose whether they are applying for a ‘traditional’ Pascal Decroos Fund working grant or for the new Stichting Filip Decock working grants.

We realise that there is a danger in offering this service and want to stress that it is not a ‘journalism for sale’ concept. We have always fought for independent investigative journalism and will continue to do so. Therefore, one of the conditions for collaboration for us is that the applications are assessed by an independent jury. Still, different ethical views on this might exist across Europe. We leave it to journalists themselves to decide whether or not they want to apply for these ‘custom’ grants. In any case, any money we might make from this is invested directly in our general work of supporting investigative journalism in Europe, which we have been doing for over fifteen years.

(Photo © Alessandro Prada, slightly cropped)

In search of the enemy. The story of a journalist and a terrorist.


On September 11nd it will be 18 years ago that the Twin Towers collapsed and the War on Terror started, first in Afghanistan and today in almost 80 countries. Journalist Bette Dam worked and lived in this war, and is in Brussels to discuss the role of media in the coverage of the war. Dam is known for her work on Afghanistan and gained international recognition in March when breaking the news on the hiding place of the most-wanted Terrorist Mullah Omar, proving the CIA and their counterparts in the Aghan government wrong.

Exhibition: Documentary photography from Flanders and the Netherlands


BRUSSELS - From 13 September to 24 October you can visit the exhibition 'Nieuwe gezichten - Documentairefotografie uit Vlaanderen en Nederland' (Documentary photography from Flanders and the Netherlands) in De Markten in Brussels. With this exhibition, Journalismfund.eu wants to highlight the work of mainly young photojournalists from Flanders and the Netherlands.