The programme is intended for journalists and editorial offices in need of support in time-consuming and costly journalistic investigations. We are looking for projects important to citizens and conducive to a positive change of the Polish social, political and economic reality. These projects must carry significant information value and be conducted according to high ethical standards.
Proposals may be individual or team initiatives.
The grant programme is open to experienced journalists living in Poland and cooperating with the Polish media. Projects can be carried out in cooperation with journalists and media from other EU countries. The program also invites journalists from Ukraine and Belarus. In order to apply for the grant, knowledge of the Polish language is required.
We expect candidates to have journalistic experience (press, radio, TV, online) documented by examples of already published material.
The funded project must be published by at least one professional outlet. When submitting an application, a letter of intent from the editorial department which plans to publish the material is required.
All journalistic formats are eligible for the grant: newspaper articles, documentaries, radio and TV content, photo essays and books, podcasts and journalistic non-fiction books.
Journalists who have previously received a grant from the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation may reapply for it after a year. In evaluating a new application, the Jury will take into account the results of previous grants.
The grant may fund:
The following expenses are not covered by the grant: office costs, banking and legal costs, subcontracting.
Each proposal must include a cost calculation based on the budget template.
The first round of applications is scheduled for 2021. The deadline is 23th June 2022.
Once the applications are received, the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation checks whether all formalities have been fulfilled and may request additional information from the applicants. The verification stage takes 10 days.
Once the applications have been positively verified, they will be assessed by the Jury (see below).
Applicants will be informed of the Jury's decision within 40 days of the deadline for applications.
The applications are evaluated in two stages by an independent Committee consisting of experts in the field of journalism and a Jury selected from it. The Committee members are selected by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation. From among the 30 members of the Committee, whose names will be made public, three persons will meet as a Jury on a rotating basis. The Jury remains anonymous.
The Committee is responsible for the pre-selection of up to 10 projects. The projects selected further are then forwarded to the Jury, which makes the final selection of no more than 3 projects and decides on the scope of co-financing. The work of the Committee is chaired by Piotr Stasiński, advisor to the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation.
Both the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and Jury members are obliged to maintain confidentiality - before, during and after the evaluation of the applications.
Members of the Jury operate within the strict framework of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation's policy of preventing conflicts of interest. This is to ensure the highest ethical standards and independence and objectivity in decision-making. Members of the Committee cannot be employees of "Gazeta Wyborcza".
The Committee and Jury meet twice a year.
The Committee and Jury will evaluate the entries on the basis of the following criteria:
The Committee and Jury will also take into account the diversity of the projects submitted in terms of:
All criteria will be scored by the Jury. The maximum number of points is 100. Candidates will receive a summary with the number of points obtained in each criterion.
Grant applicants and all others involved in the project must adhere to the principles of the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists.
Each applicant signs an agreement with the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation that sets out mutual obligations.
The grant is paid in two instalments: the first one (60%) after signing the Agreement, the second one (40%) after publishing the project and submitting the documents confirming the incurred expenses (statement of incurred expenses and list of supporting documents).
The grant is paid in PLN to bank accounts. All bank charges for international payments are borne by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, except for differences resulting from exchange rates.
Any journalistic material published as a result of the grant must contain a clear reference to the support from the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation's Investigative Journalism Programme.
Applicants must accept the General Terms and Conditions of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation Grants.
The first step is to come up with an original investigative project of high social value. To prove it, we require a letter of intent from a professional media outlet guaranteeing the publication of the material. Each proposal must also include a cost calculation based on a budget template.
Yes. Applications can be either individuals or groups of journalists, including those working as a single editorial team at a media outlet. In assessing an editorial team's application, the Jury will take into account the extent to which the grant is necessary for the investigation, taking into account the size and condition of the media organisation.
The conditions of the grant do not prohibit the publication of part or all of the material produced with the support of the Investigative Journalism Programme. However, this cannot be the only form of its release. According to the rules of the Programme, the funded project must be published by at least one professional outlet.
You can report the honorarium, based on the median monthly earnings of a journalist in Poland - 5500 PLN gross.
The amount of the grant depends on the nature and requirements of a given project, and is therefore highly individualised. At the same time, the programme is intended for journalists who need support to carry out time-consuming and financially demanding journalistic investigations, so the minimum grant amount is PLN 10,000.