Grant Application Guide


An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.About the Fund

The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, former IWMF grantees, and senior practicing journalists will select grantees.

Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.

2019 Fund Timeline
Funding Round*
Application Open
Applicants Contacted
Funds Distributed
January 23 –
March 9, 2019
Applicants will be notified of their status approximately
6-8 weeks after the application deadline
IWMF will work with grantees to distribute funds in a manner that best suits their project
August 1 –
September 5, 2019

* There will be two rounds of general grant funding in 2019.

Please note Potential grantees can access the application online during an open funding round at This guide and the fund FAQs (frequently asked questions) will help applicants navigate the process. Before beginning a grant application, applicants should review the IWMF’s mission and initiatives. In addition to providing an overview of the Foundation’s goals, these materials will give applicants a better sense of the projects IWMF supports.
Applying for a Grant

Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):

    • 1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
    • 2. Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
    • 3. If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
    • 4. Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
    • 5. Estimated budget and time frame

Additional Application Information

The IWMF uses an online application system called Submittable for applicants to submit proposals.

  • A link to the online Submittable system will be available through the IWMF’s website for future funding rounds prior the opening of each round.
  • In order to begin an application in Submittable, you are required to create a username and password through Submittable’s online system. The system allows applicants to log-in and save work before creating a final submission.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail once a completed grant proposal has been submitted.
  • All grantees will be notified once the winners of each round have been selected. Please follow us through social media for updates throughout each application round.
  • Applicants and grantees retain their intellectual property rights throughout their relationship with the IWMF.
  • Due to a high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on individual proposals.

Grant Recipients

  • Grantees are notified by the IWMF staff approximately 6-8 weeks after the close of the application process.
  • In order to accept the funds, grantees must countersign a grant agreement letter that details the project, budget, and timeline.
  • Grantees are required to report back to the IWMF periodically and will work with an IWMF Program Officer and Senior Program Office to determine a succinct method of grant reporting.