Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

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Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

applications to the fund are currently closed

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“This Fund will give outstanding women journalists the ability to turn their reporting ambitions into reality.”

– Howard G. Buffett

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“The IWMF Howard G. Buffett fund grant has changed my life. It made my idea of a web app showcasing the male-to-female ratio of business leaders by company possible, and gave me the vote of confidence I needed to keep going as an entrepreneur and journalist. Before this, LedBetter was just a dream and a spreadsheet. Now, we have the resources to create a beautiful online tool that will hopefully educate thousands of people on gender equality and inequality at the brands they buy. The grant has helped me step up as a leader and take charge of creating something impactful.”

– Iris Kuo (2015, Round 1)
Ledbetter Gender Equality Index

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“I can’t believe how much we’ve learned in just a couple of months… it was a life changing experience!”

– Martine Powers (2015, Round 2)

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“My project Silent Evidence, is a collaborative multi-segment audio documentary on childhood sexual abuse. It’s a hybrid of first person narrative and investigative journalism. I wanted to take a polyvalent approach — examining the political, cultural, psychological factors shaping how we confront this issue. As a survivor I live this issue at the intersections of those forces. It’s an emotional conundrum as well as a policy conundrum for me every single day. It felt critical to take a holistic approach to the story — one that could interweave an examination of cultural norms, the media, prosecutorial discretion, the impact of trauma on logic, etc. Finding a way to render these intersecting forces was about a quest to tell this story in the most truthful and engaging way possible.The grant from the IWMF allowed me to take time to capture those moments, to do in depth research, and to collaborate with two unique partners…This grant made pulling all the pieces together possible. It was healing and hopefully to be able to work in a way that honored my experience as a survivor and my multi-platform approach to media distribution.”

– Tennessee Watson (2015, Round 1)
Silent Evidence Project


  • FAQs
    The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists provides the financial support for women journalists to pursue opportunities that will make them leaders in the news industry. Flexible grant amounts will support a wide range of innovative, original, and collaborative news media projects, and to strengthen the skills of women journalists worldwide. For more details about the Fund, please read our answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • 2016 Grant Application Guide
    The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is an incredible resource for talented reporters and will make a real difference in the field of journalism. The IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors.
    Please read these guidelines before preparing your application.

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