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 nine 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
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 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.
* There will be two rounds of general grant funding in 2017.
While applicants can seek funding on any under-reported topic, in this round of funding only the IWMF has set aside a discrete pool of money for small grants that support reporting on how local communities in the United States are affected by or reacting to the flow of undocumented migrants coming from Mexico and/or Central America. Projects pitched for this opportunity need to be completed and published/produced in under a year, and have a suggested budget of no more than $5,000.
Please note Potential grantees can access the application online during an open funding round at iwmf.org. 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):
Additional Application Information
The IWMF uses an online application system called Submittable for applicants to submit proposals.
About The IWMF Established in 1990, the IWMF’s mission is to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. Our vision is for women journalists worldwide to be fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media, which will help consumers to increase their demand for news with a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression.