The program is open to journalists from the project’s participating countries: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine. Applicants are expected to form teams of at least two members, and submit one application per team for a single project. It is necessary for the team to include at least one journalist from the EU and one journalist from Ukraine. This condition is essential for fostering cross-border collaboration.
The maximum grant amount that can be requested by an applicant's team is €5,000. The stories should be produced within 3 to 6 months and published by at least one media outlet based in an EU country by November 2024.
The Europe-Ukraine Desk grants offer support for journalistic projects spanning various genres and formats: podcasts, features, documentaries, printed or online stories, books, comic strips, photos, and cross-media productions. Our programme focuses specifically on in-depth stories and high-impact reporting, as well as sustainable and scalable projects. Funding can be granted to both, short-term and long-term initiatives. It is important that all contributors involved in the final publication are appropriately credited.
Proposals will be reviewed at the end of each month (see the next deadline specified below), with applicants receiving notifications by the middle of the following month.
Upcoming deadline: December 13, 2023.
Notifications can be anticipated until January 5, 2024.
The grant does not cover the rent of office space, office supplies, or equipment purchases. Please be aware that only budget lines that are foreseeable and clearly explained will be considered for coverage. Avoid including vague entries such as “unforeseeable expenses” or “miscellaneous” in the budget.
Together with the application form, an applicant is supposed to describe the project and the production plan and upload:
While working on the budget, please break down all foreseeable expenses and provide as many financial details as possible. A budget table that is too general or superficial may have a negative impact on the assessment of your application.
A letter of commitment from a media outlet is not mandatory but can strengthen the application assessment. If included, the letter should be written on the media company's letterhead, containing contact information and the signature of the individual responsible. The letter should state that the news outlet intends to publish the story, provided it meets the outlet's expectations and standards. However, the agreement does not guarantee an absolute and irrevocable commitment to publish in case the material fails to meet the quality standards.
If you need help finding team members or media outlets for collaboration, or have any questions on cost coverage, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is advisable to reach out before submitting an application.
All information shared in the application will remain confidential to the jury and project team. The Europe-Ukraine Desk will not disclose any information to external individuals or entities and will solely use the data for grant decision-making purposes.