International Women’s Media Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The International Women’s Media Foundation awards grants to female journalists working on issues that are largely underreported but globally significant.

IP TAKE: This funder supports female journalists working in all media formats including photography, filmmaking and television.

PROFILE: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) was established in 1990 by a group of prominent female journalists. The foundation’s mission is to “unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media.”

IWMF operates a few grant programs aimed at women journalists. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists was established at IWMF with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Two types of grants are available through this program. Reporting projects grants cover journalistic work in any media format. The focus is on stories that are largely underreported but globally significant. Professional development grants are awarded for related activities and can include things like workshops, skills-building classes and mentorships.

Female journalists located anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for this grant. Teams of journalists are also eligible to apply, as long as the team is comprised of at least 50 percent women. The average grant size for the Buffett award is around $10,000. IWMF has two funding rounds each year, with deadlines for submissions falling in January and June.  

Explore the foundation’s Women Journalist Grantees list to learn more about past Buffett awardees.

IWMF also operates an emergency fund that provides financial support to female journalists during times of crisis. Finally, the foundation runs a small grant program for underreported international women’s stories that focuses on “secularism’s role globally, and challenges faced by women in a non-secular world.” Grant amounts for this program average around $5,000.

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