International Women’s Media Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The International Women’s Media Foundation seeks female journalists covering underreported matters that are globally significant.

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

PROFILE: A group of prominent journalists established the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) in 1990 to “unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media.” The fund supports “educational opportunities, investigative reporting, and media development initiatives.” Grantmaking focuses on funding courses, awards, fellowships and stories that focus on issues largely underreported, but globally significant.

The IWMF offers several, revolving grant and fellowship opportunities to support women storytellers. Key among them is the Fund for Women Journalists, which is 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 supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.” Funding rounds for this fund accept applications in January and July of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process.

The IWMF also operates an emergency fund that provides female journalists financial support during times of crisis. Additionally, the foundation provides several funds that memorialize brave women journalists who died in the field, such as the Kim Wall Memorial Fund and other awards. Several fellowships focused on Latin America also work to close the gender-gap there amongst women journalists permitting new narratives to develop. The Adelante program is made possible by a five-year, $5 million grant also from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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