International Women’s Media Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

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.” IWMF created the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists after receiving a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The fund supports “educational opportunities, investigative reporting, and media development initiatives.” Grantmaking focuses on funding stories that are largely underreported, but globally significant.

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 round 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 female journalists financial support during times of crisis. Finally, the foundation runs a small grant program for underreported international women’s stories 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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