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Howard Buffett Fund at IWMF in USA 2021

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) in the United States is welcoming applications for the Howard Buffett Fund for Women Journalists globally in 2021.

The Howard Buffett Fund is intended to support women journalists in their projects and endeavours. Potential projects consist of exposing underreported but serious global issues; challenging conventional media narratives; building field-based expertise and strengthening careers; pursuing training and leadership chances; and starting entrepreneurial news projects or gaining the skill to do so.

The IWMF’s Howard Buffett Fund for Women Journalists backs the production of impressive projects and underreported, globally crucial stories. For the following eight years, the IWMF will make a yearly total of $230,000 worth of awards to assist women journalists in their projects and endeavours. The grant is not restricted in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants bestowed within the yearly total.

Candidates for the Howard Buffett Fund may apply for one of two various types of funding: reporting projects or professional development prospects. Reporting projects comprise journalistic work in any media format, comprising but not restricted to print, video, digital, photography and new media. The Fund for Women Journalists will give priority to reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global import.

Worth of Award

Around $230,000 will be disbursed every year. Award sizes will be based on the proposal and the inclusion of a comprehensive budget.

Eligibility for Howard Buffett Fund at IWMF

The following are qualified to apply for the grants;

  • Women journalists from anywhere around the world are qualified to apply.
  • Candidates have to identify as women.
  • Practicing journalism has to be the candidate’s primary profession.
  • Candidates should have three or more years of post-graduate professional journalism experience.
  • Groups of journalists may apply, but, the submission has to be from a woman journalist and her team should include minimum of 50% women.
  • Special attention will be afforded to freelance journalists.

How to Apply for Howard Buffett Fund at IWMF

Candidates for the Howard Buffett Fund at IWMF have to be ready to provide the following information (in English):

  • Contact details and Resume/CV
  • Brief explanation of the project or opportunity you are hoping to have funded
  • If applicable, a list of any other group members or candidates
  • Explanation of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is structured to address
  • Projected budget and time frame

Additional Application Information

The IWMF makes use of an online application system called Submittable for candidates to submit proposals.

A link to the online Submittable system is obtainable on the IWMF’s website.

So as to start an application in Submittable, you are expected to create a username and password via Submittable’s online system. The system permits candidates to log-in and save work prior to creating a final submission.

Candidates will get a confirmation e-mail once a finished grant proposal has been submitted.

Candidates will be notified when the committee decides on your application.

Candidates and awardees retain their intellectual property rights for the entire duration of their relationship with the IWMF.

Due to a high quantity of applications, they can only provide limited feedback on individual proposals.

Grant Recipients

Awardees are contacted by the IWMF staff about 3 weeks after the close of the application procedure.

To accept the funds, awardees are required to sign a grant agreement letter that specifies the project, budget, and timeline.

Awardees are expected to report back to the IWMF from time to time and will work with an IWMF Program Manager and Program Assistant to determine a concise method of grant reporting.

Please be aware that Potential awardees can have access to the application online during an open funding round at iwmf.org. This guide and the fund FAQs (frequently asked questions) will assist candidates go through the process. Prior to starting a grant application, candidates should go through the IWMF’s mission and initiatives. Along with offering an overview of the Foundation’s objectives, these materials will give candidates a better sense of the projects IWMF supports.

Application Deadline: Application is accepted on a rolling.

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