For the purpose of this programme, we deem an opinion-forming media organisation to be a news or broader journalism organisation with a track record of accurate, in-depth, fair and responsible reporting, publishing content online, in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and/or radio, which:

  • serve audiences at a metropolitan, national or international level, 
  • engage large audiences and/or decision makers,
  • sustain investigative and/or sector-specific reporting in relevant areas such as development journalism, global health, global development, foreign policy, foreign trade and investment or political communication.

Development journalism is the production and distribution of vital information that attempts to document the socio-economic conditions within disadvantaged societies, so that larger and global audiences understand them. Development journalism is produced, at its core, either from or with the perspective of those most affected, and tries to analyse whether efforts to address those conditions are effective or not, reporting on the solutions as well as the problems.  

Global health is the area for study, research, and practice on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. It addresses health problems that are beyond the capacity of individual countries and domestic institutions, and recognises that health is determined by problems and solutions that transcend national boundaries. 

Global development is a broad concept that defines areas of work that advance the economic development and poverty reduction of disadvantaged regions (according to a variety of data including, but not limited to, per-capita income, gross domestic product, literacy, maternal survival rates, life expectancy) to empower people to improve their well-being and address the causes and effects of poverty. Where humanitarian aid and disaster relief are meant to provide short-term fixes to emergencies, global development is meant to be long-term and sustainable.

Your organisation – regardless if you are applying as an individual organisation or part of a consortium – must be based in and/or have significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following target countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom

Yes, your project or individual stories within the project can also be published by/ distributed to other types of media organisations (‘secondary outlets’) and in other countries after it/they have been published by the eligible primary outlet as described in points 1 and 5 above.

Coverage about the topic(s) in your project/ individual published stories should not merely investigate or call out what the problems are, but should examine, through rigorous and evidence-based reporting, what is or could be a response to the problems. 

For the purpose of this programme, we define solutions journalism as a practice that investigates and explains, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people try to solve widely shared problems. In addition, any story should include the Four Pillars of solutions journalism: Response, Insight, Evidence, Limitations

All funded organisations (or in the case of a consortium, the ‘lead applicant’ as a minimum) will participate in the Accelerator in a cohort, which includes full commitment to the mentorship and coaching activities, as well as the funding. 


The EJC knows from our years of experience of running these types of programmes that organisations and journalists benefit more significantly from grant funding, and for longer term, when they have access to bespoke mentoring and coaching alongside the funding.  

If your organisation is the lead applicant: You can submit only one application regardless if you are an individual organisation or leading a consortium.

If your organisation is part of a consortium (where the other organisation is the lead applicant): Your organisation can be part of any number of applications.  

There will be two rounds of grant funding. A second Call for Applications will be announced in the beginning of 2023.

Applications will undergo an initial pre-screening to review basic eligibility and application requirements, and applicants may be asked during this phase to supply additional information. Applications that do not meet basic requirements will not be further evaluated. Тhis pre-screening will be done by experts from the European Journalism Centre.

The assessment of applications and shortlisting for funding will be done by an external independent jury, on the basis of the best/ most compelling match to the selection criteria, as stated in the Call for Applications document .The jury will include individuals with a deep understanding of the global challenges facing independent, solutions-oriented and development journalism.

The EJC will administer grant awards independently from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The target countries are, in other words, the (development aid) donor countries – being UK, France and Germany for the purpose of this programme. 

As indicated in the notes for this question in the application form: “In other words, how will you know that your project, in the short term, has achieved its aims? If your application is successful, you will be required to provide more specific metrics and ‘real world’ measures of impact via formal reporting.” It may also be useful for you to look up online ‘SMART objectives’ to understand more about how to indicate quantifiable (qualitative or quantitative) metrics.