Get up to $8,000 for Journalists in the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund 2020

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The fund will provide 

  • Grant fund ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. 
  • Afford Journalists and similar professionals the opportunity to disseminate facts. 


To be eligible to apply for this funding, applicants must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Be writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts. 


  • Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. 

However, submission of any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers is not required. 

  • National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage. 
  • Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues are encouraged. 

Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

  • Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: 
    • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. 
    • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
    • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
    • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. 
    • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools. 

Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. 

  • Grant Awardees may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time. Applicants are expected to estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating such content.
  • Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of a story. Award Recipients are urged to prioritize their health and that of the communities in which they work. 

Adhere to local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in respective regions. 

  • All reporting must be factual and accurate.

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Application Instructions

All application materials must be in English. 

About the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

Launched off the need to ensure the circulation of factual and accurate news for the safety of everyone in a pandemic, the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists aims to utilize journalism as a support system for communities around the globe. 

The scheme will ensure the proper circulation of critical data necessary to keep people safe and informed. 

The National Geographic Society COVID-19 emergency fund is for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities, with particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a lack of evidence-based information getting to those who need it.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is November 15th, 2020. 

Ideally the project start date is six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.

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