2020 Money Trail Grants for African, Asian and European Journalists

Money Trail, offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole. This working grants project is part of a larger Money Trail project. (formerly known as Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek) is an independent non‐profit organisation established in 1998 with the purpose of stimulating in-depth cross-border journalism in Europe. is dedicated to advancing independent and in-depth journalism across Europe that ultimately serves the public interest, furthers accountability as well as transparency and contributes to critical thinking and well-informed debate. They administer grants to foster exemplary in-depth journalism throughout Europe and to promote journalistic innovation.’s flexible grants programmes enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mindset from international, national, and regional perspectives. always upholds its grantees’ editorial independence and strives for high journalistic quality and rigour. Where necessary, mentors and provides technical support to investigative teams that have strong ideas but lack experience and infrastructure for collaborating across borders. Moreover, coordinated and hosted an annual gathering of European investigative and data journalists, the European Investigative Journalism Conference – Dataharvest from 2010 until 2018. At this conference, journalists, data collectors, and other stakeholders from all over Europe network and generate ideas that often lead to new stories and collaborative projects. After incubating the conference for 8 years, decided to make it a stand-alone venture.

They serve the European community of journalists interested in developing best practice in journalism. Its overall objective is to promote and improve the profession in response to the challenges and opportunities stemming from internationalisation, digitalisation, and changing revenue models. Their activities are made possible through the support it receives from public, private, and corporate funders. It extends its gratitude for the generous and consistent support it has received from the Adessium Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Flemish Government.




The total available amount per application round is around 50,000 Euro: this amount is distributed among different projects.


  • In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, you must upload the commitment of publication from relevant media organizations.
  • Open to intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia, and Europe;
  • Regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia;
  • Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story – where the money trail leads to a tax haven – can be accepted;
  • European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist;
  • Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia must collaborate with local journalists.

Eligible Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe


  • Apply through the given link.
  • Deadlines:
    • 15 June 2020, 4.00 p.m. CET
    • 14 September 2020, 4.00 p.m. CET

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Application Deadline: September 14, 2020 (4 Days Remaining)


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