Grants offered for in-depth election reporting

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INTERNEWS PHILIPPINES is issuing grants for in-depth reportage on the upcoming Philippine national elections.

 In a December 13, 2021 release, the media advocacy group announced its call for story applications that draw attention to topics such as voter education, voter suppressions, and disinformation. 

10 grants  of USD 1,500 each will be given Filipino journalists, who will  report on “underreported narratives relevant to vulnerable and marginalized communities.”  The grant amount can go up to USD 3,000 for stories that require “collaborative work and innovative approaches.”


Applications are open to Filipino journalists from “all types of media organizations – international, national, local.” Practitioners in both print and digital media are eligible. 

Interested applicants must include a proposal  following a prescribed template

The reports can be written in any major Philippine language, with the condition that there are English translations included in the story.

The stories must cover the election period from January 9, 2022 to June 8, 2022, and released up to June 30, 2022. 

Criteria and application process

Internews advised candidates to consider the following criteria in their pitches: Relevance, angle, impact, and innovative storytelling.

In addition, candidates must prepare an application written in English and must include the following:

  • A story pitch explained in no more than 500 words.
  • A budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. (Please download and use the budget template here.)
  • A compelling distribution plan, which includes letter(s) of interest from editor(s), publisher(s), or producer(s) as well as a report on the reach and analytics of the story published or produced.
  • Three samples of stories or links to relevant work.
  • A copy of their curriculum vitae and contact information (name, email, mobile number).

Requirements must be sent on or before January 14, 2022 to Kathryn Raymundo ([email protected]).