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Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Women Journalists
for Investigative Reporting and Career Advancement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)

Deadline Date:

09/05/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants averaging $10,000 to USA, Canada, and international women journalists for projects that focus on media development initiatives, investigative reporting, and educational opportunities. The purpose of this fund is to advance the role of women in news media, promote transparency, and contribute to a diversity of voices.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. 

The fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues 
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives 
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers 
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities 
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173189

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant size is 10,000 USD. Projects requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis.

Term of Contract:

Projects pitched for this opportunity need to be completed and published/produced in under a year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
- Professional journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
- Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.
- Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

The Fund will not provide money to cover tuition expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Fund Timeline:
- January Funding Round: January 23 - March 9, 2019
- August Funding Round: August 1 - September 5, 2019

Funding rounds will open for applications two times each year; applications take approximately 8-10 weeks to process after the application closes at the end of August.

The second round of funding for 2019 will be open for online applications from August 1st until September 5th, 2019 11:59 PM EST.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications the Foundation cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on the website prior to beginning the application.

Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.


Grant Application Guide:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

International Women's Media Foundation
1625 K Street NW, Suite 1275
Washington, DC 20006, USA

(+1) 202-496-1992

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.