2016 Grant Application Guide
An applicant must be a woman journalist. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.
About the Fund
The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is an incredible resource for talented reporters and will make a real difference in the field of journalism. Beginning in 2015 and continuing for the next ten years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.
The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world 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 critical skills training and leadership opportunities
Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so
A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, and IWMF supporters will select grantees. Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a disbursement of funds timeline that best suits the project.
2016 Fund Timeline
January 12 – February 17, 2016
Applicants will be notified of their status approximately 8 weeks after the submission deadline
IWMF will work with grantees to distribute funds in a manner that best suits their project
May 31 – July 1, 2016
* There will be two rounds of general grant funding in 2016.
Potential grantees can access the application online during an open funding round at iwmf.org. This guide and the fund FAQs (frequently asked questions) will help applicants navigate the process.
Before beginning a grant application, applicants should review the IWMF’s mission and initiatives. In addition to providing an overview of the Foundation’s goals, these materials will give applicants a better sense of the projects IWMF supports.
Applying for a Grant
Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):
1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
2. Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
3. If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
4. Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
5. Estimated budget and time frame
Additional Application Information
The IWMF uses an online application system called Submittable for applicants to submit proposals. A link to the online application system for the January 2016 application round is available here:
A link to the online Submittable system will be available through the IWMF’s website for future funding rounds prior the opening of each round.
In order to begin an application in Submittable, you are required to create a username and password through Submittable’s online system. The system allows applicants to log-in and save work before creating a final submission.
Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail once a completed grant proposal has been submitted.
All grantees will be notified once the winners of each round have been selected. Please follow us through social media for updates throughout each application round.
Applicants and grantees retain their intellectual property rights throughout their relationship with the IWMF.
Due to a high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on individual proposals.
Grantees are notified by the IWMF staff approximately 8 weeks after the close of the application process.
In order to accept the funds, grantees must countersign a grant agreement letter that details the project, budget, and timeline.
Grantees are required to report back to the IWMF periodically and will work with an IWMF Program Officer to determine a succinct method of grant reporting.
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