Apply today for our new round of journalism reporting grants

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to invite Ugandan journalists to apply for the fourth round of grants to support ambitious story projects that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to pull off.

Since 2014, ACME has awarded grants to 75 winners. Print, electronic, photography and online journalists across Uganda are therefore encouraged to apply.

Story proposals should fall under at least one of the 12 priority areas below:

Themes of focus

Agriculture  Energy, oil, gas and mining Parliament Health
Justice, law and order Land and property rights Education Local Government
Business, Finance and Economics Transport infrastructure and public works Science and technology Water and environment

Upon selection, all grantees MUST attend a one-day induction seminar during which they will work with ACME to refine their story ideas and reporting approaches as well as be informed on the accounting requirements related to the grant.

Each journalist who receives a grant will be expected to produce and broadcast/publish the proposed in-depth story within six weeks from receipt of the money. Each reporting project will be supported with up to Shs1,850,000/=

How to apply

  1. Download, complete and send the application form to
  2. Or complete, print and bring the application form to our offices in Bunga-Soya, off Ggaba Road
  3. Ask your editor to write a letter supporting your application and send it to

Key things to keep in mind

The deadline for application is 12 February 2016

Both online and downloadable application forms require the following information:

  • Your bio data, contact details, details of your media house, editorial supervisor’s details
  • Brief professional background
  • A story pitch that includes the following:
    • A working headline for your idea
    • Key issues to be explored/investigated
    • Why the story matters
    • Sources and information resources to be used
    • A summarised break-down of reporting costs i.e. budget
  • Work samples that demonstrate your ability to pull off an in-depth reporting project
  • Statement of support from your editor

Selection criteria

These grants are intended for journalists with demonstrated ability to pursue and accomplish ambitious reporting projects.

Applications will be judged based on the quality of the story pitch, the applicant’s journalism skills as indicated by their work samples, and evidence of support from the applicant’s editor.

For inquiries, call Paul Kimumwe on 0712 666 933 or email:


  1. am trying to look for the application form for the media grants but i think am failing to locate it
    please help

  2. I am a journalist based in Akwa Ibom State of the Niger Delta, Nigeria. A member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council. I am interested in the oil and gas training, workshop, seminar etc for Journalists.
    Kindly get me informed whenever there is any of such training.
    Thank you.
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