Deadline extended for public affairs reporting grant applications

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to invite Ugandan journalists to apply for the 5th, 6th and 7th round of grants to support ambitious story projects that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to pull off.

A new deadline for the 6th round of applications has been set for 18 March, 2017.

Since 2014, ACME has awarded reporting grants to 91 journalists. A selected sample of the media reports can be found at here. For the next period until December 2017, ACME will award a total of 60 reporting grants with winning proposals receiving up to Shs. 1,500,000/ financial support.

Print, broadcast and online journalists across Uganda are welcome 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 ten weeks from receipt of the money.

How to apply

  1. Download or complete online and send the application form to and
  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 for September in-take is 16 September, 2016
  • NEW deadline for March 2017 in-take – 18 March, 2017
  • Deadline for July 2017 in-take – 7 July, 2017
  • Number of grants per in-take – 20

The application form requires 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: Work samples that demonstrate your ability to pull off an in-depth reporting project, and a 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, write to Lynn Najjemba or email:

1 Comment

  1. After series of trying and failing, I guarantee myself a good luck this time and hope to make it. this is quite an interesting initiative especially for incapacitated journalists who intends a lot but are limited.

    Good deed ACME

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