Reporting grants for Ugandan journalists

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

Deadline for applications has been set for 20 October 2017.

Since 2014, ACME has awarded reporting grants to over 100 journalists. A selected sample of the media reports can be found at here. For this round, ACME will award a total of 18 reporting grants with winning proposals receiving up to Shs. 1,500,000 in 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 is October 20 
  • Number of grants available – 18

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:

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