CLOSED – Reporting health grants for Ugandan journalists

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to invite Ugandan journalists to apply for its reporting grants for in-depth and investigative coverage of health and HIV/AIDS.

With funding from the United States Mission in Uganda, ACME has, since 2017, trained more than 70 journalists from across the country under the Knowledge-Based Health Journalism in Uganda programme. The training aims at equipping journalists with skills and knowledge to engage in health journalism that informs and empowers the ordinary person to demand his or her rights and hold the powerful to account.

ACME is now calling for applications from journalists who underwent its reporting health training between 2017 and 2018. Up to Shs16,000,000 has been earmarked for ambitious health story projects that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to implement.

All grantees MUST attend a one-day seminar during which they will work with ACME mentors and lead health trainers to refine their story ideas and reporting approaches, as well as be briefed 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 Shs1,600,000. Please note that this is a competitive process and therefore you will need to give thought to the story idea you pitch in your application.

How to Apply

Interested journalists can download the application form here, complete and email it to under the subject line, Reporting Health Grants, 2018.

Who Can Apply

  • Journalists who took part in ACME’s reporting health and HIV/AIDS training between 2017 and 2018.

 Grants available: 10

Selection Criteria

Grants will be offered to journalists with the strongest applications. Applications will be judged 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.


Grace Natabaalo

Grace Natabaalo is a programme assistant at the African Centre for Media Excellence.


  1. Thank African Center For Media Excellence(ACME) for this opportunity. I never attended the training but i would like to apply since i am engaged in Health reporting as a freelance with Vision Group.
    Shall my application be considered?
    Regards to the team,

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