CLOSED – Investigative journalism reporting grants

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) in partnership with the Democratic Governance Facility is pleased to invite Ugandan journalists to apply for grants to support ambitious story projects that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to pull off.

Deadline for applications is 5 December 2020.

Since 2014, ACME has awarded reporting grants to more than 100 journalists. A selected sample of the media reports can be found here. For this round, ACME will award 12 reporting grants with winning proposals receiving up to Shs1,800,000 in financial support.

Print, broadcast, and online journalists across Uganda are welcome to apply.

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

Agriculture Business and economy Education Energy and extractives
Health Justice, law and order Land and property Local government
Public works and infrastructure Science and technology Water and environment Elections

Upon selection by an independent panel, grantees will be invited to attend a mandatory one-day induction seminar during which they will work with ACME to refine their story ideas and receive coaching support.

Each journalist who receives a grant will be expected to produce and broadcast/publish the proposed in-depth story within 10 weeks from receipt.


How to apply

  • Complete the application form in full online.
  • All applications must contain an official letter of editorial support and three story samples.

Key things to keep in mind

  • The deadline for application is 5 December 2020
  • Number of grants available — 12

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 is detailed, well-researched, strongly argued and meticulously presented


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 his or her work samples, and evidence of support from the applicant’s editor.


For inquiries, write to ACME’s training and grants department at


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