Rainforests play a crucial role in maintaining biodiversity, regulating climate, and sustaining Indigenous communities. Rainforest reporting helps raise awareness about the importance of these ecosystems and the threats they face.

The Rainforest Reporting Grant supports and builds capacity for quality, independent journalism in three key regions: the Amazon, the Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia.

This grant is an evolution of the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF), which was launched in 2018. Over 5 years, RJF has supported more than 300 projects and 600 journalists who produced 1,700 reports. Their impacts range from: a sanction against corporate mining activities, a policy revision on a government agriculture program in Indonesia, and international attention to widespread illegal wildlife trades.

Read more about RJF’s background and achievements here.

Through the Rainforest Reporting grant, the Pulitzer Center continues to provide short-term project support to journalists reporting in rainforests, but seeks more ambitious proposals: larger in scale, and collaborative and innovative in approaches.

The initiative will continue to provide resources and capacity to journalists through selective training and networking opportunities with other Pulitzer Center’s grantees and Fellows. The Rainforest Reporting grant is supported by the Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)

HOW IT WORKS

The Rainforest Reporting Grant supports journalists, staff and freelancers, to report on key rainforest issues in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia. Applications for regional and international projects are reviewed by editors who are experts on the issues and regions. Journalists can submit applications in five languages (English, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese and Spanish) and can produce reports in these or other languages.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

The Rainforest Reporting grant funds costs associated with reporting projects on rainforests, with an emphasis on unreported or under-reported issues in the regions and how they connect to a global scale. The amount of individual grants will depend on the project and detailed budget planning, such as travel cost, fees for local reporting partners, translation and related costs. Most grants fall in the range of $8,000 to $15,000 but depending on project specifics, such as expenses for technology or consultancy, these rates may be higher.

Proposals should include detailed distribution plans and letters of commitment from outlets where the stories will be published. The Pulitzer Center also encourages creative forms of content distribution and audience engagement beyond story publication. If you have ideas and strategies for engaging diverse audiences with your project, please include them in our proposal submission form.

On approved projects, half of the grant amount is paid upon the signing of contract and the remainder on submission of the main material agreed for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process. Learn more about how to submit a successful Pulitzer Center proposal here.