Grants Available to Investigate Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Europe


EJN, Europe

Rhino-horn products seized by Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department / Credit: Flickr U.S. GAO

The Earth Journalism Network is offering grants to support a new round of stories focused on monitoring and investigating the illegal wildlife trade in Europe.

We're calling for applications from investigative journalists with prior experience covering wildlife crime. Typical grant sizes we award for this project are in the range of $4,000 - $6,000, with the maximum amount awarded in special cases being $10,000.

These stories will be part of EJN's Investigating Wildlife Trafficking project, which receives funding from the Oak Foundation. The project aims to expose wildlife smuggling networks and explain how they work. It will also highlight the impact this type of criminal activity has on society. 

Current project grantees have already produced several in-depth stories and are pursuing cross-border investigations. One such investigation into illegal tiger breeding farms in the Czech Republic was published in the Guardian last year, garnering widespread attention on social media and setting off a larger debate about captive animal breeding.

EJN is also partnering to cover this topic with South Africa-based Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, which has developed a digital geojournalism tool called #WildEye that maps and tracks publicly available data on law enforcement interventions across greater Europe. The open-source tool includes information on seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions related to the wildlife trade and is available for use by journalists, policymakers and the general public. 

If you have a story idea and are interested in applying for funding, please email [email protected] (Subject: Trafficking) for more information.