Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Deadline: Rolling.

Deadline: Rolling.

The Fund for Women Journalists accepts applications on a rolling basis.Apply now!

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

The Fund is designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is open to women and nonbinary journalists of any nationality.
  • Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets.
  • We accept applications from teams of journalists; however, the application must be led and submitted by a woman or nonbinary journalist, and the team must include at least 50% women.
  • Due to staff capacity, applications are only accepted in English (preferred) or Spanish, but reporting may be published in any language.

Types of projects and opportunities supported by the fund.

Applicants may apply for one of two different types of funding:

  • Reporting projects
  • Professional development opportunities.
Reporting projects includes

Journalistic work in any media format, including but not limited to print, digital, video, photography and new media.

The Fund for Women Journalists will prioritize reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance.

Professional development opportunities can include:

Security training,conferences, workshops and media development initiatives such as technical skills-building training.


  • We encourage skills-building applicants who are pitching media development initiatives to include an element of mentorship in their proposal.
  • We encourage applicants to consider a one-year timeline or less for completion and publication of their project
  • Please note the average grant size is 10,000 USD. Projects with timelines longer than one year or requesting grants over $10,000 will be considered on a limited basis. 
  • Projects pitched for this opportunity need to be completed and published/produced in under a year.
  • All applications must include a detailed preliminary budget and timeline.

Note:There are certain requests that the Fund selection committee will not consider. The Fund will not provide money to cover tuition expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Requests for assistance with equipment considered on a limited basis.


Approximately $230,000 dispersed each year.

Grant sizes will depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget.

Selection criteria

Applications may take up to 6 weeks to process. Please note that applications submitted after June 30, 2022, will receive a response in September 2022.

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