Following the selection of 15 winning projects under the IJ4EU fund’s new Freelancer Support Scheme, the awarded teams will take part in a half-day online networking event on September 7 at 10:00 CEST

Organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), which manages the Freelancer Support Scheme, the event marks the official start of the mentorship and training element of the grant. Successful teams will work with mentors over the next six months, in line with the specific needs of their teams and investigations. 

The format of the event will encourage active participation from both grantees and mentors, allowing them to get to know each other, align their mutual expectations and maximise the effectiveness of the programme.

In addition to presentations by grantees and discussions with mentors, Dutch data maestro Winny de Jong will conduct an interactive session on data journalism.

In 2021, the Freelancer Support Scheme will disburse €262,000, offering grants of up to €20,000 to journalistic teams of freelancers working on transnational subjects of public interest.

The scheme runs in parallel to IJ4EU’s Investigation Support Scheme, which offers grants of up to €50,000, but without the extra layer of mentoring.

A second call under the Investigation Support Scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is October 4 at 23:59 CEST.

There will be no further call for the Freelancer Support Scheme in 2021.

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