Kozik Grants for Environmental Justice Reporting 2022 (Up to $75,000)

Deadline: October 2, 2022

Applications are open for the Kozik Environmental Justice Reporting Grants 2022. The National Press Foundation and the National Press Club Journalism Institute will jointly award up to $75,000 in grants to journalists considering reporting on environmental justice.

Grants will be awarded to support journalism in any medium focused on environmental justice and environmental racism in the United States. This could include coverage of disproportionate damage caused by pollution to disadvantaged communities, the effects of climate change or other relevant topics. The Kozik Grants are funded by a 1991 gift from the late Dr. Franklin Kozik in honor of his late son, Robert.

To agree

  • Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000.


  • Open to professional and freelance journalists in the United States
  • Work must be published or broadcast, or an extension requested, by April 2, 2023, in media based in the United States.


  • Journalists must submit a one- to two-page proposal by October 2, 2022, explaining the project they wish to cover, a budget to explain the amount requested, and where the finished work is likely to appear. We seek to support people, their passion and their purpose, so please reflect this in your proposal.
  • Submit three samples of your work that you are most proud to have produced. The submitted work does not have to cover environmental justice; in your application, help the judges make the connection between the work you have done and the work you hope to do with these funds.
  • Newsroom reporters must submit a note of support from their supervisor. Freelance journalists must submit a note from an editor expressing interest in their work.
  • The judges will be professional journalists or former journalists familiar with environmental justice. Successful applicants will be notified on or about November 1, 2022.
  • Depending on the number of grant applicants and amounts requested, organizers may choose to distribute grants on an ongoing basis until all funds are distributed.
  • Half of each grant is paid when the grant is awarded. The last half will be paid when the finished work is completed.
  • The grant is intended to cover reporting, writing and travel costs for the project. For freelance journalists, part of the grant may also be used to cover living expenses.
  • If you are receiving support for this project from another grant or foundation, please include this information in your application.
  • Fellows will receive mentoring support coordinated by NPCJI, to be determined once selected, and will also have the opportunity to support each other as a cohort.

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For more information, visit Kozik Grants for Environmental Justice Reporting.

Elna M. Lemons