Funding Opportunity: Grant for Content Production and Distribution of Information to Build Awareness about Renewable Energy in India by Earth Journalism Network

About the Organization

Internews initially developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in 2004 to enable journalists from low- and middle-income countries to cover the environment more effectively. We are now a truly global network working with reporters and media outlets in virtually every region of the world. In our mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental reporting, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of issues, develops innovative online environmental news sites and produces content for local media – including ground-breaking investigative reports. We also establish networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don’t exist and build their capacity where they do. We do so through workshops and the development of training materials and by offering Fellowship programs, grants to media organizations, story stipends, and support for story production and distribution. Watch the video above to learn more about our work.

About the Grant

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is seeking to boost content production and distribution of information to build awareness about renewable energy in India, with a focus on Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. EJN will support the production of in-depth content on the subject, with the aim of improving access to quality information and raising awareness among policymakers, project developers, investors and observers.

Renewable Energy (RE) projects have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing global economic downturn. Challenges related to project financing, payment, regulations and evacuation infrastructure have added to the worries of RE developers. Still, the long-term prospects remain bright, as India seeks to install 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.

To improve public awareness about this issue, we are looking to provide fellowships to produce in-depth content on policy, financing, payment and infrastructure hurdles — and on effective strategies and solutions to overcome them.

Content themes –

As noted above, we welcome proposals that focus on policy, financing, payment and infrastructure hurdles — and effective strategies and solutions to overcome them.

We aim to support the development, production and publication of reports that raise awareness about the status of the renewable energy sector and strategies to ensure its growth in India, especially in Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. 

Proposals that focus on topics that have not been widely covered are preferred. Issues that have already received a lot of coverage or don’t provide unique angles to challenges are less likely to be selected.


Proposals from all states in India are eligible, but proposals that shed light on the RE situation in Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh will be prioritized.

Groups of content producers are eligible. However, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant. Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and receiving funds as remuneration on the group’s behalf, if awarded.

For the purposes of this opportunity, we will be accepting applications in English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.

Applications are open to India-based content producers (online, print, television, radio) and other experts with a demonstrated interest in covering the RE sector. We will give preference to those who regularly cover economy, business and energy beats. To ensure equal opportunities and diversity of voices, we especially encourage applications from women, youth, and members of Indigenous communities.

We are seeking applications from freelancers and staff from all types of outlets — international, national, local and community-based.

EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.

Grant Size

EJN will provide support, by way of remuneration, of approximately Rs 90,000 to each selected applicant, depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for in-depth and data-driven content using innovative and investigative approaches that may be more costly to produce. Upon confirmation, the applicant will be required to execute the required fellowship agreement with EJN for creation, development and publication of the content on the stated issue(s).

How to Apply

Deadline: 12 May 2023, 01:29 PM, Asia/Kolkata IST.

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