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PITCH PORTAL

Welcome to EHRP’s new pitch portal! The Economic Hardship Reporting Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that produces compelling journalism on economic inequality in America. We give grants to independent journalists reporting on issues related to poverty, economic class, workers’ rights, and income disparity in the U.S., and co-publish their work in partnership with major media outlets. Many of our contributors are journalists struggling to financially sustain themselves in the increasingly low-paying media industry. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Before applying for a grant, please read our submission guidelines.

Select this option if you are a journalist seeking grant funding for a news story, narrative feature, investigative report, documentary, nonfiction comic or illustrated work, photo essay, podcast or radio feature.

Multiple factors determine the size of grants we offer, including but not limited to the size of the outlet, the difficulty of reporting involved, the quality of writing, the journalist’s experience and their prior relationship with EHRP. We are currently distributing small grants that are not intended to cover their entire cost of these projects. Our typical grant amounts are as follows:

  • News stories, $800–1,500
  • Narrative features, $1–1.25/word, capped at $2,500
  • Investigative reports, $1–1.25/word, capped at $2,500
  • Documentaries:
    • Because of the size of these projects, we tend to only partially fund them on a small scale, typically supporting short documentaries up to $5,000.
    • In lieu of a grant, we occasionally collaborate on documentaries, contributing our resources and network.
    • We are not currently supporting feature films, but would like to do so again should our funding permit.
  • Smaller nonfiction comics or illustrated works can receive $500–1,000; larger projects are capped at $2,500.
  • Photo essays, $500 a day, typically capped at five days.
  • Audio projects:
    • Because of the size of these projects, we tend to only partially fund them on a small scale. Rates are typically $1,500–4,000.
    • In lieu of a grant, we occasionally collaborate on podcasts, contributing our resources and network.

Select this option if you are a journalist seeking grant funding for a book project.

Our book grants range from $1,000–5,000.

Select this option if you are a journalist seeking grant funding for a completed or close-to-completed personal essay or op-ed.

Our grants for personal essays range from $750–1,500, depending on your experience and the amount of reporting involved. First-time contributors to EHRP typically receive $750.

Select this option if you are a journalist seeking grant funding for project-related travel.

These grants help cover the cost of certain travel expenses related to a reporting trip, such as flights, hotels, mileage or rental cars. At the moment these grants are capped at $2,000.

Select this option if you represent a publication or organization that is interested in collaborating with EHRP on a larger co-publishing project such as developing a podcast, producing a larger series, co-hosting events or something else.

We are not accepting applications at the moment.

Select this option if you are an experienced fact-checker interested in freelancing with EHRP.

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