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The Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being

Program Description: 

The Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being will provide reporting grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 to five to seven National Health Journalism Fellows to undertake ambitious investigative or explanatory journalism projects on vulnerable children and their families and disadvantaged youth. The Fund is supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Fund supports projects that explore child welfare, juvenile justice and child health and well-being, including, but not limited to, the impact of chronic stress and childhood trauma on child development; juvenile justice; the intersection between partner violence and child abuse; childhood obesity; the role of policy in improving prospects for children; and innovative solutions to the challenges that children in underserved communities face.

Child Well-being Fund grantees are also National Fellows and attend the July 17-21 Fellowship sessions in Los Angeles, but receive the Child Well-being grant instead of the $2,000 stipend for National Fellows. Applicants who are not selected to receive a Child Well-being grant are eligible to be considered for the National Fellowship and National stipend.

Click here for an application and more details about what's required. The application form for the Child Well-being grants is the same as for the National Health Journalism Fellowship, although  a more detailed budget must be submitted. Only five to seven grants are awarded each year, so we urge applicants to indicate their willingness to be considered for the National Health Journalism Fellowship alone.  Please indicate in your Child Well-being grant proposal how it might differ if you only receive the $2,000 National Fellowship stipend. For more information, contact Martha Shirk at


Who Can Apply: 

This Fellowship and its grant competitions are open to professional journalists from print, broadcast, and online media throughout the United States, including freelancers. Applicants do not need to be full-time health reporters, but should have a demonstrated interest in health issues, broadly defined to include the health of communities. We prefer that applicants have a minimum of three years of professional experience; many have decades. Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals for collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets receive preference by our judges, as do projects produced for co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Freelancers who apply should earn the majority of their income from journalism. Applicants must be based in the United States. Students and interns are ineligible.

Competition for the Child Well-Being grants is strong. Applicants should expect a high level of scrutiny of their proposed projects and budgets and research them accordingly. Applicants should specify the size of the grant they are seeking and provide justification for the amount; however, the judges reserve the right to award a lesser amount than sought. Applicants for a Child Well-Being grant should indicate in their applications if they are willing to accept a National Fellowship ($2,000 stipend) if they are not selected for a Child Well-Being grant and how their projects would differ, given the reduced stipend.

One third of the amount of the grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining two-thirds to be paid upon publication or broadcast. The grant is taxable to the extent required by law. Stories must be published or broadcast within six months of attending the Fellowship.

Please contact us at if you have questions about your eligibility.


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