The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute is dedicated to improving the scope and overall quality of investigative reporting in the independent press and beyond. The fund incubates and supports important investigative stories with the potential for social impact, particularly on issues that may be bypassed by the mainstream media. It does this by providing reporters with editorial guidance, institutional support, and grants to cover the research costs associated with investigative journalism.
Through its Puffin Foundation Investigative Fund, the Investigative Fund supports investigative journalism in the independent media that seeks to highlight voices and stories ignored or marginalized by mainstream outlets. Reporters publish their findings in a variety of print, broadcast and electronic outlets. The fund's editors commission stories from its reporting fellows and accept proposals from freelance reporters. Freelance reporters may query the fund directly. Assigning editors at media outlets may also query us on behalf of reporters.
See the Investigative Fund website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.