Investigative Fund Invites Grant Applications for Political News Stories

As a program of the Nation Institute, the Investigative Fund seeks to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable,  brings underreported stories to light, and serves the public.

As part of that mission, the fund is accepting applications for its Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund.

Investigative journalist Wayne Barrett spent much of his forty-year reporting career at the Village Voice, where he became, in the words of the Washington Post, "dreaded if not loathed" for his relentless exposure of such major political figures as Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump. Within days of being laid off by the paper during a period of financial struggle, he became a fellow at the Nation Institute, home to several other Village Voice alum.

To honor Barrett's legacy, the institute has launched the Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund to support ambitious reporting projects focused on politics and corruption in both New York City and on the national stage.

Projects that build on Barrett’s previous reporting are particularly encouraged. The fund is designed to enable talented journalists working in print or on digital or broadcast platforms to produce deeply reported investigative projects with strong editorial guidance and support. Awards will range between $5,000 and $15,000.

See the Investigative Fund website for program guidelines and application instructions.