Journalism Grants


As the economy changes in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, we need in-depth reporting from journalists more than ever.

In the midst of an unprecedented crisis, the need to examine the massive impact and the root causes of the precarity and inequality that exacerbated the financial pain being felt by millions of Americans is crucial to both inform the public and policymakers. At the same time, the economic toll has hit newsrooms and media outlet budgets swiftly, leaving fewer professionals to cover these critical stories. Economic Security Project is providing reporting grants to journalists who are interested in covering our new and evolving economy – from the need to include marginalized groups in stimulus aid to examining the impact of the crisis on supply chains and market concentration. Applications are open and will be accepted on a rolling basis through 2020. 

Economic Security Project grants for individuals are designed to allow them to report, pitch and place a single story to a media outlet. We’re open to the structure and medium, but primarily envision print pieces in the 1,500-3,000 word range, with above market rate compensation per piece. Journalists will retain all rights to their work, and will have full editorial control. Our communications team of former journalists will be available as thought partners and collaborators on an as-needed basis, and we’d facilitate intros if desired to our network of experts across the big economic issues of our times: guaranteed income, corporate concentration, poverty, taxes, inequality, the racial and gender pay gap.

If you are a journalist with a compelling idea, we want to hear from you. Email us at with your pitch and/or questions.

Past Grants

How Hospital Monopolies Broke the Health Care System

Susie Cagle • December 12
The Nation
Corporate consolidation has left the US with a health care system built for profit, not people.

What it’s like for pregnant essential workers in the pandemic

Bryce Covert • June 15
Across the country, pregnant workers are worried about protections and fighting for their rights.

The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable

Maeve Higgins • April 27
The New York Review of Books
While corporations are going on life support thanks to this huge government bailout, undocumented immigrants and their families, among them US citizens, are being allowed to suffer, to starve, and, without access to health care, perhaps even to die.

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