MENA Investigative Fund

There is a pressing need for quality investigative journalism from, for, and about the Arab region. The MENA-IF supports a new generation of digital investigative journalists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by providing micro-grants for investigative work across all media. The fund is project-based, supporting investigative journalism that looks deeper into the region as a whole, how it connects, and the global impacts of events since the 2011 uprisings until today.

Following four years of work with citizen journalists, activists, and fact-checking groups across the MENA region, in a context of rapid political change, it has become very apparent that there is a need for a shield fund to support work that is being actively suppressed by governments in the region. We have seen a tendency for foreign NGOs to support initiatives that are well-intentioned and potentially valuable but directed by the NGO’s goals. Therefore, this fund has been developed in consultation with MENA-based organisations, guided by their own assessment of their current needs, and to provide micro-grants to extend their current work. If we want to see good investigative journalism, someone needs to fund it.

The fund was launched in 2017 with support for investigations by the following partners from across the MENA region:

Logos for Syrian Archive, Beirut Report, SMEX Social Media Exchange
MENA IF Funding Diagram

Apply for a micro grant

We invite proposals for investigative projects from and about the MENA region, including (but not limited to):

  • Long form journalism
  • Multimedia work
  • Feature-length films
  • Short films
  • Podcasts
  • Documentary photography

We will support investigative reporting from across the MENA region, and will not be limited to individual freelance journalists: journalism students, groups, and small groups. Funds will distributed on a case-by-case basis, and there is no deadline to apply.

For applications sensitive in nature, please contact us securely with end-to-end encryption on If you don’t have a secure email account already set up you can use ProtonMail to do so. Otherwise please use the webform here:

Make a pledge to support the MENA Investigative Fund

Contact us to discuss how you can help support autonamous investigative journalism in the MENA region. We welcome one-off or ongoing donations from individuals and organisations around the world.

Support the MENA Investigative Fund with skills and resources

Can you offer in-kind or pro-bono support? Are you able to donate equipment, offer training or web hosting, or provide legal services?

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