Microgrants & Mentoring

To support the development of solutions journalism in Central Europe, Transitions, in cooperation with local partners, regularly opens microgrant calls in the countries of the region. This support is designed for journalists (including freelancers) who want to do rigorous reporting and bring inspiration from other places that are facing similar social challenges to their communities to help them respond to their problems. In addition to financial support, we also offer mentoring during the entire production of the article to achieve the highest possible quality. Participation in a practical SJ training or watching the SJ introductory webinar in English or in Russian is highly recommended to applicants.

Calls for pitches:

Transitions is announcing a call for microgrants for journalists interested in developing solutions journalism stories from Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to financial support, we are also offering mentoring during the entire production of the article to achieve the highest possible quality. For more information regarding submitting your solutions journalism pitches and applying for a microgrant, please see the call for application page.

Previous calls for pitches:


2020 and earlier

The proposal must meet the basic criteria of solutions journalism:

The following factors will be taken into account when assessing the application:


Candidates can apply for support for individual projects through an application form that will be available when calls for proposals are announced for particular countries.

Each request will be assessed by a jury made up of representatives of Transitions and the local partner in the particular country. This jury will select and announce the winning candidates. The grant recipients will have three months to publish their work.

After publishing the story, the grantee is required to submit a report of a minimum of 4,000 characters on his/her practical experience with the use of solutions journalism and to agree that Transitions and/or SJN may use all or parts of the final report for promotional or training purposes.

Each published story must include the following statement: “Report / contribution / article was produced with the support of the Transitions solutions journalism program.”

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