The grants are part of the inaugural Frank Allen Field Reporting Award, named after the institute's founder, who for more than fifteen years "led journalists on intense reporting expeditions throughout North America, introducing them to the people and places involved in important environment, natural resource, energy and development issues," states the website. Allen retired in 2012.
As many as eight awards will be given each year to "working journalists, including freelancers, who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the tenets of fairness, accuracy and journalistic integrity," states the website. "Applicants may not be lobbyists, public relations personnel or communications employees writing solely on behalf of an organization or corporation. Award recipients will agree in writing to provide IJNR with a brief progress report at a mutually specified time during the reporting process and a final report after publication." For more information or to apply for a grant click here.