Britain is following the lead of the United States in establishing an independent investigative journalism fund.
A number of prominent British journalists have banded together to create The Investigations Fund, supporting public interest journalism. Its mission: “to support the sort of investigation of grass root stories and services that is dying by the minute as local newspapers are hit hard; and to support those many stories of vital public interest in Britain that have an important international connection, particularly in the developing world, but where the costs of chasing down the truth may seem prohibitively high.”
The Potter Foundation in Britain has provided two million pounds to create a bureau of investigative journalism in connection with the initiative. See story in the Guardian.