Facebook invests $3 million in new European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund - Apply for funding

The Facebook Journalism Project and European Journalism Centre Launch Fund to Support Local News Industry During Coronavirus Crisis.

Applications are now open for the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund. The deadline for submitting applications is 9am CEST, Friday, 24 April 2020.

Before applying, please review the FAQs and carefully read the full eligibility criteria in the Call for Applications document. If you have questions about applying to the Fund, you can join the Ask Me Anything session via Zoom at 3pm CEST, Tuesday 21 April.

The news industry is working under extraordinary conditions to keep people informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people turn to local journalists for critical information on how to keep their friends, families and communities safe, these journalists are hit especially hard in the current economic crisis.

Today the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC), a non-profit organisation with a history working with publishers across the continent, are announcing the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund to help journalists in Europe cover important stories when we all need them most.

EJC will direct emergency funds via the $3 million that Facebook is investing to small and mid-sized news organizations and journalists most in need in the hardest hit countries across Europe, in order to support their businesses and ongoing COVID-19 reporting in local communities.

The EJC will decide on who receives funding based on their set criteria and administer the grants independent of Facebook; grants are not dependent on the use of Facebook tools and products. EJC will offer engagement funds to support COVID-19 reporting, emergency funds to support businesses, and innovation funds to support collaboration and technical news organisation projects with the potential to scale.

Grants can be used for initiatives such as launching a dedicated COVID-19 newsletter, lifting a paywall, hiring more freelance journalists, or creating community groups, local-focused data reporting, online events – as well as basic continuation of work.

Call notice: https://www.facebook.com/journalismproject/programs/grants/coronavirus-european-news-support-fund

Application page: https://europeanjournalism.fund/apply