Международная сеть проверки фактов запускает программу грантов

Члены организации CoronaVirusFacts Alliance и фактчекинговых организаций, подписавших Кодекс принципов IFCN, могут подать заявки.

Международная сеть проверки фактов International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) и WhatsApp организуют программу грантов на освещение тем, связанных с вакцинацией (Vaccine Grant Program). Цель программы – остановить поток дезинформации о вакцинах от COVID-19.

Инициатива предлагает гранты размером до 100 000 долларов США на поддержку редакционных проектов, а также проектов в области медиаграмотности, технологий, новых форматов и распространения контента.

Проекты должны быть запущены не позднее 31 мая и продолжаться не более шести месяцев.

Заявки принимаются до 22 марта.

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Apply now to the Vaccine Grant Program

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is joining forces with WhatsApp to launch the Vaccine Grant Program, a new global effort to stem the flow of misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines.  This partnership marks the second time this year the two organizations have come together in an effort to quell the rumors and myths that have hampered efforts to fight the pandemic and created uncertainty around the vaccines.

Through this Vaccine Grant Program, IFCN and WhatsApp will distribute $500,000 to signatories to the IFCN’s Code of Principles and members of the CoronaVirusFacts Alliance fighting misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. This new grant builds on the success of the 2020 partnership between the two organizations that dramatically scaled up the work of fact-checkers during the early days of the pandemic. WhatsApp has expressed its commitment to leading the fight in misinformation among private messaging services and supporting organizations that can help tackle misinformation at its source.

Nearly 100 organizations from more than 70 countries came together in 2020 to create the CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, which produced more than 11,000 fact-checks about the COVID-19 pandemic in more than 40 languages. WhatsApp and IFCN also launched the Coronavirus Information Hub in 2020 with WHO, UNICEF and UNDP to connect WhatsApp’s over 2 billion users to sources of accurate and real time information about COVID-19.

In 2020, the IFCN distributed $ 2,7 million in grant programs to 56 organizations to fight the proliferation of misinformation that has become just as dangerous as the virus itself.

This new grant program will be open to members of that collaboration as well as signatories to the IFCN’s Code of Principles. Organizations can submit one application to receive up to $100,000 to support projects in one of four categories:

  • Editorial
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology
  • New Formats/ Distribution.

Fact-checking organizations may partner with other institutions, but are limited to one application. Due to the urgency of the ongoing global health crisis, projects qualifying for this grant must launch no later than May 31, 2021.

The deadline for applications is Mar. 22, 2021. A seven-member selection committee made up of representatives from the fact-checking community and representatives from IFCN and WhatsApp will evaluate the applicants and announce its selections on April 19.

Click here to apply, and for more detailed information about qualifications and the selection process.


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