Applications open for Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism – $70,000 up for grabs

The Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism are back and bigger than ever. Thanks to our partners at Google Australia and Copyright Agency, this year there’s a pool of $70,000 in funding available. We’ll split that pool among the most outstanding submissions – we’re looking for projects that do creative new things with technology, business and storytelling, and improve the Australian journalism landscape.

Applications are open until January 30, 2015. Find the application form here, and FAQs here.

Skill up with Storyology Innovation Scholarships

If you want to get a head start on the competition, send us an expression of interest by November 24 and you could win one of 10 scholarships to Storyology’s innovation-focused day on December 1 (each pass is valued at $190!)

Check out the program here, and just think how much stronger your grant application will be after a day of discussions on innovation, entrepreneurialism and startup thinking. Take a masterclass on how to pitch, business strategy, how to talk to developers, working with User Generated Content, or design thinking for journalism. Plus, be inspired by world leaders in newsroom innovation, new models for journalism businesses, and even some of last year’s grant winners and applicants.

To be in the running, email with the subject “Storyology Innovation EOI” and 250 words about your idea, and what you hope to learn at Storyology on December 1. Send your expression of interest by 5pm on Monday, November 24.

About the Grants

We want to stimulate innovative thinking in journalism and encourage bold ideas for reinventing the way we tell stories and fund reporting.

By allocating seed-funding and providing mentorship and support, we hope to grow enterprising ideas for journalism that will have a lasting positive effect. These projects will pioneer new methods of storytelling and information sharing and successfully engage communities and audiences.

Who are the Grants for?

If you’re an Australian citizen or resident with an idea for an innovative journalism project, you are eligible for these grants. We’ll accept submissions from both individuals and teams. At this stage, we’re looking to fund projects independent of the mainstream media, so we won’t accept proposals from major media companies. However, if you’re employed by a major media company you could still apply with a proposal for a project to be completed outside working hours. Existing start-ups that need further development are eligible and so are well thought-out ideas that haven’t been yet put into practice. As well as funding, successful project applicants will receive mentoring and support to give them the best chance of thriving and reviving our media landscape.

How do I apply?

If you have a great idea or project you think fits the criteria, you should apply. The first round of applications is just a simple online form that tells us a bit about you, your idea and how you will execute it.  If we like the sound of your idea, we’ll contact you to request a more detailed proposal. After this round, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by our panel of experts and then the panel will select the top proposals to receive grants.

Get the lowdown on our FAQs page.

Past winners:

The inaugural winners of the Walkley Grants were announced in June 2014. Brisbane journalist and academic Skye Doherty was awarded $25,000 to develop an online platform for her unique storytelling concept “NewsCubed”, while Tim Dunlop and Hugh Martin, from Melbourne, got $10,000 to build a business and content strategy for “The News Franchise”. “Youth Bytes”, a project by Stephen Turner, will use a $5,000 grant to run a pilot program in Turner’s Coonabarabran high school, introducing students to the world of journalism. More than 120 people from around Australia applied for the inaugural grants; read all about our winners here.

In March 2014 we announced the shortlist and honorable mentions for the inaugural Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism – read all about our stars here.

More on the program…

The Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism is an exciting program launched in 2013 with seed funding from Google of $40,000 for to up to three innovative reporting projects to be developed in 2014.

Our aim is to stimulate innovative thinking and encourage bold, pioneering ideas that reinvent storytelling or create new funding models for journalism. Through this seed funding, mentoring and support for successful applicants, we hope to grow enterprising ideas for journalism that will have a lasting positive effect on our industry.

We want to create a culture of innovation in Australian media so our brightest minds don’t take their brilliant ideas offshore. A strong Australian media is central to our national character and needs to evolve to stay strong. This program is central to our mission to encourage and support innovation in the Australian media.

We want to grow this program and are on the hunt for supporters to take it to the next level. We’re open to funding from corporate partners who share our vision for a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in media.

For more information please contact Clare Fletcher: 0432 616 810; or via email.

Partner with us

To enquire about partnering on the Walkley Grants for Innovation and associating your organisation with excellence, get in touch.