The Walkley Foundation is proud to announce $50,000 in grants for freelance journalism, from the Walkley Public Fund for Journalism. Applications are now open for Australian freelance journalists (as individuals or small groups) to request funding to support the production of public interest journalism, either a single story or a journalistic project.

Stories may be pitched on any topic, in any format (including investigations, news stories or features, but not essays or opinion) and on any media platform (including text, photojournalism, data journalism, podcast, video, illustration and multi-platform projects).

Grants from $2,500 to $10,000 will be awarded to cover reporting costs directly related to the project (which may include reporters’ time, travel, research and support). The judges are seeking stories that make an impact, and distribution is critical to that: applicants should be clear about who their intended audience is, what they will learn and how the story can reach them. Successful projects will be published by the end of 2019 in the Walkley Magazine online under a Creative Commons licence, in addition to co-publishing with any publications the applicant has organised.

It is free to apply. Apply online here. Applications close at midnight on March 8, 2019. The projects selected for funding will be announced on April 5 at the Walkley Fund for Journalism Dinner.

How to apply

Apply using the online application form. It is free to apply. As well as your contact details, there are six fields with space for a maximum response of 100 words each, so be clear and to-the-point. You will also be asked to upload a one page CV, including a reference. You will need to provide details about your story/project idea, what costs would be covered by the grant (include a list or simple budget), who the audience is and what impact you think the project will have. Applications close at midnight on Friday March 8, 2019.

Key dates

The Walkley Public Fund for Journalism

These grants are funded by the Walkley Foundation’s Public Fund. The industry needs more from us, and to provide that kind of support, we need help to grow the Walkley Public Fund. The Fund is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together and show their support for journalism and the vital role that it plays in supporting democracy, with a tax-deductible donation.

You can find out more about the fund, what we support, and how to donate here.


For questions on the grants program, please contact Lauren Dixon via email or call (02) 9158 3820.

Past grants programs

The Foundation offers  a variety of grants to support key areas:

  • Commissioning works by individual journalists to focus on under-reported topics that are in the public interest.  These may cover areas, such as journal of record functions (courts and local politics), particularly in rural and regional communities, health, environment, indigenous affairs and gender equity.  
  • Grants for innovation in journalism
  • Freedom of Information requests

Walkley Journalism Explored essay series 

Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism

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