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Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 Australian News Relief Fund Program

Applications have now closed for grants from the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) COVID-19 Australian News Relief Fund. The Walkley Foundation is assessing applications and will distribute funds in Australia – funding recipients will be notified in July 2020.


The Facebook Journalism Project has announced application dates for its COVID-19 Australian News Relief Fund Program, providing funding to help Australian news organisations that serve regional or non-metropolitan communities to help support them in producing original news content related to COVID-19 and/or projects that contribute to a publishers’ long-term financial sustainability.

News organisations are eligible for a single amount ranging from $10,000-$60,000 USD (circa $15,000 to $92,000 AUD).

Who can apply?

Organisations must meet the following requirements to apply to the News Relief Program:

  • A news organisation with their principal place of business located in Australia;
  • Actively covering COVID-19 and producing original news content related to COVID-19; and
  • Employ at least the equivalent of two full-time journalists.
  • Applications close at 11.59pm Sunday May 31, 2020

Finalists will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Clear and compelling description of how funds will be used 
  • Organisational need and clarity of budget proposal
  • Quality of prior news reporting 

Funding preference will be given to publishers who meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Those serving regional or non-metropolitan communities. Regional media shall be taken to include areas outside of Australian capital cities and the Australian Capital Territory, but does include Darwin;
    • Whose majority output is public interest news content;
    • Those that have not yet received funding support from the Facebook Journalism Project in 2020 or 2019;
    • Those that clearly and candidly explain how the funding will contribute to their organisation’s long-term viability;
    • Have been in operation for at least one year;
    • Have Facebook pages and Instagram accounts that are in compliance with Facebook community standards and partner monetisation policies.

How to apply

Apply using the online application form. It is free to apply. Applications close at midnight on Sunday May 31, 2020. Applicants should:

  • Give a brief outline of their project
  • Show they have a realistic understanding of the budget for their project and provide details with their application
  • Show they have in-principle support of a publisher or broadcaster to publish the work they produce as a result of this funding
  • Submit up to three examples of their work to support their application

    All successful applicants are required to submit a report detailing the impact of this funding within 120 days.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Monday May 18, 2020
  • Applications close: 11.59pm Sunday May 31, 2020

Read the full Terms and Conditions here.