About the Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism on Regional Australia

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism. Our judges are reviewing all entries and winners will be notified by the end of June.


The 2020 Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism are open to Australian freelance journalists (as individuals or small groups).

A $75,000 pool (including $50,000 from the Walkley Public Fund for Journalism and $25,000 from Twitter Australia) will be awarded to support the production of public interest journalism.

The grants are to support public interest journalism on the theme of “Reporting Regional Australia”. Projects must be pitched with a commitment from a publisher or broadcaster to edit and publish the story.

Projects can be pitched 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 will be awarded, based on merit, to cover reporting costs directly related to the project (which may include reporters’ time, travel, research and support). Don’t be afraid to think big, but be realistic about the costs. 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.

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Quick links: Terms & Conditions | Frequently Asked Questions | Judging Criteria


These grants are supported by the Walkley Public Fund and Twitter Australia.


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Who can apply?

Freelance journalists who are Australian residents or citizens. Applicants can enter as individuals or groups of up to three members (all freelance journalists).  

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Apply using the online application form. It is free to apply. As well as your contact details, you will also be asked to describe your story idea in detail, demonstrating that you have a plan for sources and research, and contingency plans, for example how you will proceed if an FOI request doesn’t yield the data you’re expecting. 

You’ll be asked to upload a one page CV. You’ll also need to complete a budget for the project using our template. A publisher who wants to run your story will need to verify your application (download a template here – if the file doesn’t automatically download, disable your pop-up blockers or open in a different browser). Applications close at midnight on Friday May 29, 2020.

Terms and conditions

Please see the full terms & conditions here.

Judging Criteria

Please see the full judging criteria here.

Key dates

March 2, 2020: Applications open

Friday May 29, 2020: Applications close at midnight AEST

Contact us

For questions on the grants program, please contact Lauren Dixon via email or call 0413 212 890.

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.

Contact us

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

Want to support great storytelling in the public interest through a grant? Get in touch with us.