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Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism: Terms & Conditions

  • All applicants must certify that their application is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and to comply with all copyright requirements.
  • All applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents working as freelance journalists.
  • All applicants must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism they are subject to at the time of application.
  • Applicants must declare any other financial support committed for the project.
  • Each applicant may apply only once.
  • Group applications may include up to three names, with one person nominated as the primary contact. All applicants must be freelance journalists.
  • The applicant acknowledges that the Walkley Foundation may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Grants, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the published stories available to the public and agrees and warrants that the Foundation may use the material for these purposes. The applicant also agrees that if they are successful in winning a grant, their work may be published under a dedicated Walkley banner on external platforms.
  • Judges have the right to reject an application which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges’ decision will be final. The Walkley Board reserves the right to withdraw a grant if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the conditions and criteria.
  • Grant recipients must agree to take part in editing process, legals and fact checks to the satisfaction of the publisher and the Walkley Foundation.
  • The Walkley Foundation is under no obligation to publish.
  • The author retains the copyright for the piece.
  • Funded projects may be entered in the Walkley Awards, provided they meet all eligibility requirements of the Awards.
  • Grant funding is available to individual freelance journalists, not media organisations.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the in-principle support of a publisher or broadcaster to publish the work they will produce as a result of this grant.
  • Applicants must pitch projects relevant to the theme “Reporting Regional Australia”.
  • “Regional” shall be taken to include areas outside of Australian capital cities and the ACT, but does include Darwin.


If you’re selected:

  • Successful applicants agree to an MOU including dates, deliverables and payment instalments.
  • Grantees must deliver drafts and final story on agreed deadline.
  • Grantees must be available to work with their publisher on rewrites as required, and to answer questions through fact-checking, sub-editing and legal checks process.
  • Grantees must promote the published story to their networks and on their social channels.
  • Grantees must be available for Walkley events & publicity as required.
  • Grants will be paid in two instalments: the first one month in on receipt of detailed pitch/budget, and the balance after completion/publication of the story. Amounts subject to agreement in MOU.
  • There is no obligation to publish for the Walkley Foundation or other publishers.
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