The Meta Australian News Fund opened for applications on Wednesday September 7! Read all about the program on this page before deciding whether you are eligible to apply.
Are you looking to invest in technology or launch an innovative project in your newsroom? Or do you dream of investing in a public interest journalism project such as a podcast series or documentary but lack the resources to get it off the ground?
Look no further than the Meta Australia News Fund. For the second year running, Meta is investing AU$5 million to help Australian media organisations and independent journalists launch projects focused on digital innovation or to produce journalism for underrepresented audiences.
The Walkley Foundation independently manages the $15 million Meta Australia News Fund on behalf of Meta. Run over three years, we oversee a selection of successful projects using a rigorous judging process led by industry experts.
The funding program aims to foster digital innovation and improve public interest journalism in the Australian media, and is part of the global Meta Journalism Project. In 2022, the Year 2 funding program is being offered in two streams:
- The Digital Innovation Fund (“DI Program”) will allocate up to $2.5 million by awarding news organisations funding of up to $250,000 to fund digital and innovative newsroom projects that support the sustainability of the business.
- The Public Interest Journalism Fund (“PIJ Program”) will allocate up to $2.5 million by awarding funding of up to $120,000 to news organisations or individuals to create public interest journalism that encourages media diversity.
In 2022, preference will be given to projects which:
- Serve underrepresented audiences including but not limited to: culturally diverse, LGBTQI+, First Nation peoples, gender diverse, regional or rural and economically disadvantaged communities
- Are digital-only publications
- Involve journalists working with a disability
In addition to the above, media organisations focusing on “lifestyle” topics such as the arts, travel and food will be considered as fund recipients. Applicants who have received funds in prior years may also apply for Year 2 funding.
Applications for the 2022 program opened on September 7 at 8am AEST. Submissions must be received by 5pm AEDT on October 7. Please ensure you have read all of the Terms and Conditions before starting your application.