Australian journalists and content makers across the country are invited to apply for the third round of the Meta Australian News Fund.
Now in its third and final year of funding, The Meta Australian News Fund, in partnership with the Walkley Foundation, has awarded AU$10M in funding to support more than 100 eligible Australian-based newsrooms and journalists to foster innovation and improve public interest journalism in Australia from the Meta Australian News Fund over three years in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.
In the 2023 round, another AU$5M will be on offer to the Australian journalism industry.
The fund was first introduced in 2021, as part of Meta’s three-year commitment to supporting communities and fostering a culture innovation and strengthening public interest journalism in Australia.
Projects that support Public Interest Journalism and Digital Innovation will be at the centre of the Meta News fund. This year there will be an additional focus on stories or projects that prioritise: video first, women in sport, First Nations languages and languages other than English.
The Walkley Foundation manages the judging process independently of Meta.
About the Meta Australian News Fund
The Walkley Foundation independently manages the $15 million Meta Australian 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 2023, 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.
Applications should be made by media organisations or journalists most directly responsible for the publication/masthead undertaking the project. Parent companies may apply on behalf of one or more organisations, however, they must disclose this clearly in their application.
Applicants who are eligible for both funds may apply to both funds. Only one application is permitted per fund. Applicants who received funding in a previous year of the Australian news Fund are eligible for funding, but they must disclose if they have previously received funding from the Facebook/Meta Australian News Fund and detail the results driven by the previous funding.
In 2023, preference will be given to projects which:
- Serve underrepresented audiences including but not limited to: LGBTQIA+, First Nations Peoples, and First Nation’s languages, along with women in sport stories, regional and rural, youth and youth culture along with content that supports communities before, during and after natural disasters.
- Are video-only publications.
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 will not be a priority for funding to apply for Year 3 funding.
Applications for the 2023 program opened on August 31 at midday and closed on September 25 at 11:59pm.
Entries are subject to the following Terms and Conditions.