Successful funding recipients
The Walkley Foundation will notify successful applicants on or before December 11th 2023.
Successful applicants must use the funds awarded to them in accordance with their budgets, and only for the purposes submitted in their application and/or approved by the Walkley Foundation, within 12 months from the date of receipt of the funding.
All successful applicants are required to submit acquittal reports to the Walkley Foundation that describe the use and impact of the funding within 60 days and 12 months of receipt of the funding. These reports will be shared with Meta.
All funds distributed to funding recipients are exclusive of GST. Each funding recipient is responsible for and must pay all taxes (including income tax and/or GST, as applicable), duties and government charges imposed or levied in Australia or overseas in connection with their use of the funds.
All successful applicants must have the project for which they are receiving funding financially audited by a licensed auditor, the cost of which can be included in their application.
Use of any funding amount must comply with all applicable explicit or implicit terms and conditions or policies applicable for platforms, applications, software, tools or other resources used by the fund’s recipient, if any.
Funding recipients must agree to pay journalists employed under this scheme at least the prevailing MEAA rate for freelance contributions or as staff costs (whichever is applicable).
Funding recipients must also comply with Meta’s Privacy Principles available at https://www.facebook.com/about/basics/privacy-principles and Facebook’s community standards https://transparency.fb.com/en-gb/policies/community-standards/.
Recipients must also abide by any ethical standards applicable to the proposed project, as determined in Meta and the Walkley Foundation’s sole discretion. As such, each applicant must follow the spirit of such terms and conditions, principles and policies; and any attempt to subvert or to use a workaround of such terms and conditions or policies may, in Meta and the Walkley Foundation’s sole discretion, result in forfeiture of any funding amounts awarded or disqualification from this Program.
Each successful applicant agrees to enter into an agreement with the Walkley Foundation which includes these terms and any additional terms required by the Walkley Foundation (for example, in relation to reporting and accounting, or any compliance language required by Meta).
Other terms and conditions
Each applicant must comply with all applicable laws in relation to their participation in the PIJ Fund and/or the DIF Fund.
The Meta Australian News Fund is independently administered by the Walkley Foundation. Each applicant fully releases and waives Meta from any liability, however arising, in connection with these terms and conditions and the Meta Australian News Fund.
To the extent permissible by law, the Walkley Foundation’s liability is as expressly stated in this agreement and all other liability is excluded.
Each applicant must provide the Walkley Foundation with such information and reports, including financial information and reports, as the Walkley Foundation requests in connection with these terms and conditions.
The Walkley Foundation will treat all information provided by applicants, aside from the 300-word project outline, as confidential.
Each applicant indemnifies the Walkley Foundation against all liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including all legal costs, whether incurred or awarded) suffered or incurred by the Walkley Foundation in relation to any breach by the applicant of its obligations under these terms and conditions, except to the extent that the liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses are caused or contributed to by the negligence of the Walkley Foundation.
How to apply
All applications must be submitted through the online entry form.
Applications must be completed online. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to answer all questions and provide all materials requested. Incomplete applications may disqualify the applicant.
If you have any questions or need help, please contact Sian Gard, Meta Fund Manager.
sian.gard @walkleys.com or call +61 403 258 054