Applications Open for Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund!

Deadline: 20 April 2017

The third round of applications for funding is currently open for the Digital News Initiative (DNI) Innovation Fund inviting organisations, non-profit organisations, and individuals that aim to produce original journalism and enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content.

Project and Funding

  • Prototype Projects: organisations, individuals, and organisations comprised of one individual. All must meet the eligibility criteria, and require up to €50k of funding. These projects should be very early stage, with ideas yet to be designed and assumptions yet to be tested. We will fast-track such projects and will fund up to 100% of the total cost.
  • Medium Projects: organisations who meet the eligibility criteria and require up to €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project. These projects should be very early stage, with ideas yet to be designed and assumptions yet to be tested.
  • Large Projects: organisations with preferably a minimum of one journalist in the team, and that meet the other eligibility criteria, requiring more than €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project. Exceptions to the €1m cap are possible for large projects that are collaborative, or projects that significantly benefit the broad news ecosystem.

Exceptions to the €1 million cap are possible for large projects that are collaborative (e.g., international, sector-wide, involving multiple organisations) or that significantly benefit the broad news ecosystem.

Eligibility Criteria

The Fund is open to established publishers, online-only players, news start-ups, collaborative partnerships and individuals based in the EU and EFTA countries.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

For more information, please visit DNI Innovation Fund.

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