The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is partnering with the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) to administer nine grants to independent local news organizations in South Africa that are producing quality journalism amidst the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program will provide urgent financial support for independent publishers with a special focus on investigative journalism and local news organizations that are providing trustworthy information about COVID-19.
The grants will be distributed as follows :
- Two grants of $35,000 for publishers with 40 or more staff members
- Seven grants of $10,000 for publishers with less than 40 staff members
The grants can be used for initiatives such as helping launch newsletters, lift paywalls, hire freelance journalists, strengthen data reporting, create online events, fund IT needs, launch software services, support digital distribution methods, salaries, buy personal protection equipment to keep journalists safe, as well as to ensure the basic continuation of work.
ICFJ and Facebook will consider one application per news brand/newsroom. Organizations must meet the following requirements to be considered for a grant:
- Independent nonprofit or for-profit local news organizations with their principal place of business located in South Africa;
- Publishers must not be part of a business consortium, large media groups, or government-funded.
- Have been in operation for two years or more;
- Employ at least five full-time journalists; and
- Facebook pages and Instagram accounts are in compliance with Facebook community standards and partner monetization policies.
DEADLINE: May 19 2020
To apply and for more information visit here