The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) launched a $3 million USD fund to support hundreds of community, local and regional European news organisations and journalists. Core funding supported community engagement, addressed critical business needs, and facilitated coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic with grants ranging between €5,000 and €50,000.
Grants were distributed across three tracks:
- Engagement Fund: grants to help local news organisations and journalists engage communities with short-term or one-off COVID-19-related initiatives.
- Emergency Fund: grants focused on providing specific financial support to address immediate and critical business needs.
- Innovation Fund: grants to facilitate innovative and useful technological journalistic coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic or technical news organisation projects with potential to scale.