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25 Sept 2020, 00:00 (CEST)

For whom

Community, local and regional European news organisations and journalists.


Between €5,000 and €50,000.



European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund


European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund

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European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund provides core funding to support community engagement initiatives, address critical business needs, and facilitate innovative journalistic coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, communities across Europe are also facing a crisis of information. This situation is also testing the limits of community, local and regional media’s already fragile resilience. However, journalists have a vital role to play in supporting important information needs at this time.

With support from the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund, they can:

  • Provide crucial information about local facilities, services and businesses that is relevant to geographic communities and communities of interest.
  • Mobilise people looking for ways to help their community
  • Connect individuals during self-isolation and quarantine.
  • Produce and explain information about health advice, government support initiatives, data and research, in ways that is relevant and accessible to certain demographics.
  • Provide hope, respite and confidence by producing and distributing solutions-driven journalism.
  • Keep people informed about other news and information of interest or importance that isn’t specifically about COVID-19.

Objectives of the Fund

  1. Reach: Fund between 100 - 300 news organisations and journalists across Europe, in order to ensure as many communities as possible benefit.
  2. Urgency: Provide financial support in a rapid and accessible way, which will support beneficiaries at their most crucial time of need
  3. Protection: Help beneficiaries mitigate challenges related to financial sustainability during the COVID-19 crisis by providing them with core funding.
  4. Community: Keep affected communities informed with relevant, clear and timely information about COVID-19 and other important stories, by directing support to a diverse range of grantees
  5. Flexibility: Provide funding that allows beneficiaries to solve their own problems.
  6. Inspiration: Inspire other news organisations and journalists to engage with their communities by sharing learning, experiences and knowledge.

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