European Journalism Centre and Facebook Journalism Project partner on Emergency and Endurance funds for community journalism.
Wave 1, launched in April 2020, saw €1,530,000 awarded to 94 news organisations and freelancers from 28 countries across Europe. Wave 2 will support hundreds more community, local and regional European news organisations and journalists.
“This support means that we can keep doing what we’re doing, and have the space to keep planning for the future. We can keep up our coverage, better support those who write for us and stay open to others getting involved, and keep developing different routes for community engagement. It couldn’t have come at a better time.” Dublin Inquirer, Ireland (Wave 1 grantee)
Grants of between €5,000 and €25,000 are available in two tracks: an Emergency Fund for critical business and community engagement needs, and an Endurance Fund to support the development of new business models. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CEST, Friday 25 September 2020.
“Without the help of this fund, we would have had to close Star & Crescent, at least for the foreseeable future. This funding will also support our current work towards launching a Members’ Scheme, which will help us to develop a sustainable income stream, and to deepen our relationship with the local community. I cannot adequately put into words the difference this funding makes to us.” Star & Crescent, U.K. (Wave 1 grantee)
“We want to guarantee local reporting about migrant communities. This project will help a broader reporting of realities often unnoticed. Now I feel encouraged and motivated to share these stories.” María Clara Montoya, freelance journalist, Spain (Wave 1 grantee)
“This support is vital to our survival as we have lost a significant portion of our advertising revenue. We can continue to serve our audience through the hard times ahead, as we have done for the last 20 years.” Klubrádió, Hungary (Wave 1 grantee)
The fund is open to freelance journalists or news organisations with their principal place of business located in a country in the Council of Europe. The applicant must be serving communities on a hyperlocal, local or regional scale and/or communities of interest.
Independent experts and the EJC team will shortlist and select grantees according to the criteria laid out in the Call for Applications (Wave 2).
Previous, unsuccessful applicants from Wave 1 (April 2020) may re-apply, but must create a new application that reflects changes in circumstances since the original application. Successful news organisations and freelancers who received grants from Wave 1 are not eligible to re-apply.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CEST, Friday 25 September 2020.
“We want to share the joy of this award with our members: without them, Slow News wouldn’t even exist. So, we are committed more than ever to provide them journalism they support every day.” Slow News, Italy (Wave 1 grantee)
Since 1992, the EJC has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. It is an international non-profit, headquartered in the Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people. Our focus in 2020 is building resilience into journalism.
The Facebook Journalism Project works with publishers around the world to strengthen the connection between journalists and the communities they serve. It also helps address the news industry’s core business challenges. Its trainings, programs, and partnerships work in three ways: build community through news, train newsrooms globally, and quality through partnerships.