May 21, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 21, 2020) — The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) today opens applications for its newest grant program. Thanks to support from YouTube via the Google News Initiative, the IFCN has $1 million in grant funding available for established fact-checking units that are pursuing projects around video production, tools development, audience building, and new formats testing.

Fact-checking organizations that are verified signatories of the IFCN’s Code of Principles and/or organizations that have been regularly publishing nonpartisan fact checks over the last three months are eligible to apply. Fact-checking units may submit only one application for up to $50,000.

All applicants will be first evaluated by their eligibility and then judged by an independent selection committee. In addition to grant funding, accepted applicants will get exposure at Global Fact 8 in June 2021.

Grants will be distributed based on proposals including, but not limited to, the activities below:

  • Using video as a tool to disseminate accurate information
  • Developing tools to support fact-checking workflows
  • Audience building for sustainability
  • New formats and mediums to expand the reach of fact-checking

Applications close June 17, 2020, and the IFCN will announce recipients Aug. 4, 2020. Learn more about the Fact-Checking Development Grant Program here.


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