International Fact-Checking Network flash grant (APAC)

This flash grant was assigned to

factly team

Factly was established in early 2016 in an endeavor to make public data/information meaningful and useful to everyone. It publishes stories & articles that qualify as data journalism, public information etc. It has published more than 700 stories on varied issues related to government data/information.

Fact-checking at Factly was launched in early 2017. Since then, it has published fact checks on important claims. Fact checks receive, on average, twice the number of page views compared to other stories by Factly.

The core objective of the project supported by the flash grant is to build a repository of 100-odd fact checks on various claims made by the Government of India on its 4-year achievement portal. This is aimed at helping Indian citizens be better informed with proper sources about claims and counter claims on the Government of India's performance in light of upcoming parliamentary elections in 2019. This, Factly believes, will help improve the public discourse around election campaign.

With funds from the IFCN flash grant, Factly will hire more fact-checkers and invest more in outreach of this fact check project. It will also experiment fact-checking in other engaging formats than just plain text. The larger goal is to become a credible source for people to cross check government claims for the 2019 parliamentary election.

Scope. The IFCN flash grant provides an immediate injection of funds to a fact-checking project that seems likely to have a high impact.

Who should apply. APAC fact-checking projects* that expect a high return from this investment.

The goal is to provide a limited but rapid boost to fact-checkers that have a concrete idea but need limited resources to implement them quickly. Applicants should think of this bursary as seed funding to get started (no additional funding will be made available).

How much is available. US$ 10,000

What can this bursary be used for. Funding can be used to cover any operational or project-specific costs. How the money will be spent is far less relevant than what the applicants expect to achieve.


  • Applications open Monday July 23
  • Deadline for applicants Monday August 13
  • Interviews Thursday August 16
  • Winner announced Monday August 20

How to apply. Apply via this form.

Evaluation. Evaluation will be conducted by IFCN staff according to the following criteria:

  • Expected impact of the project (3 points)
  • Clarity of the indicators and targets (3 points)
  • Track record and existing results of the organization/team (3 points)
  • Ambition (1 point)
  • Bonus: participation in the relevant IFCN/GNL workshop of July 22 (1 point)

The three projects with the highest score will be invited to a Skype interview.

What do we expect from the winning fact-checking project.

  • A two-page narrative report on the indicators and targets (six and twelve months after the grant is assigned).
  • Verification as a signatory of the IFCN code of principles by the end of the project.
  • Publication of at least 3 fact checks a week for the duration of the project.

*Fact-checking for the scope of this grant is defined as the act of publishing nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. This bursary will be made available in association with four workshops IFCN and Google News Lab are holding in 2018. Each round will be announced in association with the related workshop. The first flash grant was awarded to La Voce in Italy.

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