FUNDING THE FUTURE OF NEWS

We're helping to build a diverse information ecosystem by funding emerging, community-driven news organisations

The Engaged Journalism Accelerator is committed to creating more resilient and more impactful relationships between news organisations and the communities they serve.

Over the duration of the programme, we will fund up to 15 organisations in Europe with a proven record of sustaining a loyal community and a willingness to develop a resilient business model. Each will receive between €35,000 - €50,000.

Suitable organisations may be looking to finance expansion, develop strategy or new revenue streams, improve product development capabilities or increase loyalty among their community. Our grants can be used to introduce expertise, processes or technology to support this.

The Accelerator does not aim to fund one-off storytelling projects or temporary audience engagement initiatives.

Key dates

October 2018
- announcement of news organisations that have been successful in receiving a grant through a closed call for applications, launched in September 2018
- announcement of the open call for applications for the second round of Accelerator funding, and deadline for submitting proposals

January 2019
- announcement of up to 12 news organisations that have been successful in receiving a grant through the open call for applications


Open call - important information

We are now accepting applications, as part of an open call, for the second round of Accelerator funding.

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal that describes a core activity or objective that, through participation in the Accelerator, will help their organisation to achieve its potential.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications that involve

  • participatory revenue models beyond memberships and subscriptions
  • user analysis and research
  • internal culture change
  • community listening experiences and events (esp. face-to-face initiatives)
  • transparency around the editorial and journalistic process
  • strategic development (including Theory of Change)

Applicants are initially required to outline what the requested grant funding will be used for, rather than a specific breakdown about specific costings or activities that the grant will be spent on. You can read morehere.

Begin your application now.

If you have more questions about the funding process, check out our FAQs.

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Photo: Ben Whitelaw

Based in Athens, Greece, Solomon is one of the first organisations to receive funding through the Accelerator

Applications for funding are open until 5th December 2018

Apply now

Our grantees so far

Clara Jiménez Cruz

Clara Jiménez Cruz

Co-founder of Maldita

Maldita

Fanis Kollias

Fanis Kollias

Founder of Solomon

Solomon

Megan Lucero

Megan Lucero

Director of The Bureau Local

Bureau Local

Taras Yatsenko

Taras Yatsenko

Co-founder of Tvoe Misto

Tvoe Misto

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