News Equity Fund
Google has launched a ‘News Equity Fund’, a global commitment to provide financial support and opportunities to news organizations that primarily serve underrepresented communities.
Our aim is to strengthen inclusion, further empower a diverse news ecosystem, and specifically support small and medium sized publishers creating original journalism for underrepresented audiences around the world.
Applications opened on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 and closed on Thursday 21st July 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Applicants were asked via our online application form to provide relevant information about their publication, organization and details of how the funding will be used. By submitting an application, they accepted and agreed to the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions. Submissions will be reviewed and funded as quickly as possible from the date of the application window closing. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email.
Only online applications in English will be considered but a translated version of the online application form is available. Please click on the appropriate language below.
If you require additional assistance to complete the form, and if you have specific questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application eligibility requirements
- Small and medium-sized news organizations producing original news for underrepresented audiences.
- The News Equity Fund is open to independent newsrooms employing between 1 - 50 full-time journalists (FTE).
- Eligible applicants may include for-profit or nonprofit traditional news organizations, digital natives, newsletters, podcasts, radio and/or TV broadcasters, and trade press associations whose members cover underrepresented groups.
- Eligible applicants should publish journalistic content regularly.
- Eligible applicants need to have a focus on core news provision, i.e. not lifestyle, sports.
- Eligible applicants must have a verifiable digital presence (such as a website primarily providing journalistic content) and have been in full operation for at least 12 months.
- Incorporated or registered associations or organizations, registered academic or non-profit bodies representing underrepresented journalists and organizations are all eligible to apply as long as you are based in one of the eligible geographies.
- Government-owned entities or entities affiliated/owned by a political party are not eligible to apply.
- Only online applications in English will be considered.
Organizations must be incorporated or registered in one of the eligible geographies (see below). Unincorporated organizations must be based in one of the eligible geographies. Please note that certain eligible geographies may have specific laws that apply to the receipt of funding from the News Equity Fund and you are responsible for your compliance with any such laws, including, for example, by obtaining all necessary permissions from relevant authorities prior to receiving funding.
- Asia Pacific
Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Easter Island, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Austria, Albania, Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine (excluding the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR))
- Middle East and Africa
Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, KSA, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UAE, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- North America
Canada, United States, United States Overseas Territories
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands
- Latin America
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
Funds will be disbursed in one installment. Funding amounts will vary depending on the size of the newsroom and number of eligible applications received.
Initial selection of proposals will be done by teams of Google staff who have knowledge and experience in digital publishing and journalism in the regions detailed above. Google will also work with established third party organizations to further confirm our selections. Applicants will then be contacted by email and offered funding before being asked to sign a funding agreement with Google. Selected applicants will then be required to enroll with our designated payment provider in order to receive the funding.
The News Equity Fund was open to small and medium-sized news organizations producing original news for underrepresented communities. Eligible applicants should have a digital presence (a website providing journalistic content) and have been in operation for at least 12 months. The News Equity Fund will support newsrooms with a minimum of one full-time employee (FTE) journalist, up to a maximum of 50 FTE journalists. Eligible applicants need to have a focus on core news provision, i.e. not lifestyle, sports. Eligible applicants may include for-profit or nonprofit traditional news organizations, digital natives, radio and/or TV broadcasters. Organizations must be registered or incorporated in one of the eligible geographies outlined in the section titled ‘Eligible Geographies’. Government owned entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.
Initial selection of projects will be done by teams of Google staff who have knowledge and experience in digital publishing and journalism in the regions detailed above. They will review all applications for eligibility and determine the level of funding to be offered. Applicants will then be contacted by email and offered funding before being asked to sign a contract with Google in order to receive the funds. Google may be back in touch to request further information and applicants will be informed about progress through the application process by email. Google will also work with established third party organizations to further confirm our selection.
The application window closed on Thursday 21st July 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
You can find the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions here.
Yes, we will review all eligible applications received. We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
If you would like to contact the team please email email@example.com.
During the review process, applicants may be asked to provide additional details to verify and/or clarify information provided.
The applicant organization must spend funding on eligible expenses to support original journalism for the provision of news. Please see the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions for a list of eligible expenses.
Business sensitive information is confidential information which, if disclosed, would provide your competitors with a competitive advantage over you or would otherwise cause substantial harm to you.
Please see the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions for further information.
You are the best judge on what information is business sensitive. However, if you are in any doubt about this then we recommend that you seek independent legal advice.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application and to inform you of our decision as soon as possible. Due to the expected volume of applications, we cannot guarantee a turnaround time. Submissions will be reviewed at the latest by December 2022 and funding will be provided as timely as possible. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email.