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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.

Application process

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 newsequityfund@google.com

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.

Eligible Regions

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.

Eligible Geographies

  • 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
  • Europe
    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
  • Caribbean
    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

Funding

Funds will be disbursed in one installment. Funding amounts will vary depending on the size of the newsroom and number of eligible applications received.

Selection Process

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.

FAQs

  • 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 newsequityfund@google.com.
    During the review process, applicants may be asked to provide additional details to verify and/or clarify information provided.

  • Google will process any personal data you provide in connection with this application in accordance with our privacy policy. As set out in the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions, we require that applicants do not submit to us any business sensitive information. Please see the News Equity Fund Terms and Conditions for further details.

  • 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.

Selected projects

We are excited to share that more than 450 newsrooms from 52 countries are receiving funding through the News Equity Fund:

  • *PS Media
  • 101Reporters
  • 15-38 Méditerranée
  • 3HMONGTV - HBC Television
  • Aadiwasi Janjagruti
  • Åbo Underrättelser
  • Acorda Cidade
  • Africa Solutions Media Hub
  • AfricaBrief
  • Afro American Newspapers
  • Agência Diadorim
  • Agencia Mural De Jornalismo Das Periferias
  • Agencia Presentes
  • Agência Pública
  • Agência Tatu
  • Alharaca
  • Alianza Metropolitan News
  • Alma Preta Jornalismo
  • Amal, Berlin! und Amal, Hamburg!
  • Arizona Luminaria
  • Ark Republic
  • Atlanta Black Star
  • Australian Chinese Daily
  • Australian Rural & Regional News
  • Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH)
  • Baltimore Witness
  • Bay Area Reporter
  • Bay City News
  • Behanbox.com
  • Bengali Times
  • Between The Lines
  • BigIfTrue.org
  • Black Ballad
  • Black Catholic Messenger
  • Black Girl in the CLE
  • Black Iowa News
  • Border Belt Independent
  • Borderless Magazine
  • Boston Korea
  • BridgeDetroit
  • Bultoo Radio
  • Bush Radio
  • ByBlacks.com
  • Cabin Radio
  • Canarsie Courier
  • Cape York Weekly
  • Capital & Main
  • Časoris
  • Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ)
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • Central Current
  • Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
  • CFWIJ Press Freedom Newsroom
  • ChalChitra Abhiyaan
  • Chatham News + Record
  • Chicago Reader
  • Cicero Independiente
  • City Bureau
  • City Limits News
  • Coastal Plains Environmental Advocate
  • Colorado Springs Independent
  • Commutalk
  • Connecticut Latino News
  • Consonante
  • Courtbouillon
  • Cripple Media
  • Criterio.hn
  • Crusader Newspaper Group
  • Cutral Co al Instante
  • DAILYSUN NWE YORK
  • Dallas Free Press
  • Dallas Voice
  • Daraj Media
  • De Olho Nos Ruralistas
  • Demerara Waves Online News
  • Democratic Charkha
  • Desenrola E Não Me Enrola
  • DESIblitz Magazine
  • Diarios Comunales
  • Disability Scoop
  • Document Women
  • Documented
  • Dublin Inquirer
  • Dziennik Związkowy - Polish Daily News
  • Eastern Eye
  • Eastern Standard Times
  • Eco Nordeste
  • Economic Hardship Reporting Project
  • Edición Cientonce
  • Edilma Prada Céspedes
  • Education in Atlanta, LLC
  • El Ágora Digital
  • El Grito del Sur
  • El Paso Matters
  • El Placer del Saber
  • El Surtidor
  • El Tiempo Latino
  • El Toque
  • Elevate Dayton
  • Emerge Mag
  • Enlace Latino NC
  • Epicenter NYC
  • Epicentro.TV
  • Expoente do Iguaçu newspaper
  • Feminacida
  • Feminism in India
  • Feminismos del Sur
  • Five Wards Media | Newark News & Story Collaborative
  • Flatwater Free Press
  • FM Seoul Bang Song, Inc
  • Focos TV
  • Food For Mzansi
  • Fort Frances Times
  • Fort Worth Report
  • Frame
  • Frederiquense Association of Community Broadcasting
  • Fresnoland
  • Futuro Media Group
  • Gaon Connection
  • Gaon Savera
  • Gay.it
  • GayPress
  • GCN (Gay Community News)
  • Germantown Info Hub
  • Gettysburg Connection
  • GK Ecuador
  • Greater Govanhill
  • Greek Press
  • GroundUp
  • Guardiana
  • Guiti News
  • GulfHindi.com
  • Hala Canada Media
  • Háromszék napilap
  • Hellas News
  • Herne Katha
  • Hong Kong Free Press
  • Honolulu Civil Beat
  • Houston Defender Network
  • IDENERA.com
  • Il Globo
  • Illinois Latino News (ILLN)
  • Immigrants Now
  • Impacto Latino
  • India Currents
  • India West
  • IndigiNews
  • Indonesian Lantern
  • inewsource
  • InfoAmazonia
  • Infoelles
  • Integrados
  • InTheBaltic
  • InvestigateWest
  • Ipar Euskal Herriko Hitza
  • ISH News
  • Jabarnews.com
  • jibiko.com
  • Jmais Jornalismo Digital
  • Jornal A FOLHA Torres
  • Jornal Ponto
  • JournalRAGE
  • KARAKAYA TALKS
  • Khasokhas
  • kilasjambi.com
  • KirkukNow Media Outlet
  • kohero Magazin
  • Konde
  • Konsentris.id
  • Kult Media
  • La Brava Magazine
  • La Cadera de Eva (Eve's Hip)
  • La Cola de Rata
  • La Converse
  • La Esquina TX
  • La Noticia
  • La Prensa de Houston
  • La Voz de Guanacaste
  • La Voz Hispana de Connecticut
  • Lado B
  • Lakota Times
  • Le Drenche
  • Le Journal de Chambly Inc
  • Leo Weekly, LLC
  • Les Dreamers
  • Little Saigon TV Network, Inc
  • Lizard News
  • Los Angeles Blade
  • Lowcountry Panorama Newspaper
  • Luce!
  • Madison365
  • Magdalene
  • Main Bhi Bharat
  • Main Media
  • Making Contact / International Media Project
  • Marco Zero Conteúdo
  • Marcom Weekly
  • Maré De Notícias
  • Marietta Daily Journal
  • matsda2sh
  • Media in Toronto
  • MedWatch.de
  • Melting Pot Europa
  • México Social
  • Milwaukee Independent
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
  • Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
  • Minority Africa
  • Missing Perspectives
  • Mission Local
  • Mississippi Free Press
  • MLK50: Justice Through Journalism
  • MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • Moguldom Nation/Moguldom.com
  • Mojatu Magazine
  • Mojo Story
  • Mónica Palomino
  • Montana Free Press
  • Montana Senior News
  • Mountain State Spotlight
  • Mountain Top News
  • Muna Kalati
  • Mundo Latino Publications
  • My Weekly
  • NAJF Native Voice / RPI Roundtable Webinar Series
  • National Indigenous Radio Service
  • National Indigenous Times
  • National Native News and Native America Calling
  • Native News Online
  • Nawaat
  • Neos Kosmos
  • Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network
  • NepYork
  • New African
  • New Brunswick Today
  • New Canadian Media
  • New Pittsburgh Courier
  • News Is Out
  • News You Can Use / The Brandon Gonez Show
  • Newslaundry
  • NexoNorte
  • Next City
  • Nonada Jornalismo
  • Northend Agent's
  • Nós, Mulheres da Periferia
  • NRI Pulse
  • Nuestro Estado
  • O Eco
  • Oakland Voices
  • OjoPúblico
  • On Our Radar
  • OnlySky
  • Onme News
  • Osage News
  • Osprey Observer Newspapers
  • Out in St. Louis d/b/a Riverside Media
  • Outlier Media
  • Owner, BeeTV Network LLC
  • Pacific Media Network
  • Palabra
  • Palawan News
  • People's Archive of Rural India
  • Persian Mirror
  • Philadelphia Gay News
  • PinkNews
  • Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
  • Planet Detroit
  • Planeta Venus Online
  • Ponte Jornalismo
  • PopLab
  • Portal Catarinas
  • Portal do Envelhecimento
  • Portal Montanhas Capixabas
  • Povertà Educativa
  • Pressian
  • Prism
  • Prison Journalism Project
  • Proclama del Cauca
  • Project Multatuli
  • Projeto #Colabora
  • Proyecto Saltapatrás
  • Public Square Amplified
  • Publicitarias
  • PublicSource
  • Pulso Noticias
  • Purwakarta Post
  • PW Perspective
  • Q Voice News
  • QCity Metro
  • Qnotes
  • Qué digital
  • Que Pasa
  • Queer News
  • Queerency
  • Radio Ambulante & El hilo
  • Radio Cité
  • Radio Parleur
  • Radio Progreso
  • Range Media
  • Raseef22
  • RBE
  • Record-Journal Latino Communities Reporting Lab
  • Red/Acción
  • Redattore Sociale
  • ReligionUnplugged.com
  • Reportar Sin Miedo
  • Revista AzMina
  • Revista Cítrica
  • Revista Colibrí
  • Revista Muy Waso
  • Revista Nómadas
  • Revista O Grito!
  • Ricochet Media
  • Rio Grande Guardian
  • Riovale Jornal
  • RiverheadLOCAL
  • Rome News-Tribune
  • RoyalTee Magazine
  • Rupang
  • SAARI Collective
  • Saco Bay News
  • Sahan Journal
  • Saint Louis Argus
  • San Quentin News
  • Santa Cruz Local
  • Sardinia Post
  • Scalawag
  • Scroll.in
  • Searchlight New Mexico
  • Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly
  • Seen
  • Sentiido
  • Serendipia
  • Shades of Rural India
  • shado mag CIC
  • Shasta Scout
  • Shepherdess
  • Shoresides
  • SisaIN
  • South Dakota News Watch
  • South Seattle Emerald
  • South Side Weekly
  • Southeast Express
  • Southerly
  • Spheres of Influence
  • Star Observer
  • Storm Lake Times Pilot
  • StreetPress
  • Sul21
  • Sun (Fiji) News Pte Limited
  • Sun-Reporter
  • Suno India
  • Szabadság
  • Talk Africa
  • Tetovo info
  • TG House
  • The 19th
  • The Appeal
  • The Atlanta Objective
  • The Atlanta Voice
  • The Australian Jewish News
  • The Baltimore Times
  • The Beacon
  • The Big Issue
  • The Border Chronicle
  • The Breach
  • The Buckeye Flame
  • The Canada Times
  • The Canadian Jewish News
  • The Chicago Defender
  • The Community Voice
  • The Cue
  • The Current GA
  • The Dallas Weekly
  • The E'ville Eye Community News
  • The Eastsider
  • The Frontier Manipur
  • The Green Line
  • The Haitian Times
  • The Imprint
  • The Kansas City Defender
  • The Korea Daily
  • The Land
  • The Lens
  • The Local
  • The Maryborough District Advertiser
  • The Mendocino Voice
  • The Michigan Chronicle
  • The Mooknayak
  • The NATIVE Magazine
  • The New York Amsterdam News
  • The News
  • The News Beak
  • The News Minute
  • The Nome Nugget
  • The Oglethorpe Echo
  • The Oklahoma Eagle
  • The Region
  • The Resolve
  • The Sacramento Observer
  • The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper
  • The San Fernando Valley Sun/el Sol Newspaper
  • The Sikkim Chronicle
  • The South Asia Journal
  • The St. Louis American
  • The Times Weekly
  • The Tributary
  • The Vallejo Sun
  • The Village Voice
  • The Washington Informer
  • The Weekly Challenger
  • The Women's Voices
  • The Xylom
  • TheBurg
  • TNM - Todos Negros do Mundo
  • todotexcoco.com
  • TransLash Podcast
  • Triad City Beat
  • Tribal Business News
  • Tribal News Network
  • Tucson Sentinel
  • Turkana Guardian
  • Type Investigations
  • Ujyaalo Radio Network
  • Unbias the News
  • Underscore News
  • UrbanGeekz
  • URL Media
  • Vanguard News Gorup
  • Virgin Islands Consortium
  • Voice of OC
  • Volcanicas Magazine
  • Voz das Comunidades
  • Wambra Medio Digital Comunitario
  • Warragul and Drouin Gazette
  • Washington Blade
  • Watermark
  • Wausau Pilot & Review
  • Weekly Bangla Mail
  • Windy City Times
  • Winfo Santa Cruz
  • WJFF Radio Catskill
  • Woman & Economic news (SMEN)
  • Women's Agenda
  • Word In Black
  • WOW360
  • Writers on the Range
  • Wurd Radio
  • Yerwa Express News
  • Yorke Peninsula Country Times
  • Yourradioplace.com
  • YR Media
  • ZoomHaitiNews