Facebook South Africa COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 19TH, 2020

Apply to the Local News Relief Fund

ICFJ and Facebook will consider one application per news brand/newsroom. Organizations must meet the following requirements to be considered for a grant:

  • Independent nonprofit or for-profit local news organizations with their principal place of business located in South Africa;
  • Publishers must not be part of a business consortium, large media groups, or government-funded.
  • Have been in operation for two years or more;
  • Employ at least five full-time journalists; and
  • Facebook pages and Instagram accounts are in compliance with Facebook community standards and partner monetization policies.

Applicants must NOT:

  • Discriminate based on race, gender, faith, national origin, sexual orientation or disability;
  • Carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence specific legislation;
  • Influence the outcome of any specific public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
  • Be on a government web-based watch list of banned entities or employ, deal with, or otherwise be associated with any individuals on such lists, or aid or support any entities or whom it knows or believes to support terrorism;
  • Be a state media company, or a state-supported or funded news foundation; or
  • Be primarily a research organization, rather than a news organization.

Grant preference will be given to publishers who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Serve immigrant, rural, underserved and economically disadvantaged communities;
  • Represent areas where COVID-19 impact is particularly acute;
  • Actively covering COVID-19 and producing original news content related to COVID-19;
  • Clearly and candidly explain the grant’s contribution to their organization’s long-term viability;
  • Are family- or community-owned or independent;
  • Have an established digital reader revenue business model;
  • Have not yet received grant support from the Facebook Journalism Project in 2020.

What must the application include?

Each application must include the following:

  • A description of how grant funds will be used;
  • Budget outlining how the funds will be used;
  • Contact information;
  • Organization information, including number of employees and a link to your website;
  • If applicable, samples of your best coronavirus coverage.
  • The grant will be a one-time award and will require the grant recipient to return a follow-up report on grant impact 90 days after receipt of the funding.

The deadline to apply is May 19, 2020, by midnight SAST. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

You will be notified via email if your application is selected.

The Facebook Journalism Program (FJP) has partnered with ICFJ since 2018 to provide funding to local publishers around the world. ICFJ will soon be partnering with FJP to implement a video training program for 10,000 journalists across the African continent who are using video to cover COVID-19.

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