The Digital News Initiative.

Supporting innovation in journalism.

The Digital News Initiative (DNI) is a collaboration between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism and encourage a more sustainable news ecosystem through technology and innovation.

DNI Innovation Fund: applications have now closed!

Applications for the second round of the DNI’s Innovation Fund are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied - we’re looking forward to reviewing your proposals! Our second council meeting will be at the end of October/beginning of November 2016 and we’ll announce the successful projects in winter 2016/2017.

If you didn’t manage to submit an application, don’t worry - there will be more opportunities to put your project forward for funding next year.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the DNI and how we’re collaborating with the news industry then please sign up here.

Successful Applicants Round 1 (Winter 2015/2016)

Total number of projects funded


Total funding offered


Total funding per country

  • €258,600
  • €2,335,104
  • €1,024,000
  • €2,256,541
  • €2,816,214
  • €500,000
  • €1,765,540
  • €878,675
  • €1,490,799
  • €792,951
  • €93,905
  • €1,890,100
  • €4,899,845
  • €442,000
  • €99,942
  • €50,000
  • €1,540,000
  • €638,040
  • €2,543,670
  • €50,000
  • €331,860
  • €554,830
  • €50,000
  • Large project
  • Prototype project
  • Medium project
  • Funding
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Accelerated Mobile Pages Project: now live!

Accelerated Mobile Pages, the open source project that’s loading mobile news content at high speeds, now appears in Google Search.

AMP aims to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web and loads mobile news content 4x faster than traditional HTML.

It appears in a dedicated carousel to help users find super fast content even faster.

The project was born out of discussions with DNI partners in Europe, and publishers and technology companies around the world. For full details, see the Google Europe Blog and the AMP website.

Project Shield: protecting news sites from DDos attacks

Project Shield is a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites from DDos attacks, particularly in parts of the world where accurate information from independent journalists is more important than ever.

This project, which has been in beta, has now become an available tool for independent news organizations even more widely at

Don't forget these important dates

  • 2nd


    Application window

    • Application window: 6 weeks
  • 11th


    Deadline for second round of applications expand_more_black

    • Application review by the Project Team starts on July 11th
    • Applicants are interviewed and further documentation potentially requested
    • Project pre-selects Prototype and Medium projects and submits a recommendation on shortlisted large projects to the Council
  • end


    Second council
    meeting in Lisbon

    • Council meets and votes on large projects
    • Council provides oversight of the DNI Innovation Fund processes
  • -


    Funded projects
    are announced

    • From early November selected projects are announced