Apply for Funding

The third round of applications for funding will open 7 March 2017 and closes 20 April 2017. The DNI Innovation Fund is open to for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations, and individuals that aim to produce original journalism and enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content.

Project Types

Small Prototype
Prototype Projects

OPEN TO: organisations, individuals, and organisations comprised of one individual. All must meet the eligibility criteria, and require up to €50k of funding. These projects should be very early stage, with ideas yet to be designed and assumptions yet to be tested. We will fast-track such projects and will fund up to 100% of the total cost.

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Medium Prototype
Medium Projects

OPEN TO: organisations who meet the eligibility criteria and require up to €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project. These projects should be very early stage, with ideas yet to be designed and assumptions yet to be tested.

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Large Prototype
Large Projects

OPEN TO: organisations with preferably a minimum of one journalist in the team, and that meet the other eligibility criteria, requiring more than €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project. Exceptions to the €1m cap are possible for large projects that are collaborative, or projects that significantly benefit the broad news ecosystem.

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Simple Checklist to Help You Prepare Your Application.

The DNI team has pulled together a checklist to review before you submit your application.
  • 01
    Keep it simple
    Avoid using technical terms or jargon, and describe your project idea using simple language. How would you tell a friend about the idea?
  • 02
    Check that everything adds up
    Check the budget information to make sure it all adds up, and check that references to financial elements made in different sections are consistent.
  • 03
    Try to answer all sections
    The assessors need as much relevant information as possible in order to come to a conclusion. Remember, your organisation and your business activity may not be well-known to the assessors.
  • 04
    Extra information
    The only information we need for the assessment is what’s contained in the application form. However, you are welcome to send additional information in support of your application to the email address: dnifund@google.com. (Don’t forget to put the application number in the subject line). Please remember not to submit Business Sensitive Information (as defined in the Application Terms and Conditions).
  • Q&A Live Hangout

    The DNI team hosted a Q&A last July. Here are some of the most asked questions.

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    Get in touch
    Take a look at the previous recipients – maybe there’s someone you know who could tell you more about how the process works from an applicant point of view. Of course, the DNI Fund project team is always available to answer any questions and can be contacted via dnifund@google.com. Good Luck!

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like your data deleted, please contact us at
dnifund@google.com