£60k Emergency Fund for independent news publishers

Posted on: May 19, 2020 by admin

The Public Interest News Foundation (PINF) has launched a £60,000 Emergency Fund to support independent news hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

The fund will assist 20 UK independent news publishers with grants up to the value of £3,000.

The website states criteria for applicants includes an annual turnover of below £2m, with those eligible for support showing they are suffering financial loss as a result of the pandemic.

Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, applications will open on May 26 when full eligibility guidance will be published.  

An open information session will be held on Thursday 28 May at 2pm. All those interested can register here.

The selection panel includes Dame Frances Cairncross who last year delivered a report on the sustainable future for journalism.

The Public Interest News Foundation was launched in November 2019, supported by regulator IMPRESS in its start-up period. The foundation is currently working on research to understand the capacity of independent news providers and improve public understanding of their work.

More information can be found here.