Call for Applications

Google Digital News Innovation Fund 2018 (Round 6)

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Application Deadline- December 3 (23:59 CEST)

The Digital News Innovation Fund (DNI Fund) is a European programme that’s part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

Today we are thrilled to open the Google Digital News Innovation Fund (DNI Fund) for a sixth, and final, round of applications. Since its introduction, the DNI Fund, has offered more than €115 million to more than 559 ambitious projects in digital journalism, across 30 countries. The Fund, our €150 million commitment to supporting innovation in the European news industry, is part of The Google News Initiative, our effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. It is designed to provide no-strings-attached funding  to those in the news industry looking for some room — and budget — to experiment. This season’s application window will be open for the next six weeks, ending December 3 (23:59 CEST).

The DNI Fund supports those in the news industry looking to experiment, to help secure the future for quality journalism. We’re on the lookout for great ideas and welcome any brillant plan for which applicants, especially new ones, need some time, space and budget to bring it to life.

Why are we doing this? Because at Google, we know from experience that the biggest, boldest ideas often start small and require nurturing. Through the DNI Fund, we want to give new approaches the freedom to grow – and hopefully to soar.

What type of projects are eligible for funding?

The Fund is open to established publishers, online-only players, news startups, collaborative partnerships and individuals based in the EU and EFTA countries. The following are examples of projects that are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects that are limited to the creation or publication of content without a specific innovative component (for example, projects relating to news coverage only or projects merely translating news content into other languages)
  • Upgrades of legacy publishing systems
  • Projects that relate to simply collating or listing data (for example, the publication of job listings or stock exchange data, or the re-publication of newswires articles)
  • Projects on training or education only
  • Projects in the Medium or Large tracks which do not have any monetisation component


The DNI Fund is open to for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations and individuals that aim to produce original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem. Established publishers, online-only players, news startups, publisher consortia, national or international associations, companies and individuals are all eligible to apply. Incorporated organisations must be incorporated in the EU or EFTA. Unincorporated organisations must be registered in the EU or EFTA (or, if unregistered, have their principal place of business there). Individuals must be EU or EFTA residents.

Eligible countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

For More Information:

Visit the official webpage of the The Digital News Innovation Fund 2018

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