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Global Fact Check Fund opens next round of applications

Organisation: Poynter Institute

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Media literacy
  • Media support
  • Mis- and Disinformation

Funding Size: $100,000

Deadline: 08/01/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria: The following organisations are eligible to apply:
    – Verified signatories of the IFCN Code of Principles
    – Other fact-checking organisations partnered with, or endorsed by, an IFCN verified signatory. Non-signatory organisations may include regional fact-checking networks, not-for-profit organisations, NGOs, for-profit organizations, research organisations, and academic institutes whose operations can be used to effectively advance fact-checking.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Global
  • Application language: English

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the non-profit Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalistic excellence, announced a partnership with Google and YouTube on November 29, 2022, to support fact-checking initiatives worldwide and reduce the harm of misinformation.

The Global Fact Check Fund awards grants in an open competition for programs to support third-party organizations in strengthening the capabilities of fact-checking organisations across the world.

The $12 million Global Fact Check Fund supports Verified Signatories of the IFCN Code of Principles fact-checking organisations, as well as proposed partner organisations, over a three-year period. As of April 2023, there are 154 IFCN Verified Signatories from more than 60 countries.

The mission of the Fund is to strengthen and develop the operational, production and engagement capacities of local and regional media organisations to increase the quality, volume, frequency, scale and impact of fact-checking abilities and activities. The Fund supports eligible organisations to increase the level of professionalism in fact-checking associated with media outlets, as well as improve target audiences’ ability to critically assess mass media and social media.


The third phase of grants, under the theme ENGAGE, has already opened, designed to support fact-checking organizations in scaling local and regional audience and stakeholder engagement. This may include increasing staffing, expanding or creating programs designed to boost content visibility, training, cross-pollination across technology channels, exploration of new target markets, audience research, metrics, and analytics, digital media, community engagement, innovation and experimentation to develop tools for fact-checking. Applicants may receive up to $100,000 USD each through the grant process.

See here to learn more and apply.

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