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U.S. Local News Incubator Program

Organisation: Google News Initiative

Status: Closed

  • Grant

Funding Size: $400,000

Deadline: 15/02/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Individuals and small teams with ideas for new local news organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Type of funding: Core
  • Target country: United States
  • Application language: English

The American Journalism Project, with support from the Google News Initiative, is launching a local news incubator. The programme is intended to support entrepreneurs who want to explore launching a new nonprofit local news organisation to serve their communities.

The local news incubator programme is intended to accelerate the progress in launching local nonprofit news organisations that have outstanding talent and capital from the start.

The goal is to guide the launch of nonprofit news organisations with seed capital and support to complete a robust research and development stage and fundraising campaign.

This 18-month incubator will provide both startup capital and expert counsel. For this cohort, four individuals or pairs will be selected. Founders will receive $400,000 to pursue their startup full-time and spend 18 months researching, developing an editorial strategy to fill the local news and information needs they identify in a given market, fundraising, coalition-building, and preparing to launch an organisation.

See here to learn more and apply.

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