Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network Development Grant Program 2020 ($50,000)

Application Deadline: June 17th 2020

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is dedicated to furthering innovation and establishing best practices in the field. Thanks to support from YouTube via the Google News Initiative, the IFCN has $1 million in grant funding available for established fact-checking units that are pursuing projects around video production, tools development, audience building, and new formats testing.

Fact-checking units can apply for up to $50,000 each.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Fact-checking organizations that are verified signatories of the IFCN’s Code of Principles and/or organizations that have been regularly publishing non-partisan fact checks over the last three months are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants agree that if they are awarded a grant, the IFCN and YouTube may use data and information they provide in the initial application and subsequent reporting form with other fact-checking organizations.
  • Each applicant/organization may only submit one application and a budget of up to $50,000.


Grants will be distributed based on proposals including, but not limited to, the activities below: 

  • Using video as a tool to disseminate accurate information
    • Publishing fact check videos for new and traditional media outlets
    • Running campaigns using video to increase media literacy among social media users
    • Launching webinar series to train reporters on fact-checking skills
  • Developing tools to support fact-checking workflows
    • Supporting automation tools such as chatbots, database building, crowdsourcing
  • Audience building for sustainability
    • Leveraging existing or building new programs for crowdfunding, membership, and fundraising efforts
  • New formats and mediums to expand the reach of fact-checking
    • Testing and implementing new formats to reach out to wider audiences and have a larger impact
    • Building collaborative efforts to tackle misinformation in national and regional scales

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network Development Grant Program 2020


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