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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO3940

Round 2020 of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

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Innovation Fund Grant Manager



Australian Communications and Media Authority
Close Date & Time:
22-May-2020 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
271003 - Media and Communications
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Innovation Fund was established by the Government to support regional and publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. The Innovation Fund was announced as part of the Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.

The objective of the 2020 Round is to support the production of public interest journalism by assisting publishers (which includes content service providers) to stabilise their financial position and increase their revenue so that they are able to operate on a sustainable basis in the medium term. The grants are designed to assist publishers and content service providers:

  • to increase the sustainability of their news publishing activities (including news gathering, production and distribution) in the short to medium term; or

  • to develop and trial transformational or innovative models for the sustainable provision of public interest journalism and reposition their businesses to adapt to the new media environment in the longer term.

The 2020 Round will meet this objective by funding proposals that achieve one or more of the following outcomes for each successful applicant in relation to its production of public interest journalism:

  • improve the capacity of publishers and content service providers to generate revenue from the production of civic and public interest journalism (for example, advertising or subscription revenue); or
  • support business improvement activities that sustain or strengthen the financial position of publishers and content service providers by: increasing readership or distribution; and/ or reducing operating costs through more efficient business practices; or

  • encourage innovation and experimentation in digital journalism.



Please see the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for information about the eligibility criteria.

Total Amount Available (AUD):
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $1.00 to $400,000.00
Instructions for Application Submission:

To lodge an application, visit and register/login to complete an online application form.




Other Instructions:

Please read the following documents available through the 'GO Documents' link on the left hand side of this page.

  1. The Grant Opportunity Guidelines provide all the essential information about the grant opportunity and the application process.
  2. The Postcode Finder will help applicants determine whether their primary operations address is located in a regional or a metropolitan area.
  3. The Dos and Don'ts provide tips for applicants on how to prepare a good application. 
  4. The Commonwealth Standard Grant Conditions will apply to all Standard Grant Agreements entered into during this round. 
  5. The Commonwealth Letter of Agreement Conditions will apply to all Letter of Agreements entered into during this round.
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Innovation Fund Grant Manager