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Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

We administer the Australian Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.

Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund – 2020 Round: applications open late April

To assist news publishers with the significant challenges they face in the current media landscape, the release of the 2020 Round of the Innovation Fund has been brought forward.

Applications will be open for a four-week period, commencing in late April and closing in late May. The application and processing timeframes will be shorter than previous rounds to help business deliver public interest journalism to the community.

The 2020 Round will be open to regional and metropolitan publishers and content service providers producing public interest journalism.

A total of $5 million will be available for the 2020 Round, with a maximum of $400,000 for any applicant.

The Innovation Fund is a three-year, $48 million grant program, which began in 2018. It is part of the Australian Government’s $60 million Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation package.

The Innovation Fund

We administer the Australian Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund which began in 2018.

The fund provides up to $16 million in grants over 3 years.

Eligible regional and small publishers across Australia can apply for grant money from the fund to:

  • find new ways to work in the modern media environment
  • make their business more sustainable

The fund is part of the Australian Government's $60.4 million Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package.

Grants to help regional and small publishers

We ran 2 rounds of grant opportunities under the Innovation fund. We invited eligible regional and small publishers to apply for a grant to find new ways to work in the modern media environment.

Round 1 - closed December 2018

The Regional Grant Opportunity - closed June 2019

In 2018 we awarded up to $3.6 million to 25 grant applicants for 29 projects under round 1.

Applicants used the money for different activities. These included:

  • market research
  • website development
  • training
  • use of new digital technology

View a list of successful applicants and their projects.

Read more about the process and outcomes.

The Regional Grant Opportunity

The Regional Grant Opportunity (RGO) is a program under round 1 of the Innovation Fund, for new publishers  and content providers in regional areas.

The RGO aims to support eligible publishers who want to make their businesses more sustainable. This might include better ways to gather, produce and distribute news.

Applications for this program are now closed. View a list of successful applicants and their projects.

Read more about the process and outcomes.
 

Further information

To find out about future activities, you can subscribe to our Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund e-bulletin.

Email or call us on 1300 850 115.

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