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Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

We administer the Australian Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund, which supports public interest journalism.

2020 Round

2020 Round recipients announced

The ACMA has announced the recipients of the $5 million 2020 Round of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund. This will support 41 small and regional publishers and content service providers of public interest journalism.

See the list of successful applicants and their projects.

About the 2020 Round

  • The 2020 Round will provide up to $5 million in grants to regional and metropolitan publishers and content service providers of public interest journalism.
  • It is separate to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) program.

Summary of 2020 Round

We assessed 319 applications against the eligibility criteria. We found 238 to be eligible to move to the merit assessment stage.

We awarded funding to 41 regional and metropolitan applicants across Australia, including:

  • 16 from NSW
  • 12 from Victoria
  • 6 from Queensland
  • 2 from ACT
  • 2 from South Australia
  • 2 from Tasmania
  • one from Western Australia.

We are in the process of negotiating grant agreements. Once these are executed, more information will be published on GrantConnect.

Advisory committee

The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, appointed an advisory committee to assess the business cases of eligible applications and provide advice to the ACMA. The committee comprised:

  • Megan Brownlow as Chair (Principal, Housten Consulting)
  • Louisa Graham (CEO, Walkley Foundation)
  • Michael Malone (Director NBN Co Limited; Seven West Media Limited)
  • Susan Skelly (Adjudication Panel Member, Australian Press Council)
  • Greg Watson (Secretary, Queensland Country Press Association).

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About the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

The fund began in 2018.

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

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

Past grants

Since the fund began, we’ve run two separate rounds: Round 1 in 2018 and the Regional Grant Opportunity Round in 2019.

Round 1 (2018 Round)

The first round closed in August 2018. Under this round, we awarded around $3.6 million to 25 grant applicants for 29 projects.

Read more about the process, successful applicants and their projects for the 2018 Round.

The Regional Grant Opportunity

The Regional Grant Opportunity (RGO) closed June 2019. Under this round, we awarded around to $9 million to 62 grant applicants.

Read more about the process, successful applicants and their projects.

Get in touch

We’re here to answer your questions, email us at innovationfund@acma.gov.au.

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