Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund now open
27 June 2018
The Turnbull Government is calling for applications for grants of up to
$1 million to assist regional and small publishers stay at the forefront
of the rapidly changing media environment.
The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund will provide up to $16
million in grants per year over three years to support the growth and
continuation of quality journalism in Australia.
Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield said these grants
will help regional and small publishers develop new business models and
practices to stay competitive.
“We need to sustain quality journalism in our regions to ensure all
Australians can access quality local news that is relevant to them,” Minister
"The media industry is undergoing a huge transition period and
regional and small publishers are feeling the pressure from new and emerging
digital platforms. These grants will help relieve that pressure by providing
extra funding to help them explore new options and remain competitive.”
Funding is available for projects such as purchasing or upgrading
equipment and software, developing apps, business activities that drive revenue
and readership and training.
The Fund will provide a total of $48 million over three years from
2018-19 to 2020-21 with the aim to enable these publishers to compete more
effectively and respond to the challenges of today’s media environment.
The Fund was announced as part of the Government’s comprehensive 2017
Broadcasting and Content Reform package and will be administered by the
Australian Communications and Media Authority who will run competitive funding
rounds each year.
Applications for the current round of funding close on 27 July
To submit and application or find out more about the Fund visit: www.acma.gov.au/theacma/innovation-fund-for-regional-and-small-publishers
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.