The Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), in partnership with Meta, is accepting proposals for the Spread the Facts Grant Program.
This new initiative will distribute US$800,000 in grant support to verified fact-checking organisations working to combat false and misleading information on WhatsApp.
Fact-checking organisations are eligible for grants up to US$50,000 to fight misinformation.
Eligible applicants must demonstrate the capacity to increase the distribution and promotion of fact-checks to reach new audiences, increase the scale, efficiency, or workflow of fact-checking, deploy new solutions and tools to address misinformation or facilitate fact-checking collaboration across newsrooms through technology.
In addition to monetary support, grantees will also receive exposure at Global Fact 10, in 2023, the IFCN’s annual global fact-checking summit that unites creators, consumers.and champions of fact-based reporting.
Through this initiative, grantees have an opportunity to connect with experts across the integrity ecosystem, providing access to mentorship, collaboration, and a support network.
Interested applicants must be signatories of the IFCN’s Code of Principles.
Fact-checking organisations and consortiums looking to establish a presence or increase fact-checking capacity on WhatsApp Business can receive US$25,000.
Verified signatories with existing operations on WhatsApp API can receive US$50,000.
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 13, 2022. Interested applicants can apply here.
Blessing Otoibhi is a Multimedia Journalist and Anchor host for the News in 60 seconds at The International Center For Investigative Reporting. You can shoot her a mail via Botoibhi@icirnigeria.org or connect on Twitter @B_otoibhi