Since its beginning, the Digital News Initiative, Google’s commitment to provide 150 million euros to support innovation in the European Journalism Sector, has so far attracted 73.5 million euros in 359 ambitious digital journalism projects in 29 countries. The Fund is designed to reward without commitment those looking for space and money to experiment.

This year’s round of applications will be open for the next 4 weeks.

Having reached half of its commitment, Google announces the launch of the fourth round of applications of the Digital News Initiative. This year’s round of applications will be open for the next 4 weeks, with a deadline of 12 October (23:59 CEST).

Focused on monetization for medium and large projects

The fourth round of the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund will be slightly different from the previous rounds for applicants submitting proposals for medium and large projects. Google has understood that monetization is one of the biggest challenges faced by newsgroup publishers. For this reason, for the fourth round of funding, Google requires all medium and large projects to submit a plan for monetization, with clear indicators that highlight the momentum that has the task of creating added value in the business. Note that Original Projects do not have to meet the monetization criterion and, as in the previous rounds, will be innovative.

How to apply

For more details, visit the DNI website, which includes eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, terms, conditions, and application forms. Applications must be submitted in English and the submission deadline is October 12, 2017. In addition, Google will present a live online hangout in cooperation with the DNI Innovation Fund team on Tuesday 26 September at 3pm CEST to share with you experience of the first three rounds of the applications and will explain what is new in the Fourth Round.

The next recipients of the Prizes will be announced by the end of this year.

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