Scope. The IFCN flash grant provides an immediate injection of funds to a fact-checking project that seems likely to have a high impact.
Who should apply. APAC fact-checking projects* that expect a high return from this investment.
The goal is to provide a limited but rapid boost to fact-checkers that have a concrete idea but need limited resources to implement them quickly. Applicants should think of this bursary as seed funding to get started (no additional funding will be made available).
How much is available. US$ 10,000
What can this bursary be used for. Funding can be used to cover any operational or project-specific costs. How the money will be spent is far less relevant than what the applicants expect to achieve.
- Applications open Monday July 23
- Deadline for applicants Monday August 13
- Interviews Thursday August 16
- Winner announced Monday August 20
How to apply. Apply via this form.
Evaluation. Evaluation will be conducted by IFCN staff according to the following criteria:
- Expected impact of the project (3 points)
- Clarity of the indicators and targets (3 points)
- Track record and existing results of the organization/team (3 points)
- Ambition (1 point)
- Bonus: participation in the relevant IFCN/GNL workshop of July 22 (1 point)
The three projects with the highest score will be invited to a Skype interview.
What do we expect from the winning fact-checking project.
- A two-page narrative report on the indicators and targets (six and twelve months after the grant is assigned).
- Verification as a signatory of the IFCN code of principles by the end of the project.
- Publication of at least 3 fact checks a week for the duration of the project.
*Fact-checking for the scope of this grant is defined as the act of publishing nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. This bursary will be made available in association with four workshops IFCN and Google News Lab are holding in 2018. Each round will be announced in association with the related workshop. The first flash grant was awarded to La Voce in Italy.