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Journalist Fund

Applications for stream 1 closed on 20 April 2022. While the Government had aimed to make funding announcements in July 2022, some delays in the process have meant that announcements are now expected to be made by October 2022. We apologise for this delay and any inconvenience it may have caused.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $10 million (GST exclusive) in grants to support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia. A total of $8 million is available for hiring cadets and $2 million is available for upskilling journalists.

Grant funding is available through two funding streams:

  • stream 1: Cadetships—will support eligible regional media organisations to hire new cadet journalists who will be funded for two years.
  • stream 2: Training—Funds to support regional media organisations to upskill existing journalists. Guidelines for stream 2 training grants will be released separately.

Eligible grant activities include:

  • The selection and onboarding of a new cadet journalist
  • The employment of a new cadet journalist

Opportunities to apply for the $2 million Training stream (stream 2) of the Journalist Fund will be announced following the opening of the present Cadetship grant funding.

Applications for stream 1 closed on 20 April 2022.

More information

Guidelines are now available and can be found at GrantConnect.

The Journalist Fund, will support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia.