Who can apply?


Each call notice specifies the detailed conditions for an applicant to be eligible.As a general rule, the following entities are eligible to be supported by the Fund:

Actions in support of Fact-Checking

Applicants shall be legal entities employing fact-checkers.

Proposals from individual entities are eligible if submitted by:

  1. Small-sized independent fact-checking and news media organisations with up to 50 employees, and up to € 10 million turnover or € 10 million total balance sheet
  2. Non-profit organisations
  3. Universities
  4. Research centres
  5. Educational institutions
  6. Non-governmental Organisations

Proposals from consortia are eligible if submitted by:

  1. Small-sized independent fact-checking and news media organisations with up to 50 employees, and up to € 10 million turnover or € 10 million total balance sheet
  2. Non-profit organisations
  3. Universities
  4. Research centres
  5. Educational institutions
  6. Non-governmental Organisations
  7. News media organisations, including for-profit entities of any status or size, on the condition that the consortium integrates one or more entities mentioned above under points (i) to (vi).

 

Multidisciplinary Investigations on Disinformation

Only proposals from groups of entities (partnership or consortia) are eligible, except if the promoter can duly justify that it owns or subcontracts the necessary skills and competence to properly carry out the project.

The following types of organisations may apply and be funded as promoters or partners:

  1. Non-profit organisations, including public service media;
  2. Universities;
  3. Educational institutions;
  4. Research centres;
  5. Non-governmental organisations;
  6. For-profit organisations of any status and size operating as fact-checkers, news media organisations or technology providers, on condition that the consortium integrates one or more entities mentioned above under points (i) to (v).

 

Research – Studies and Sandboxes

Only proposals from groups of entities (partnership or consortia) are eligible, except if the promoter can duly justify that it owns or subcontracts the necessary skills and competence to properly carry out the project.

The following types of organisations may apply and be funded as promoters or partners:

  1. Non-profit organisations, including public service media;
  2. Universities;
  3. Educational institutions;
  4. Research centres;
  5. Non-governmental organisations;
  6. For-profit organisations of any status and size operating as fact-checkers, news media organisations or technology providers, on condition that the consortium integrates one or more entities mentioned above under points (i) to (v).

 

Actions in support of Media Literacy

Only proposals from groups of entities (partnership or consortia) are eligible, except if the promoter can duly justify that it owns or subcontracts the necessary skills and competence to properly carry out the project.

The following types of organisations may apply and be funded as promoters or partners:

  1. Non-profit organisations, including public service media;
  2. Universities;
  3. Educational institutions;
  4. Research centres;
  5. Non-governmental organisations;
  6. Media literacy organisations;
  7. For-profit organisations of any status and size operating as fact-checkers, news media organisations or technology providers, on condition that the consortium integrates one or more entities mentioned above under points (i) to (vi).

 

Common eligibility rules (applicable to all types of projects)

  • State-controlled organisations other than universities, research centres, educational institutions and other non-profit-making organisations are not eligible to receive funding and therefore cannot apply individually or lead a consortium, but they may take part in the action at their own costs.
  • Affiliated entities to consortium members cannot be part of a consortium.
  • Natural persons may be part of a consortium, but the project cannot be coordinated by a natural person.
  • Only applications from entities established in the EU, EFTA or UK are eligible.