Your invitation to apply for a micro-grant

News for newsrooms.

Hi there!

Got an idea for a story you want to pursue and need some extra resources to make it happen? LINA members can now apply for up to $2,000 to help get a specific story or series produced and published.

LINA seeks to strengthen public interest journalism in Australia and support local newsrooms to grow their capability for reporting. Journalism that is investigative, solutions-oriented, features court reporting and/or focuses on the machinery of government often requires a higher level of resourcing than other forms of journalism, including a larger investment of time for researching and verification. This grant opportunity draws on funds provided by the Commonwealth Government to help newsrooms pursue specific stories that are unlikely to be covered in other media. 

You must have a current LINA membership to be eligible for a micro-grant.

Your application must describe a specific story, or series which could reasonably be described as:

  • Solutions journalism: investigates and explains how people try to solve widely shared problems, ie responses to problems that are newsworthy; 
  • Public interest journalism: reporting that pursues information that the public has a right to know, ie holding power to account. “Generally understood to be things that promote and support the proper functioning of society, and things that enable individuals to properly exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens and members of society.” – Alan Sunderland, The Ten Rules of Reporting, Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2022, page 45;
  • Justice/Court reporting: journalism focused on events and actions within the justice system;
  • Investigative journalism: deep reporting on a single topic of interest; And/or
  • A collaborative reporting project involving two or more newsroom partners. 

Content must be produced and published within 3 months (approx. 90 days) of funding being approved.

A total of $100,000 is available until funds are exhausted. Applications can request a maximum of $2,000 with most requests expected to be in the $500-$750 range. 

Publishers may apply to this fund multiple times, however LINA will endeavour to support as many members as possible with the funds available. Dependent on demand, LINA may decline applications in favour of members who have received less support through this program.  

We’ve tried to keep the application process as simple as possible. Just tell us about your story idea and what you need to pay for to get it done (eg. freelancer fees, small equipment, procurement of reports, images and photography… there’s a whole list of what you can and can’t pay for on our website). We’ll confirm receipt within 24 hours and get a response back to you asap, maximum 14 day turnaround.

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