The COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Open Fund is aimed at supporting journalistic efforts to fact-check misinformation about the COVID-19 immunization process that specifically seek to support audiences that are underserved by fact-checking or targeted by misinformation.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Open Fund is open to news organizations of every size, both for profit and nonprofit, publishing on any medium (digital, print, video, etc) that aim to produce original journalistic content. Applicants can be individual organizations or coalitions of publishers, both formal and informal.
All applicants should have a proven track record in fact-checking and debunking activities or partner with an organisation with such recognition. Evidence that third parties recognize the organization as a fact-checker will be required in the application, with membership of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) being the most prominent.
Projects must be ready to launch as soon as possible and no later than April 15, 2021. They should be fully realized within 12 months of obtaining the funding.
Projects must set out to detect, debunk and effectively countenance misinformation about the COVID-19 immunization process. Successful projects will show that they can serve a broad audience with effective corrective content about COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.
The core output of any project will be accurate, timely and accessible fact checks of harmful false claims about COVID-19 immunization. Projects must aim to reach a far broader (or different) audience than would otherwise be reached.
This might mean exponentially growing the audience of an existing fact-checking project, or developing new formats for corrective content, or tracking fact checks against their related misinformation to understand how those reached by both respond to the conflicting pieces of information.
Projects will be evaluated against seven main criteria.
- Impact assessment framework
- Expected reach
- Underserved audiences strategy
- Feasibility and urgency
The application window opens on January 12th, 2021 at 6:00 PT and closes on January 31, 2021 at 23:59 PT. You will be asked to provide descriptions, detailed project plans and budget information via our online application form.
The Fund will make up to USD $3,000,000 available for projects which demonstrate a clear potential to provide effective corrective tools and content to counterbalance COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $1,000,000 each, covering up to 80% of the total overall budget of the project.
Applicants cannot ask for an amount higher than 50% of their annual total income (Please note, this should reflect the combined annual income of partners for collaborative projects and include revenue generated as well as donations, philanthropy support etc).