Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund now open

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is announcing applications for grants of up to $1 million to assist South West small publishers to stay competitive in today’s changing media environment are now open.

The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund will provide up to $16 million in grants per year over three years to support the growth and continuation of quality public interest journalism in Australia.

Mrs Marino said the grants provide small publishers with a fantastic opportunity to remain at the cutting edge.

“These grants will open new doors for small publishers and help them keep up with the changing media environment,” Mrs Marino said.

“I strongly encourage South West small publishers to apply.

“The media industry is undergoing a huge transition period and regional and small publishers are feeling the pressure from new and emerging digital platforms.

“These grants will help relieve that pressure by providing extra funding to help them compete.”

Funding is available for projects such as purchasing or upgrading equipment and software, developing apps, business activities that drive revenue and readership and training.

The Fund was announced as part of the Government’s comprehensive 2017 Broadcasting and Content Reform package and will be administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority who will run competitive funding rounds each year.

Applications for the current round of funding close on 27 July 2018.

To submit an application or find out more about the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund visit: acma.gov.au/theacma/innovation-fund-for-regional-and-small-publishers