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Google Launches Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for COVID-19 Publishers

Google Launches Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for COVID-19 Publishers

Through the Google News Initiative, relief fund aids news outlets covering the virus

Small and medium-sized news organizations producing original content about the COVID-19 pandemic for their local communities could be eligible for money from Google.

The search engine announced a global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund through the Google News Initiative to support journalism during the crisis. Funds will range from the low thousands to tens of thousands depending on the size of the newsroom, according to Google.


The application window begins on April 15, 2020 and ends April 29, 2020. Google recommends submitting your application as soon as possible because the search engine plans to review them on a rolling basis.

There are some eligibility requirements for what kind of news outlets can apply for funding. For example, eligible organizations must be creating original news about the coronavirus, have had an operating digital presence for at least 12 months, and be in one of Google's specified regions. Click here to learn more about the relief fund's requirements and application process.

Google has also waived ad-serving fees for five months for news publishers using Ad Manager. Click here to learn more.

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