Earmarked funding for Norwegian journalism

August 8 2018

The Fritt Ord Foundation is allocating up to MNOK 25 annually for four years for journalistic projects. The MNOK 100 initiative is entitled Norwegian Journalism.

For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the current demanding situation being experienced by the media, and thereby by the public sphere as a whole, we aspire to do even more to support and promote high-quality journalism in several fields.

The call for applications has seven deadlines for applications during the year. The next deadline is 8 August 2018, at 3 p.m. Applications should be submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation’s application centre.

Renewed initiative
The new initiative represents nearly a doubling of the Fritt Ord Foundation’s grants for journalism, which have totalled between MNOK 12 and 15 per year thus far. The scheme is in furtherance of the initiative Quality journalism in a new era, which ran from 2015 to 2017.

In addition to the funding set aside for the programme Norwegian Journalism, grants will still be made to central, journalism-related fields such as documentary films, documentary photos and journalistic factual prose. Please refer to the ordinary rounds of applications for these projects, as they are not under the purview of this scheme.

Application requirements
The Norwegian Journalism initiative is completely open when it comes to topics. When applying for project support, journalists, editors and editorial staffs are free to choose the topics and contents of their projects. The Foundation’s goal is to help facilitate projects that can become important parts of the social debate, for as many people as possible.

The projects should target the general public. Applicants may use any publication platform and are encouraged to be multi-medial. Any independent, editor-driven publication with Norwegian media users as its target group may apply. The applicants may be editorial boards or individuals, but all support should go to named individuals. We are open to new forms of cooperation between several editorial boards/groups of journalists, and freelancers with publication agreements are invited to apply.

We aspire to the highest possible degree to fund the creation of content to be published. Support for operating expenses, technical development projects and the acquisition of equipment will not be prioritised.

We ask that project outlines be as specific as possible, covering 3 to 5 pages, accompanied by brief attachments containing a publication schedule, information about other sources of funding, an overall project budget and a list of project team members with five lines of CV information on each.

Label the application “Norwegian Journalism” in the title field. For guidance with the application process, contact Executive Director Knut Olav Åmås at knut.olav.amas@frittord.no.

  • See here for list of the approximately 200 projects received support under the scheme Quality journalism in a new era – 2015-2017, the Foundation’s most recent journalism campaign.

  • Link to the press release about the initiative from September 2017.