Google’s five-year commitment will support media literacy and fact-checking initiatives, as well as research projects on online disinformation. In its announcement, the company encourages “other organisations to follow our lead and support this important work."
The European Media and Information Fund (read more here about its establishment) will provide competitive grants to researchers, fact-checkers, not-for-profits and other public interest-oriented organisations working on disinformation research, media literacy and fact-checking.
The Fund is managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the European University Institute (EUI). The European Digital Media Observatory at the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance will act as independent advisor in the formulation of calls for proposals, as well as in the evaluation and selection of projects.
The European Media and Information Fund is open for donations by multiple donors, who will not be involved in the management or governance of the Fund.