The Innovation and Development Grant Scheme for News and Current Affairs Media

Norwegian Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

One of the proposals from the Media Diversity Commission, which submitted its report to the Norwegian Government in March 2016, was to implement a new grant scheme for editorial innovation for news and current affairs media. A grant scheme for such projects was implementet in 2018. It is mainly directed at small local news and current affairs media. The smaller local news media have often fallen behind digitally, and do not have the resources to innovate and develop new digital products. The goal of the support scheme is to strengthen media diversity by stimulating editorial, content-oriented innovation and development in news and news media. The scheme is managed by the Norwegian Media Authority.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In 2018, 18 projects received a total of 7 million NOK. The Media Authority received 71 applications, which suggests that there is a need for this type of project support in the media sector. In 2019, 24 projects received a total of 10 million NOK. 98 per cent of the total amount was allocated to propjects from small and local news media. Because of the number of applications and positive feedback from the media sector, the Storting (the national parliament) has decided to double the eligible amount in 2020 to 20 million NOK.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

20 million Norwegian Kroner (NOK) in 2020.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Norwegian Media Authority
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts