2021 Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge for Middle East, Turkey & Africa

Deadline: April 12, 2021.

The second GNI Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region focuses on reader engagement and new business models in any form. It follows the highly successful first round of the Challenge for the region which saw 21 projects from 13 countries receive $1.93 million in funding.


  1. The Middle East, Turkey & Africa GNI Innovation Challenge is open to organizations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem.
  2. Incorporated organizations need to be incorporated in one of the eligible countries within (countries listed in Terms & Conditions) in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa.
  3. Unincorporated organizations need to be registered in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa or, if unregistered, have their principal place of business based in the region.
  4. They encourage innovative projects – focused on but not limited to – the areas below:
  • Business Models
  • Distribution
  • Interface
  • Social
  • Workflow


Google will fund up to $150,000 for selected projects. 

OFFICIAL LINK: https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/innovation-challenges/how-to-apply/mea/

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