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The government offers one-time support for local door-to-door papers (free local papers) and local public broadcasters that have been hit by the corona crisis (in Dutch). This measure has been introduced to prevent people becoming deprived of local information and news. The amount they can apply for depends on their circulation and reach.
Who can apply?
Local door-to-door papers (free local papers) and local public broadcasters can apply for this one-time financial support.
If you fulfil the requirements you will receive the support as a credit at first. SVDJ will retrospectively assess whether you spend the funds in the right manner. If this is the case the credit will be converted into a subsidy and you will not have to repay.
Depending on their circulation and reach they can apply for an amount of between €4,000 and several tens of thousands euros from a temporary fund totalling 11 million euros. Do you for instance have a local public broadcasting company with a reach of 20,000 households? You can apply for a credit of €6,000 in total. A door-to-door paper with a circulation of 20,000 can apply for a credit of €13,200.
How to apply?
Door-to-door papers and local public broadcasters can apply for financial support from 11 April 2020 through 19 April 2020 to the Dutch Journalism Fund (Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek, SVDJ, in Dutch). This support measure applies retroactively from 15 March 2020 for a period of 3 months.