Supporting the media ecosystem

Supporting the media ecosystem

In our recent Splice Lights On survey of financial conditions at media orgs, we found that over 40% of media orgs expect to start cutting jobs in the next 12 months to reduce costs. Many have already started cutting back on the number of freelancers they commission. 

Splice is working with Facebook to distribute $5,000 micro-grants in support of small- to mid-sized news orgs and their freelancers in Asia financially affected by Covid-19. 

We’re providing these grants to the organizations directly, so that they’re able to continue working with freelancers as part of their operations. 

These funds were initially allocated to the Splice Beta Fund for prototyping projects; we’re re-assigning a portion of it to support business operations at this critical juncture.

As of May 27, we’ve received more than 116 applications from over 24 countries. We’re thankful for the opportunity to support our grantees.

We're distributing the funds on a rolling basis. Here are the first thirty grantees.

Saigoneer (Vietnam)
Eyepress News Agency (Hong Kong)
Probe Media Foundation (Philippines) (Indonesia)
Hong Kong Free Press (Hong Kong)
Echelon Media (Sri Lanka)
Tribal News Network (Pakistan)
Roar Media (Sri Lanka) (Indonesia)
Lensa Indonesia Global Media (Indonesia)
Hipweee (Indonesia) (Singapore) (Indonesia)
Khonumthung Media Group (Myanmar)
Aksara Solopos (Indonesia)

Southeast Asia Globe (Cambodia)
Development Media Group (Myanmar)
ArtsEquator (Singapore)
Trident Media (Malaysia)
Wildtype Media Group (Singapore)
Mothership (Singapore)
New Naratif (Malaysia)
The News Lens (Taiwan)
Indus Broadcasting (Pakistan)
Amanz Media (Malaysia)
The Story Kitchen (Nepal)
Initium Media (Hong Kong)
Our Grandfather Story (Singapore) (Indonesia)
Tana Bana (Nepal)

How some of grantees are using the funds


  • Creating stories on photo essays on Covid
  • Combatting misinformation about Covid
  • Profiling people who’ve recovered from the pandemic
  • Writing stories on how cities are lifting restrictions from the lockdown
  • Covering the economic struggles of small businesses
  • Starting a daily Covid newsletter
  • Reporting on the stigmatization of corona patients
  • Covering domestic violence against women
Are you eligible?
  • Our goal is to provide micro-grants in support of small- to mid-sized newsrooms and their freelancers in Asia. Your media company must have demonstrated leadership and creativity in covering the crisis and delivered quality, trusted reporting to your community.

  • As a media org, you must be in at least your second year of operations.
  • You must be based in Asia. If your country isn’t in the countries dropdown in the application form, it means either you’re not based in Asia or you’re in a country we cannot send funds to for legal reasons. Sorry.
  • You must be a registered business entity to be able to receive grant funds into a corporate entity (ie, not a personal bank account).
  • You must be legally able to accept funds for media-related work.

Help us get you the support you need.