Supporting the media ecosystem


Applications are now closed.

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. 

Applications are now closed.

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 June 9, we’ve received more than 163 applications from over 25 countries. We’re thankful for the opportunity to support our grantees.

We're distributed the funds through two application rounds. Here are our 56 grantees from 17 markets.

Round 1

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)
Hipwee (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)

Round 2

Riau Online (Indonesia)
Roar Bangla (Bangladesh)
Ujyaalo (Nepal)
Nepal in Data (Nepal)
Matta News (Indonesia)
The Centrum Media (Pakistan)
Eguur (Mongolia)
News Now Bangla (Bangladesh)
GreenNews (Thailand) (Pakistan)
Soch Videos (Pakistan)
NOWnews (Taiwan)
Khabarhub (Nepal)
Solopos FM (Indonesia) (Pakistan)
The Current (Pakistan)
Pelita Sumsel (Indonesia) (Bangladesh)
Chin Journal (Myanmar)
Fajar Indonesia Network (Indonesia)
The Scoop (Brunei) (Indonesia)
Himalmedia (Nepal)
Kanal Bali (Indonesia)
What’s The Meta Today (Malaysia)
BusinessDesk (New Zealand)

How some of our 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