We are transparent about our funding sources. We ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions that we reach in our fact checks. The professional background of all our key figures can be reviewed on our Personnel page. Anyone can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FactCheckNI is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Northern Ireland at Companies House (Company Registration Number: NI660549). The company was established with the objective of improving fact checking and critical thinking skills in Northern Ireland. FactCheckNI is a non-profit, Community Interest Company (CIC), where all generated surplus income will be reinvested in the company.
Project funds come from charitable trusts, statutory bodies, and individual donations. None contribute to our editorial policy nor influence what we fact check.
The project costs mainly cover paying for staff (researchers, writers, and editors) and training services (trainers).
For the last financial period ended March 2019, project costs were £54,806.
On 1 April 2018, we were awarded a grant of 208,740 euros (c. £181,056) from the Horizon 2020 Programme at the European Commission. FactCheckNI is a full partner organisation of a research and development project — Co-inform — led by Stockholm University. The Co-inform project aims to create socio-technical solutions with citizens, journalists, and policymakers. The Co-inform project runs from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021.
On 17 April 2019, FactCheckNI joined Facebook’s Third Party Fact Checking programme, under which we receive payment for submitting certain fact check articles. For calendar year 2019, we received £10,752 under the programme.
In October 2020, FactCheckNI was awarded funding of £99,190.00 by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to conduct our work entitled “Empowering People Through Facts”. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) aims to fund work which will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. The project will run over a period of 24 months.
We encourage individuals to help us write more fact checks by donating to FactCheckNI.
Complimentary office space was provided by ESPA UK, which provides high quality work placements for EU students. We are grateful to Colin and Madeline Blackburn for giving us a home in Belfast.
We are always thankful for all of the interns and volunteers who give us their time and dedication. In particular, we wish to express our appreciation to the Washington-Ireland Program and its outstanding young people who devote their energy for us.
And to all our readers, Facebook likers, and Twitter retweeters, you help bring FactCheckNI alive — thank you!