We are transparent about our funding sources. We ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions that we reach in our fact checks.
Our Funders to date
- European Commission
FactCheckNI was a full partner organisation of a research and development project — Co-inform — led by Stockholm University, as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme at the European Commission. The Co-inform project aims to create socio-technical solutions with citizens, journalists, and policymakers. The Co-inform project ran from April 2018 to October 2021. FactCheckNI received a total grant of 223,304 euros (c. £191,723).
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 the calendar year 2021, we received £5,340 under the programme.
- Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
In October 2020, FactCheckNI was awarded funding of £99,190 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.
- Department of Finance
In July 2021, we were awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Open Data project sponsored by the Northern Ireland Department of Finance. The project ran until January 2022.
- Politics in Action
FactCheckNI was commissioned to deliver training services as part of a project by Politics in Action, which began in October 2021. To date, we have received payment of £1,200.
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 April 2021, project costs were £53,356.