The government is pumping $55 million into public interest journalism over the next three years.
Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi, launched the fund in Dunedin on Friday.
NZ On Air will administer the contestable funding, which will support projects that fill a public interest service and may otherwise be at risk of not produced without the fund's support.
In the current financial year $10 million will be available, increasing to $25m in 2021/22 and $20m the following year.
Faafoi said grassroots public-interest journalism had been in decline and had struggled for the past decade or more.