YouTube is officially starting to send out the first batch of payments to creators via its $100 Million Shorts Fund. Here’s all you need to know about YouTube Shorts Fund and its payments.

About YouTube Shorts Fund

The YouTube Shorts Fund is a $100M fund to reward creators for their dedication to making creative, original Shorts that delight the YouTube community. YouTube will reach out to thousands of creators each month to tell them that they qualify for a Shorts bonus from the fund. The funds will be distributed to eligible creators over the course of 2021 and 2022.

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To be eligible for a bonus from the YouTube Shorts Fund:
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-Channels need to have uploaded at least one eligible Short in the last 180 days.

-Channels need to abide by YouTube’s Community Guidelines, copyright rules, and monetization policies.

-Channels uploading videos with watermarks or logos from third-party social media platforms, non-original videos (for example, unedited clips from movies or TV shows), or videos reuploaded from other creator’s channels will not be eligible.

-Creators must be in one of these countries/regions:
Brazil; India; Indonesia; Japan; Mexico; Nigeria; Russia; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States

-Creators must be 13 or older in the United States, or the age of majority in their country/region.

-Creators 13–18 years old must have a parent or guardian accept terms and set up an AdSense account for payment when one isn’t already linked to their channel.


Each month YouTube will notify thousands of Shorts creators to claim a bonus from the Shorts Fund based on their channel’s Shorts’ performance in the previous month. Qualifying creators will be informed the same via an email and notification in the YouTube app after the first week of each month.  Creators need to claim their bonus by the 25th of each month, or else it may expire.

How Much Can A Creator Earn?

YouTube channels that qualify can receive between $100–$10,000 each month. “Bonuses are adjusted based on the location of a creator’s audience. As a result, the viewership and engagement needed to qualify may differ between creators.

Watch this official video from YouTube Creators to know all of the info about the YouTube Shorts Fund.