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YouTube Partner Program open to more creators with new fan funding tier

Today YouTube announced a new fan funding partnership level that lets creators start earning money with fewer subscribers, views and watch time than the full YouTube Partner Program.

In September 2022, YouTube announced their plans to expand the YouTube Partner Program to more creators in 2023. That included:
  • Expand advertising revenue sharing to Shorts
  • Create a new fan funding-only YouTube Partner Program level
Shorts feed revenue sharing launched in February.

And with today’s announcement, YouTube is now offering a fan funding-only monetization tier.

Note that this update does not affect channels that are already in the YouTube Partner Program.
Get an update of the new YouTube Partner Program fan funding eligibility requirements and features (watch on YouTube):

YouTube Monetization Options

If your YouTube channel is approved for the YouTube Partner Program, you will be able to monetize your videos in a number of different ways.

Fan Funding Tier

Full Monetization Tier

  • All the fan funding monetization options
  • Ad revenue sharing
  • Revenue from YouTube Premium subscriptions

Monetized channels with at least 20,000 subscribers (US only)

  • All the fan funding monetization options
  • Ad revenue sharing and YouTube Premium subscription revenue
  • YouTube Shopping Affiliate Program: tag products in your videos from “popular brands and retailers”

How to Qualify to the YouTube Partner Program

To qualify for the fan funding-only level of the YouTube Partner Program, your channel must have:
  • At least 500 subscribers
  • At least 3 valid public uploads in the past 90 days
  • One of the following:
    • At least 3000 hours valid public watch time in the past year
    • OR at least 3 Million Shorts valid views in the past 90 days
For ad revenue sharing, your channel must additionally have:

  • At least 1000 subscribers
  • One of the following:
    • At least 4000 hours valid public watch time in the past year
    • OR at least 10 Million Shorts valid views in the past 90 days
Check the Earn tab in your YouTube Studio ( or the YouTube Studio mobile app to see how close your channel is to those eligibility requirements. You can choose to be notified when your channel is eligible.

If your channel is approved for the YouTube Partner Program fan funding tier, it will not have to go through the full approval process again when it meets the eligibility requirements for the ad revenue sharing.

Additional Requirements for the YouTube Partner Program

To monetize your YouTube channel there are several additional requirements:

Two-step verification enabled on your Google account that you use to sign in to YouTube, to keep it secure. 
Connect to an active AdSense account to get paid.
  • You are only allowed to be a payee on one AdSense account - if you already have an AdSense account, do not create a new one! 
  • If you previously had an AdSense account disabled, you are not allowed to create a new AdSense account.
No active Community Guidelines strikes
Your content should also follow:

What are valid public watch hours and valid Shorts views?

Note that “valid public watch hours” only includes watch time from long form videos that are currently public on your YouTube channel. It does not include watch time from:
  • Private videos (or videos you have made private)
  • Unlisted videos (or videos you have made unlisted)
  • Deleted videos (even if they had watch time before they were deleted)
  • Ad campaigns
  • Shorts videos
  • Live streams that are not archived as a public video on demand for replay (watch time while live streaming does count, as long as the video has a public archive. That's rolling out right now, June 2023.  source)
Eligible Shorts views for calculating revenue do not include:
  • Non-original Shorts (including uploads of movies or TV shows, other creators content, compilations with no original content)
  • Artificial or fake views (including click or scroll bots, purchased traffic, or having your friends run your videos all day long). More information.
  • Shorts that do not meet the advertiser-friendly content guidelines

Countries where the YouTube Partner Program is Available

The new fan funding tier of the YouTube Partner Program is only currently available in:
  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
It is expected that it will be available in more countries in the future.

Update August 2023: This is now rolling out to creators in 
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
French Guiana
Hong Kong
Puerto Rico
Saudi Arabia

The full YouTube Partner Program is available in more than 100 countries.
See the full list of countries where the YouTube Partner program is available.

If you want to know when your channel is eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, go to the Earn tab in YouTube Studio and select the option to get notified.

Learn More

Previously: New YouTube Monetization options coming in 2023

Announcement: From Fan Funding to Shopping: More ways for creators to earn on YouTube

YouTube Help Center: YouTube Channel Monetization Policies