Democracy and Media Foundation Grant Program

Call for Proposals
Required Skill: 
Last date: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

Do you have an initiative that stimulates independent and critical media,
or one that sustains or promotes a strong, and just democratic state?
If yes, then you are welcome to submit a project proposal for Democracy and Media Foundation’s grants.

The Democracy and Media Foundation is seeking proposals
for its grant program with an aim to counter totalitarian phenomena in
social and political life, while striving for a vigorous democracy and
independent, multifaceted, opinionating media.

Project Objectives

Objective 1: Stimulating independent, critical media

  • Pillar: Truth-seeking 
    • Priority: investigative journalism relevant for public interest,
      preferably aimed at reducing or dismantling threats to our fundamental
  • Pillar: Media innovation
    • Priority: Developing innovative business and distribution models.
    • Priority: Researching and/or responding to new power dynamics in today’s media landscape.
    • Priority: Innovative approaches to journalism that garner a steady
      following of readers who are interested in stories supporting the
      objectives of the Democracy and Media Foundation.

Objective 2: Guaranteeing and upholding a strong, just constitutional democracy

  • Pillar: Fundamental rights and liberties 
    • Priority: Initiatives concerned with freedom of speech.
    • Priority: Initiatives concerned with the ban on discrimination and racism.
    • Priority: Initiatives concerned with respect for (digital) privacy and civil rights.
  • Pillar: Vigorous democracy
    • Priority: Developing new inclusive democratic practices in a way
      that suits the digital era of informed citizens with diverse
    • Priority: Contributing to increasing accountability of governments, companies and social institutions.
  • Pillar: Commemoration and Remembrance (always with a direct and
    substantial link to today). Priorities for initiatives which pay
    attention to: 
    • the history of resistance newspaper Het Parool
    • events that took place during the Second World War
    • the history of Dutch slavery and the colonial past of the Netherlands
    • resistance against totalitarian power in general

Funding Information

  • The average amount granted by the Democracy and Media Foundation per project is €15.000.
  • The foundation will request an audit report on the financial reports for projects that receive €50.000 or more.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Democracy and Media Foundation only supports projects and initiatives that:
    • meet a demonstrable need
    • are embedded in a broader strategy for change
    • are based on a clear and solid plan, and for which it is likely that (selfdefined) goals will be reached
    • are embedded among the people the project pertains to (if applicable)
  • The foundation prioritizes projects and organizations
    with clear added value in the Netherlands. Within the Netherlands,
    preference goes out to projects with an international or national
    outlook, as well as local initiatives that are part of a broader
    strategy for change.
  • Projects taking place outside the Netherlands are granted support only rarely.
  • The foundation limits its support to organizations located in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
  • Priority is granted to projects in countries were freedom of press
    and/or the democratic state based on the rule of law is under pressure.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK), Vatican City (Holy See).

For more information, please visit Democracy and Media Foundation.

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