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CFPs: Independent Media Organizations Investing in Audience Strategies Grant

Organisation: International Fund for Public Interest Media

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Media support

Funding Size: $250,000

Deadline: 01/07/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Be an established legal entity that is none of the following: a publicly listed and/or traded company, a subsidiary of a larger organization or corporation with significant activities outside media, majority-owned by an active political actor;
    – Meet the International Fund’s definition of public interest media and focus on publishing original, public interest content;
    – Operate in one or more of the 40 eligible countries;
    – Have total annual costs of at least $300,000 USD in the most recent fiscal year;
    – Have existed and continuously published for more than three years;
    – Not have distributed dividends to shareholders in the last three years;
    – Have net income below 5% of total income (average over 3 years) and a cash runway of less than 12 months;
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Global
  • Application Language: English

The International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM) has announced a global open call for proposals to support independent media organizations investing in audience strategies to better serve the public.

Grants awarded through this call are intended to provide funding to enable plans for reaching and engaging new and existing audiences.

The selection process will prioritize independent media organizations that play a vital role in producing and disseminating public interest journalism in the countries where they work and that are facing a difficult financial situation as result of local market conditions. The International Fund will also seek to ensure geographic balance across its current set of focus countries.

Funding Information

A total of at least $5 million in grant funding will be available globally through this open call. Individual grants awarded to media organizations will provide approximately $250,000 USD in funding over a period of 24 months. Applicants should take the approximate grant size into consideration when developing their proposals.

Eligible countries

Media organisations operating in each of the International Fund’s 40 focus countries will be eligible to apply for funding.

  • Africa and Middle East: Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Tunisia.
  • Asia and Pacific: Bhutan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pacific Islands (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu), Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Timor Leste.
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

See here to learn more and apply.

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