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Emergency Support Fund for Investigative Journalists & Media Organisations to Ensure Media Freedom in the EU

Organisation: European Commission

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: €1,800,000

Deadline: 29/10/2021

  • Eligibility:
    – a consortium of legal entities;
    – non-profit organisations (private or public);
    – international organisations;
    – universities;
    – educational institutions;
    – research centres;
    – natural persons are not eligible except if: self-employed persons or equivalent (i.e. sole traders) where the company does not possess legal personality separate from that of the natural person or if they are part of a consortium. However, projects cannot be coordinated by a natural person.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: EU Member States
  • Application language: one of the EU official languages

The work of independent media organisations and investigative journalists is crucial to reveal wrongdoing throughout the Union and beyond its borders, including money laundering and corruption. Quality investigative journalism requires proper tools and resources. Yet, investigative journalists are extremely vulnerable professionals with very limited resources. The aim of this preparatory action is to create an emergency support fund for investigative journalists and media organisations to improve press and media freedom and to prevent violations thereof by supporting the production of quality independent journalistic content in the public interest, including through cross-border cooperation.

See here to learn more and apply.

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