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Core Support for Independent Media in the Southern Neighbourhood

Organisation: European Union

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression

Funding Size: Up to €20,000

Deadline: 13/02/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    Eligible applicants include:
    – Media start-ups; journalism incubators;
    – Innovative media initiatives;
    – Non-profit and for-profit media organizations; and
    – Individual journalists (freelancers) and entrepreneurs, journalist collectives.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria
  • Application language: English

Maharat Foundation in collaboration with Free Press Unlimited (FPU), is launching an opportunity to apply for an innovation grant within a program called “Core Support for Independent Media in the Southern Neighborhood” with the support of the European Union.

The overall objective of the grant is to provide short-term, small-scale funding for projects that can advance new or scale-up promising media innovations and/or interesting media/journalism collaborations seeking to build a media business and serve local and often under-served audiences (e.g. teenagers/young adults, women/girls, marginalized communities/regions, people with a disability) with independent quality information.

The specific objective is to pay attention to the unusual suspects and embrace new entrants to the sector, with an emphasis on supporting innovative projects that lead by example in the Southern Neighborhood.

The following are eligible activities to receive the grants:

  • Technical innovations for newsrooms;
  • Projects stimulating, generating or receiving independent data for journalism;
  • Testing/developing cross-media formats, solution-based/constructive journalism approaches;
  • Increasing audience engagement with content producers and increasing dialogue (post-production
  • Experiments to increase the monetisation of journalistic content.

See here to learn more and apply.

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