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Transformative Media Partnership Grant

Organisation: UK Centre for Disaster Protection

Status: Closed

  • Grant

Funding Size: £120,000

Deadline: 02/03/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    All applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria to apply. If they apply in a consortium, this includes applicants who will be receiving funds through a lead partner:
    – Be legally registered in the country of establishment;
    – Be non-governmental and not-for-profit;
    – Have strong financial accounting systems, including the ability to manage external funds;
    – Have at least one annual audit report; and
    – Have experience in the key thematic and/or geographical areas addressed by this call or be able to demonstrate outreach capacity to operate in the area independently or with partners.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target country: Worldwide
  • Application language: English

The UK Prime Minister’s Centre for Disaster Protection (The Centre) is inviting organisations interested in communicating and amplifying the issues in the nexus of development, humanitarian, and climate finance to respond to this request for proposals (RfP) to help deliver the Transformative Media Partnership project.

The Transformative Media Partnership project aims to promote better-informed demand on the part of crisis-affected and at-risk low- and middle-income countries. The Centre is launching a ten-month journalistic fellowship project to support a cohort of storytellers (with the potential to both extend and scale the programme).

The support from the Transformative Media Partnership will consist of individual grants for journalism and training (provided by the Centre).

The programme will award grants to practicing or emerging journalists focusing on any low- or middle-income country or a small island state, although the Partner is welcome to propose a regional focus. The grants are not restricted to a type of journalism, and the journalists should have complete editorial independence in producing stories, including written, video, audio, data journalism, and photographic entries.

The partnership aspires to be transformative and shift power by starting to disrupt the status quo in at least two ways:

  • Transform the story that treats disasters as surprises and where narratives represent narrow views, Western bias, or are framed in the interests of those holding power (e.g. Granger, 2021; Pointer & Matsiko, 2022)
  • Speak truth to power by holding national, regional, and/or international actors and/or the global crisis finance system to account for decision-making, promoting the voices and interests of those most at risk or vulnerable to the impact of disasters.

Ultimately, the project aims to invest in context-specific journalism that drives public demand and improved accountability for inclusive, high-quality disaster risk finance and to nurture a diverse talent pipeline. The project’s success will be measured through relevant agreed indicators.

The partnership should foster two-way knowledge transfer and learn with opportunities built into the contract for the Centre to have its capacity built around funding journalism in disaster-affected countries.

See here to learn more and apply.

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