GRANTS TO DIVERSIFY, STRENGTHEN & SUPPORT INNOVATION AMONG INDEPENDENT MEDIA INITIATIVES – SOUTHERN AFRICA

Key Information

  • Eligibility:
    •  being an independent media companies or non-profit organisation or a new venture less than a year old.
  • Funding amount: USD 5,000 to 15,000
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Application language: English

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) was established in 2017 by Media Development Investment Fund as a multi-year initiative to accelerate digital innovation and sustainability among select independent media outlets in South Africa.

The program now seeks to include a small number of new entrants from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe with the aim to diversify, strengthen and support innovation among independent media initiatives in Southern African countries, through a mix of project funding, technical support, and capacity building over a three-year period.

Funding focus areas 

  • Developing new approaches to reporting and storytelling that embrace the possibilities of technology.
  • Serving underserved audiences, especially along the lines of race, gender, age, income or location.
  • Supporting new models for distributing news that save costs, add value, or reach new audiences.
  • Creating new sources of revenue that can support media sustainability and independence.

See here to learn more and apply.