Donor: Democracy and Media Foundation (DMF)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Netherlands
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Human Rights
  • Media & Journalism
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) Objective

Do you want to contribute to independent media and a strong, just democratic state? Do you have an initiative that stimulates independent and critical media, or one that sustains or promotes a strong, and just democratic state? Does your initiative match their pillars of truth-seeking, innovation in media, fundamental rights and liberties, vigorous democracy or commemoration and remembrance? Then you are welcome to submit a project proposal.

Types of projects that the Democracy and Media Foundation supports include (but are not limited to): (1) Media productions (long-form) journalistic articles, books, documentaries, podcasts and web or TV series); (2) Digital journalistic platforms; (3) Strategic awareness campaigns; (4) Policy advocacy; (5) Strategic juridical litigation; (6) Cultural and art projects (installations, expositions, theater, etc.). These only qualify for funding by the Democracy and Media Foundation if they further the objectives of the foundation; (7) Lectures and debates (as long as they are rooted in a broader adaptation strategy); and (8) Trainings/capacity building.

2) Eligibility

The Democracy and Media Foundation provides financial support to organizations, projects and other initiatives that promote this mission.

3) Location

The foundation prioritizes projects and organizations with clear added value in the Netherlands. Within the Netherlands, preference goes out to projects with an international or national outlook, as well as local initiatives that are part of a broader strategy for change. Projects taking place outside the Netherlands are granted support only rarely. The foundation limits its support to organizations located in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Priority is granted to projects in countries were freedom of press and/or the democratic state based on the rule of law is under pressure.

4) Budget

Grant sizes for urgency requested are not specified.

5) Application

Urgency requests will be discussed during their weekly team meeting. Based on the submitted information, the proposal will be assessed (among others) on its topicality (current events) and they will decide if we consider it to be urgent enough to make an exception to their usual process. A positive outcome is only granted in rare occasions. There are no deadlines. Applications are submitted online.

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