Media legal defence centres

As part of our work to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media, MLDI provides financial assistance to organisations that have or wish to establish a legal aid unit. Currently, MLDI can only fund a small number of organisations. Our aim is to expand this network and achieve better local-level access to legal assistance for independent media outlets, journalists and bloggers who lack the financial means to access legal support at commercial rates.

Priority will be given to proposals that respond to a demonstrated need on the ground, increase the geographical coverage of the MLDI and are likely to have a high impact on protecting media freedom.

Please note that MLDI does not provide funding for employment-related litigation or for the training of journalists.

Grants awarded by MLDI are usually for a 12-month period and range in size up to GBP25,000.

If you are unsure whether you qualify, please submit an application or get in touch and our staff will advise you.

Our current grantmaking selection criteria are available here

How to apply

All applicants are required to fill out the appropriate Grant Application forms via our online application. The first stage of the application is a concept note to be submitted via our online application. If this is approved you will be invited to submit a full application.

Dates and Deadline

For consideration of your grant application in February 2017, please submit your concept note by 6pm GMT on Monday 28 November 2016. If you are invited to submit a full application, this must be submitted by 6pm GMT on Monday 2 January 2017.

For consideration of your grant application in May 2017, please submit your concept note by 6pm GMT on Monday 13 February 2017. If you are invited to submit a full application, this must be submitted by 6pm GMT on Monday 13 March 2017.

Submit an application