Funding and Support for NGOs
The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is accepting concept notes from organisations across the world who seek funding for legal assistance or litigation activities that safeguard or advance media freedom.
As part of our work to help build a strong global legal defence network for independent media, MLDI makes grants to support organisations and projects that deliver legal support to journalists. Currently MLDI funds a small number of organisations based in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Central Europe, Africa and Central and South America. 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.
We are open to grant proposals for the following two programmes:
Media Legal Defence Centres
We provide financial assistance to media legal defence centres that have or wish to establish a legal aid unit that supports media defence.
Capacity Building and Training
We support the development of media law expertise and encourage lawyers to take up media cases by providing financial assistance for specialist media law training and workshops for lawyers.
Priority will be given to proposals that respond to a demonstrated need on the ground, increase the geographical coverage of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and are likely to have a high impact on protecting media freedom.
Please note that the Media Legal Defence Initiative 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 between GBP5,000 and GBP25,000.
The selection process consists of two phases:
I. Submission of a concept paper summarizing the project for which funding is sought.
II. Only those applicants whose concept papers have been shortlisted will be invited to submit a full application form.
If you are sure that your organisation's project complies with the guidelines above, please submit a concept note via our online application portal by clicking here:
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