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Last year we funded 14 organisations in 13 countries.

Our aim is to expand this network, creating better local-level access to legal support for independent media who lack the financial means to access it at commercial rates.

 

The grants we award are usually for a 12-month period and range in size up to GBP25,000.

How to apply

Our application process has two stages. After creating an account on our secure online applications portal, you can submit your concept note. If your concept note is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. We have a number of resources to support your application.

We will give priority to proposals which

 

  • respond to a demonstrated need on the ground,
  • increase the geographical coverage of our support,
  • and are likely to have a high impact on media freedom.

Please note: we do not fund employment-related litigation or training of journalists.

If you are not sure 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.

Dates and Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please note decisions are based on the grantmaking selection criteria (link above) and availability of funding. We publish special calls for applications under the ‘News’ section of our website. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via grants@mediadefence.org.