Community Media Fund
Across the African continent, a large and growing community media sector provides a unique and significant service to many citizens. These outlets make available news and information to, and about, local and provincial communities that are often not reached or well covered by traditional media. Often, they are the only media providing coverage in local languages. Community media include those that operate as private enterprises, as well as those run by educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs).
The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) providing critical philanthropic support to enhance citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to hold officials accountable and to urge support for policies and practices that promote inclusive economic and human development. In its first two rounds of grants, the CMF has awarded 15 grants to organizations in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
These grants to key organizations are intended to strengthen citizen journalism, enhance the financial literacy of citizens, improve public access to relevant data and build the capacity of community media to improve governance and accountability.
Eligible organizations must be Africa-focused and headquartered, and meet the following criteria:
- Civil society organization (CSO)/non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting community media; or
- Media training institution; or
- Community media outlet, including an outlet affiliated with educational institutions; or
- Network of community media; or
- CSO/NGO supporting initiatives that increase the visibility of emerging nontraditional reporters; or a
- CSO/NGO focusing on transparency, accountability and financial literacy at the community level.
Additionally, applicants must:
- Be registered in good standing in accordance with their national and local laws.
- Be directly responsible for the preparation, implementation and management of the proposed project.
- Have a bank account, and be willing to open a separate account for the grant and
- Have certified financial audit reports.
BMIA has also provided CMF grantees with a series of webinars and resources to help them understand and cover COVID-19, continue their professional development and enhance their capacity to complete their CMF projects successfully. A special set of grants were also made in 2020 to support the creation of public service announcements to educate the public about COVID-19 to prevent its spread.
The CMF is administered for Bloomberg and the Ford Foundation by the East Africa regional office of HIVOS, a global non-profit development organization.
For details about eligibility and application requirements when they are finalized, please indicate your interest and provide complete contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.