Community Media Fund
The role of media and journalism is not confined to news organizations, broadcasting companies or governments — within Africa, a large and growing community media sector is linked to enterprises, civil society, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on issues of transparency, accountability and governance.
The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) to enhance citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to support policies and practices that drive inclusive economic and human development locally, regionally and nationally. The CMF will make disbursements to grantees in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
What are we looking for?
The CMF seeks to award grants to key civil society organizations, community media and non-governmental organizations in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa 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 through analysis and reporting.
Concept notes from eligible organizations that are implementing interventions in the following thematic areas are currently being accepted:
- Producing and disseminating media content about their host communities and/or
- Focusing on transparency and accountability, financial journalism, financial literacy, greater access to data, social justice or investigative reporting.
Who is eligible to apply?
Eligible grant applicants must:
- Be an Africa-focused and headquartered:
- 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.
- Be registered in good standing in accordance with the relevant laws of Kenya or Nigeria or South Africa.
- Be directly responsible for the preparation, implementation and management of the proposed project.
- Have prior experience carrying out activities in priority areas of this RFP, specifically:
- producing and disseminating media content on their host communities; and/or
- focusing on transparency and accountability, financial journalism, financial literacy, greater access to data, social justice or investigative reporting.
- Have a bank account and be willing to open a separate account for the grant and
- Have certified financial audit reports.
For more details on eligibility and application requirements for the CMF’s call for concept notes, please click here.