MediaDev Fundraising Guide
The GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide is designed to help anyone seeking funding for media development or journalism support projects.
The Guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
If your organisation is planning to apply for media development or journalism support funding, the GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide is for you.
We hope that the Guide will provide insight into a variety of application models, take you through the project design process, and help you submit better - and ultimately more successful - funding proposals.
This Guide is for anyone applying for media development and journalism support funding.
It aims to be comprehensive, and support individuals and organisations making their first applications as well as provide a refresher for more experienced fundraisers.
Obviously, some sections will be more relevant than others depending on the size and nature of your organisation. We are in the process of adding examples and case studies to illustrate how to adapt the guidance depending on your circumstances.
If you feel that your type of organisation has not been properly catered for, or, if you have a case study or insight to contribute, we want to hear from you!
The Guide is designed to be read sequentially with each module building on the previous modules.
To use the Guide in this way, simply move to the next section by clicking on the button at the bottom right-hand corner of every page.
If you are in a rush or want to return to the page you were reading on your last visit, use the left-hand navigation section to skip to specific topics.
You can also find your way around by using
- The hyperlinks in the text
- The "CONTENTS" navigation on the right-hand panel of each page
- The search function, in the top right of the header
If you do not have a stable connection you can also download sections or the whole guide as a PDF.
However, please be aware that you will need to come back and download it again periodically so that you do not miss any updates to the guide.
The Guide is updated on a regular basis.
There are two ways to make sure you don't miss any updates:
- 2.Come back to The Guide whenever you are working on a new application to see if there is any new advice or insight.
GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide has eleven modules focusing on different aspects of how to apply for funding to support media development and journalism programmes.
The eleven modules are free to access.
Subsections of the guide, such as the examples templates in the Common templates module are only available to GFMD members and affiliates.
If you work for a GFMD member or affiliate, just click on the links to request access to the guides and templates.
If you have any issues accessing the guides and templates, please contact Fiona Nzingo, our Membership and Engagement Manager - fnzingo[at]gfmd.info - subject line "Resource Centre Password Access".
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To suggest updates, changes, or templates and to come forward with case studies, please see the feedback and collaboration section. form.
The lexicon provides definitions, context, and examples about how particular programmatic, fundraising, and media development terms are understood by donors and how they should be used and responded to in funding applications and project design.
As well as viewing the whole lexicon in alphabetical order, you can also browse this resource by the following categories:
The Guide provides an overview of the organisations that fund media development and journalism support initiatives, programmes and projects.
Our mapping of MediaDev Donors is an ongoing process. If you would like to help us keep it up to date, please get in touch.
Browse the latest funding opportunities for media development and journalism on the GFMD website.
GFMD is powered by our 200-strong membership and the commitment of our community to work for the greater good of the sector. In that vein, we appeal to you to work with us to improve the richness and quality of this resource.
See our feedback section for how you can get in touch about how you can help us make this Guide more effective and relevant to your needs.
The GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide is inspired by recent successful guides, including Reset's Open Calls, the Membership Guide from The Membership Puzzle Project and many others.
The Secretariat of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is especially grateful to:
- Michael Randall, who developed the content for the first version of the Guide.
- The expertise and advice of our members and supporters who reviewed the Guide and made many valuable suggestions ahead of publication in June 2021. Special thanks go to:
- Alex Pearce (BBC Media Action)
- Bridget Gallagher (Gallagher Group)
- Camilla Palazzini (openDemocracy)
- Laurence Burckel (CFI)
- Mariana Santos (Chicas Poderosas)
- Raquel Bennet (Chicas Poderosas)
- Shannon Meredith (Chicas Poderosas)
- For content production and editing:
- Manuel Lemos (Intern GFMD)
- Camille Seyt (Intern GFMD)
Project funding to get the GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide off the ground was provided by the Open Society Foundations.
The Guide was also produced thanks to GFMD's core funding which comes from: