Concluded (2020-2021)

In this section of the GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide, you will find information about emergency grant schemes that are non-active or ended in 2020/2021.

European Parliament: Protecting press freedom during the Covid-19 pandemic

Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)

See more information on our entry in the Emergency funding section.
The Association of Independents in Radio ( AIR) proposes as well a guide that gathers information to help make responsible decisions and do great work during the pandemic (last updated on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.)

Free Press Unlimited COVID19 Response in Africa

The COVID-19 emergency fund is specifically geared by the Free Press Unlimited to assist media professionals from African countries severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and for emergency situations related to COVID-19.
See more information on our entry in the Emergency funding section.

Freelancers Relief Fund

Freelancers Union's fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19.


Internews provides, with the COVID-19 Resources and Guides, tools for reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic including addressing misinformation, reporting while social distancing, and working with refugee communities.
See more information on our entry on the Internews in the Emergency funding section.

National Geographic Society

UNESCO: Actions to Support Media, Enhance Access to Information, and Leverage Digital Technologies in the Fight Against the Pandemic

UNESCO is the UN agency with a specific mandate to promote “free flow of ideas by word and image”. It welcomes the immense efforts of communication and information communities to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis, including:
  • sharing lifesaving information, debunking misinformation,
  • strengthening the implementation of the fundamental right to information,
  • leveraging the use of public interest media, ICTs and OER for e-learning, and connecting people online.
UNESCO is closely monitoring the impact of this crisis on media freedom, safety of journalists, and the fundamental right to access information.
In a context of unprecedented challenges for the media and digital technology sectors, UNESCO has created a resource center” of selected responses to COVID-19.
It includes a collection of examples of actions related to communication and information made available for the purpose of:
  • sharing practices,
  • identifying priorities,
  • facilitating partnerships,
  • amplifying good practices,
  • providing advice and technical assistance to governments and relevant national stakeholders, and
  • fostering North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation.
This “clearing house” provides a non-exhaustive list of illustrative examples. It will continue to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick development of responses.
Some of these initiatives have been led or directly supported by UNESCO. They are labeled with an asterisk (*). Others are implemented by official partners or other relevant stakeholders.
For questions, comments, and information on additional initiatives please write to: [email protected]