This page contains a comprehensive list of donors and funders for media development. The page is regularly updated with new entries.
For a searchable list of current funding opportunities see the GFMD website.


Adessium Foundation is a Dutch grantmaking organization founded by commodities trader Gerard van Vliet that provides grants to left-leaning organizations across the world. Adessium means “to bring into being.”
Adessium Foundation
Adessium Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Adessium Foundation promotes the search for truth, the availability of quality information, and public discourse in a digital environment. The initiatives they support focus on journalistic research, public awareness, and advocacy.
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Adessium Foundation
Geographical priorities: The foundation supports organizations in the Netherlands, as well as initiatives targeting the European community and the factors that affect it.
Type of funding: Core Funding. In addition to financial contributions, Adessium Foundation provides organizational support focused on strengthening grantees’ capacity.
Funding opportunities: The foundation reaches out to their (potential) beneficiaries themselves and invite them to submit an application. They do not accept unsolicited project proposals but proactively explore the charity sector and make choices based on their strategic framework.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Created in 2000 by Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda, the foundation in their name works to “help all people lead healthy, productive lives. With a trust endowment of $40.3 billion, it is the world’s largest private foundation.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Since its founding in 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more on media partnerships than almost any other philanthropy organisation.
The Foundation was slated to spend $20 million on media grants in 2018 with additional funding going to an insights team that conducts media research. Much of the budget for media grants is administered by the foundation’s Global Media Partnerships and often directly subsidizes reporting on less frequently covered topics such as health and development.
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The foundation focuses primarily on development, sustainable development goals, global health, and gender equality, making it a priority to respond to the market failure of coverage on global health and development issues.
Geographical priorities: The foundation’s grant making is done through four program divisions, namely the Global Development Program, the Global Health Program, the United States Program and the Global Policy and Advocacy Program.
Type of funding: Programmatic and Core grants.
Funding opportunities: The Global Media Partnership portfolio, where the bulk of media funding resides, is located in the foundation’s Program Advocacy and Communications team with the Global Policy and Advocacy division.
Grant Opportunities | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people by focusing on five key areas: the arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health.
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, launched in 2014, provides cross disciplinary education programs and mid-career fellowships to increase the number of highly-trained business and financial journalists, convene pan-African forums to examine worldwide media best practices and support research to stimulate media innovations.
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Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa
Geographical priorities: Bloomberg Philanthropies works to improve the lives of millions of people in more than 810 cities and 170 countries. In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested $1.6 billion around the world.
Type of funding: Core grants. Bloomberg Philanthropies works with existing partners on all of their key initiatives and does not make grants outside their focus areas or directly to individuals
Funding opportunities: Grant proposals are by invitation only and news on grants competitions are posted regularly on their website.
Press Releases | Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies
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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a leading private philanthropic institution, open to the world, which contributes to a more just and united society preparing citizens of the future. It is committed to full independence and preservation of its heritage, and its main priority is defined as the development of a society that provides equal opportunities and that is sustainable. The Foundation’s main purpose is to improve the quality of life through art, charity, science, and education.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Geographical priorities: Worldwide
Type of funding: Grants, Core grants, Programmatic, Awards, and Scholarships.
Funding opportunities: The Foundation promotes and manages The European Media and Information Fund in partnership with the European University Institute. The European Digital Media Observatory will act as an independent advisor in the formulation of calls, as well as in the evaluation and selection of projects. The multi-donor Fund will have an initial duration of five years, which may be extended. The 4 key areas of the projects supported by this fund are:
    Media Literacy
    Online Disinformation
    Academic research into media, disinformation, and information literacy
Also, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation promotes and supports programmes that reflect on themes of contemporary society, looking for innovative answers to the problems of the current world, and offers prices like The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity.


Candid is an organization that collects data, conducts research, and publishes news on nonprofit organizations.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Candid has no particular priority related to journalism. Through research, collaboration, and training, it connects different nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.
Geographical priorities: Candid support the millions of people across the world who depend on different programs and services to make the world a better place.
Type of funding: The organisation provides no funding, but provides a set of resources and database to help you gain the knowledge you need to win funding from funders throughout the world.
Funding opportunities: Through research, Candid provides nonprofit data and resources to donors and several organizations, including academia.

Compton Foundation

For over 50 years, the Compton Foundation has supported work in climate change, progressive foreign policy, and reproductive rights and justice. The foundation supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Compton Foundation believe that there is a need for compelling stories about who we are, how we should live, and our purpose on this planet. This moment of global transition requires translation. "How can we imagine a new world without sharing brilliant stories about what the future could be—how it might taste, smell, sound, and feel? " They created , courageous storytelling with the mean of:
    Disrupting our understanding of the status quo, or giving voice to previously unheard narratives.
    Using visual art, music, drama, film, writing, and creative social media to amplify critical issues and to blend personal with political, emotional with intellectual.
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Compton Foundation
Geographical priorities: Worldwide
Type of funding: Grants
Funding opportunities: The Compton Foundation’s grantmaking is done by invitation only. They have a commitment to long-term, relationship-based grantmaking, and approximately two-thirds of their grantmaking budget in their final years of activity ( end in 2027) will be allocated to sizable, multi-year, general operating support grants to longtime grant partners.
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Compton Foundation

East-West Center

Established by the US Congress in 1960, the East-West Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the US government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.
Over nearly 60 years of serving as a US-based institution for public diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 65,000 alumni and more than 1,100 partner organizations.
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East-West Center |
Geographical priorities: Global. The foundation currently maintain a worldwide network with 33 international offices at 32 locations.
Type of funding: Scholarships
Programs opportunities: The Asia Pacific Media Initiative (APMI) engages, empowers, and trains young leaders, journalists, and policy influencers to build information networks, reliable sources, and practical strategies for identifying and responding to disinformation; strengthens reporting on environmental issues throughout Southeast Asia; and increases media sustainability for newsrooms in the Pacific Islands.
Housed within the Professional Development Program, the APMI program includes the following major activity areas:
The Pacific Island Media Initiatives: Free, open, and sustainable societies require a strong and professional media industry with impactful journalists to thrive. Since October 2020, 16 media outlets across 11 Pacific Island countries have been able to republish content from the New York Times as part of a partnership between the East-West Center (EWC) and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). By providing media outlets with non-biased, world-class journalism from the ‘newspaper of record’ in the United States, which they can republish to supplement their local news coverage, the project is strengthening media outlets and helping counter the proliferation of misinformation and biased reporting on social media. So far the media outlets have primarily used Times articles related to the 2020 U.S. elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, global news (including developments within Britain's Royal Family), and the environment. In addition to the licenses, all members of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) are being provided with online subscriptions to the New York Times and being invited to a series of exclusive webinars.

Erste Foundation

The ERSTE Foundation empowers initiatives for change, contributes to civil society development and regional progression. The foundation initiates and acts as an innovative driver, connector, and knowledge disseminator.
ERSTE Foundation is a creative workshop for ideas and innovation, a lab for topics of the future which increases its effectiveness through strategic cooperation with networks. Their activities focus on four strategic goals: :
    Empower those who care;
    Financial health for all;
    Preserve a dmocratic Europe;
    Protect contemporary culture.
ERSTE Stiftung
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The ERSTE Foundation have co-founded a cross-border journalistic platform called Reporting Democracy. Independent journalists research and question the topics, trends and events that are shaping the future of democracy in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Reporting Democracy publishes reports, interviews and analyses by correspondents from 14 countries. Journalists on the ground receive commissions and grants for in-depth reports and research.
Geographical priorities: As the main shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serving the common good. They invest parts of their dividends into the region in which Erste Group operates.
Type of funding: Grants, Core grants, Programmatic, Awards, and Scholarships.
Funding opportunities: Differents types of opportunities based on their mains focus areas listed above. The foundation provides :

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an American private foundation with the mission of advancing human welfare. It was founded in 1936 with an initial grant from Edsel Ford, Henry Ford’s son to be used “for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare.”
Ford Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Funding for media development falls under the Freedom of Expression portfolio because “The free flow of information and ideas is essential to healthy, progressive societies. Our work offers space for creative expression and supports efforts to ensure that media systems and policies are open and equitable,” according to the Ford Foundation website.
Creativity and Free Expression
Ford Foundation
Geographical priorities: The Ford Foundation has a global scope. It seeks to invest in transformative ideas, individuals and institutions to catalyze leaders and organizations driving social justice and building movements across the globe.
Type of funding: Core Grants. Ford's funding prioritizes initiatives/ideas aimed at fighting inequality.
Funding opportunities: The foundation has an online, searchable grants database that provides good funding information you might need.
Our grants
Ford Foundation
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Fritt Ord Foundation

The Fritt Ord Foundation is a private non-profit foundation that seeks to promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture. The work of a foundation is different from the work of an activist or special interest organisation. They primarily operate by funding the ideas, projects and initiatives of others. Fritt Ord itself also organises events and debates that address timely social issues, the culture of freedom of expression, non-fiction prose, documentary films and journalism/media research.
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Fritt Ord
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Fritt Ord Foundation supports journalism on a wide variety of topics that are important for the social debate and the public. Their highest priority is investigative journalism or journalism that calls for extra resources for other reasons. Local journalism and social debates in media all across the country are also important to Fritt Ord, as are criticism and reviews. The foundation supports journalism on all platforms – newspapers, magazines, journals, podcasts, radio and TV. Media debates, media conferences and media research also benefit from some funding. Fritt Ord has a separate annual grant for Norwegian journalists to study at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University in England.
Geographical priorities: The projects that receive funding should benefit the Norwegian public and be accessible to all. In special cases, the Fritt Ord Foundation can help promote freedom of expression in other countries.
Type of funding: Grants, Study grants, and Awards.
Funding opportunities: There are six rounds of project applications each year, meaning that it does not take long to get an answer. Fritt Ord often contributes support in the early stages of new projects.The projects that receive funding should benefit the Norwegian public and be accessible to all. In special cases, the Fritt Ord Foundation can help promote freedom of expression in other countries.
In addition to grants in response to applications, the Fritt Ord Foundation takes a number of its own initiatives in Norway and abroad. Fritt Ord also offers awards support for projects that help promote freedom of expression, public discourse, art, and culture. The measures supported should contribute to the common good and be available to the public.
Fritt Ord
Fritt Ord

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is a private, non-profit organization. Its purpose is to promote and support high-level research and the implementation of freedom of speech.
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Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The purpose of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is to secure the future of Finnish media and quality journalism as well as to support freedom of speech.
The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation promotes and supports research in the communications and the communications industry and interdisciplinary futures research.
Geographical priorities: Finland
Type of funding: Grants, Fellowships, and Awards.
Funding opportunities: The foundation finances post-doctoral projects that are linked to the communications industry. In addition, the Foundation awards fellowships to Finnish journalists who are in the middle of their careers to enable them to study at top universities abroad. The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation distributes grants throughout the year. Decisions are made approximately three times a year and the outcome is informed via the grant application system.

Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.
For more than 50 years, they have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.
The foundation was established in 1966 by engineer and entrepreneur William R. Hewlett and his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett, with their eldest son, Walter Hewlett. Today, it is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the United States, awarding over $450 million in grants in 2019 to organizations across the globe to help people build better lives. Their philanthropic approach, and core areas of grantmaking, remain connected to the ethos and values of their founders.
Hewlett Foundation
Hewlett Foundation
Geographical priorities: Global
Type of funding: Programmatic
Funding opportunities: The foundation makes grants to a broad range of institutions – from research universities contributing to public knowledge and performing arts centers engaging local diverse communities, to grassroots organizations representing millions of individuals and multilateral groups working on international development.
At any one time, more than 2,250 Hewlett Foundation grants are active. In 2019, the foundation awarded $454,458,000 in grants and disbursed $354,786,000 in grant payments. As of December 31, 2019, the foundation’s assets were approximately $11.0 billion.
The Global Development and Population Program makes grants to expand women’s reproductive and economic choices, amplify citizen participation, and improve policymaking through evidence. The foundation has made grants ranging from $27,000-1,200,000 to various media and media support organisations over the years.
Hewlett Foundation

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Heinrich Böll Foundation supports projects that aim to foster democracy and uphold human rights, take action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advance equality between women and men, secure peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defend the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power. They maintain close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and, as a think tank for green visions and projects, are part of an international network encompassing partner projects in approximately 60 countries. The Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Heinrich Böll's encouragement of civil society interference in politics is a model for the work of the foundation. Its primary task is political education in Germany and abroad to promote the democratic will, the socio-political commitment and international understanding. It is guided by the basic political values of ecology, democracy, solidarity, and nonviolence. The foundation is particularly interested in the realization of a democratic immigration society as well as gender democracy as a relationship of the sexes that is free of dependence and domination.
The foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships programme has for several years supported well-researched transatlantic journalism. In 2020, the Heinrich Böll Foundation supported a selected number of journalists and publicists from the US and Europe for an independent, minimum five-day, transatlantic trip to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on policies in 4 fields: energy & climate; transition in agriculture; democracy, human rights and social policy, as well as foreign and security policy. Fellowships are selected annually and are open to journalists and publicists in any medium. Please note that eligibility criteria differ by issue area and may vary between participating regional and national offices.
Geographical priorities: Global. The foundation currently maintain a worldwide network with 33 international offices at 32 locations.
Type of funding: Scholarships and stipends
Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Independent News Emergency Relief Coordination

The Independent News Emergency Relief Coordination (INERC) was an effort to help funders willing and able to provide significant financial support for independent news media better understand where the need was greatest and coordinate their efforts to make the greatest possible difference during COVID-19.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Priorities related to media development and journalism: INERC was based on the idea that better information on the need for and supply of emergency funding relief can help ensure this relief is more effectively distributed globally and avoid a situation where a few well-known news media get a lot of support from many different funders while many more equally important but less well known get little or no support.
Geographical priorities: Collecting data to identify areas of greatest need from independent news media across the world, including both for-profit and non-profit, but excluding government-controlled and state-owned media was at the heart of INERC priorities.
Type of funding: INERC did not provide funding per se. It directly connected several major funders, networks organizing independent news media, media development organizations, and research capacity to enable more effective and informed coordinated emergency relief.
Funding opportunities: INERC was a temporary initiative, initially planned for six months, and supplement the important work done by others to coordinate media funding and media development. INERC came to an end on 31 October 2020.
Our Journalist Fellowship programme
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

International Women's Media Foundation

The International Women's Media Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is an organization working internationally to elevate the status of women in the media. The IWMF has created programs to help women in the media develop practical solutions to the obstacles they face in their careers and lives.
Home - IWMF
Priorities related to media development and journalism: IWMF believes that promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.
Geographical priorities: Global
Type of funding: Programmatic
Funding opportunities: IWMF has a host of funds catering to specific needs and topics.
Programs - IWMF

Journalismfund is the first independent non-profit organisation, established in 1998 with the purpose of stimulating independent investigative journalism in Europe. | Stimulating investigative cross-border journalism | Stimulating investigative cross-border journalism
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Facilitating independent cross-border investigative journalism by connecting donors and journalists in order to promote democracy in Europe.
Geographical priorities: Facilitating independent cross-border investigative journalism by connecting donors and journalists in order to promote democracy in Europe.
Type of funding: Programmatic and core grants
Funding opportunities: Journalismfund provides several funding opportunitites related to their priorities including: European Cross-border, modern slavery unveiled, science journalism and
Grants | Journalismfund

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is a political foundation committed to peace, freedom and justice through political education, both nationally and internationally.
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung supports young journalists in special projects. They have been awarding local journalist award since 1980. Since 2002, the "Social Market Economy Award of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation" has honored personalities who have been outstanding in their commitment to the preservation and further development of the social market economy.
- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Geographical priorities: Nationally and internationally, the foundation is committed to peace, freedom and justice through political education. The consolidation of democracy, the promotion of European integration, the intensification of transatlantic relations and development cooperation are their particular concerns.
As a think tank and consulting agency, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung develops scientific foundations and up-to-date analyses for political action. The Academy of the Foundation in Berlin is the forum for dialogue on future-relevant issues between politics, business, church, society and science.
Type of funding: Awards, Prizes and Scholarships.
Funding opportunities: Applications for funding to be considered by the Foundation should be forwarded to KAS’s Kenya office no later than September of the year prior to that in which funding is requested.
Funding - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. The Foundation invests in journalism, arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers.
Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Knight Foundation supports the First Amendment and the crucial role of journalism in a democracy to inform the community. They believe journalistic organizations must be sustainable in order to be consistently independent.
The Foundation invests in building a sustainable future for independent local journalism so the community can pursue its true interests.
Knight Foundation
Geographical priorities: The Knights formed Knight Foundation to promote excellence in journalism and the success of the communities in which they worked, in the words of Jim Knight.
U.S. domestic programs receive the bulk of the foundation’s funding. International funding has receded in recent years, although some foundation support to U.S. organizations has an international component.
Type of funding: Programmatic and core grants.
Funding opportunities: The foundation seeks innovative ideas that advance informed and engaged communities. To apply for funding, you need to submit a brief letter of inquiry.
Apply for funding
Knight Foundation
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Lenfest Institute

The Lenfest Institute was founded in 2016 by the late cable television entrepreneur H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million, which has since been supplemented by other donors, for investment in innovative news initiatives, new technology, and new models for sustainable journalism. Lenfest also gifted his ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer to the Institute.
Innovation Grants - Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Quality, in-depth reporting remains the fundamental value proposition between local news organizations and their audiences. The Lenfest Institute invests in indispensable, public-benefit journalism for the communities it serves. Key priorities include:
    High-Impact Journalism;
    News Technology & Innovation;
    Diverse, Growing Audiences;
Geographical priorities: The Lenfest Institute is an innovator and a change agent developing scalable solutions across Philadelphia’s news ecosystem that apply nationwide. Starting at home, The Lenfest Institute is building viable, replicable models for sustainable local news enterprises across the US.
Type of funding: Grants
Funding opportunities: The Lenfest Institute supports both the digital transformation of heritage news organizations and entrepreneurial news innovators. Its venture-inspired investment strategy is hands-on, kindling experimentation and entrepreneurship in news enterprises large and small. Sign up for the Institute’s email newsletter to receive updates on grant calls.
Grants - Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Lenfest Institute for Journalism

Limelight Foundation

The Limelight Foundation was founded in 2021 by John Caspers. Caspers is an internet entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of payment platform Adyen. The organisation is an independent philanthropic foundation, based in the Netherlands.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The foundation supports a strong and free information ecosystem in the digital age by helping journalism and civil society organizations that are independent of vested interests.
Limelight Foundation
Geographical priorities: Worldwide
Type of funding: Grants, Core grants, and Programmatic.
Funding opportunities: The foundation provides different types and sizes of funding and support, depending on what is needed. They proactively look for funding opportunities that are in line with their mission and do not accept unsolicited proposals. Limelight Foundation funds and supports journalism and civil society organizations that are committed to: ● the production of independent quality information; ● the development of supporting technologies; ● an enabling environment for pluriform and independent information in the public interest.


Established in 2018 by the Omidyar Network, Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies.
Luminate does this by funding and supporting non-profit and for-profit organisations and advocating for policies and actions that will help people participate in and shape the issues affecting their lives, and make those in power more transparent, responsive, and accountable.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Luminate prioritises delivering impact in four connected areas that underpin strong societies: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media. The organisation seeks to defend a vibrant, free press that uncovers the truth and holds power to account.
Through its International Fund for Public Interest Media Programme, Luminate calls on international donors and policy makers to recognize the urgency to increase funding to public interest media.
International Fund for Public Interest Media
Geographical priorities: Based around the world, Luminate's partners range from pioneering entrepreneurs to courageous global campaigners.
Type of funding: Programmatic and grants
Funding opportunities: Luminate does not accept unsolicited applications. The Foundation identifies potential partners through its own research and diligence, plus its extensive global network.
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MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.
Knight Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Foundation's Journalism & Media program seeks to strengthen and sustain an independent media ecosystem that investigates the actions of institutions, explores the implications of policies, challenges social norms, amplifies diverse perspectives, and creates opportunities for individual action and public conversations on urgent contemporary issues.
Journalism & Media - MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Geographical priorities: Fields of work in which the Foundation is responsibly winding down its grantmaking includes (1) strengthening human rights protections, advancing government accountability, and improving the reach and quality of justice, and (2) working to reduce maternal mortality and improve the quality of maternal and reproductive health care in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.
Type of funding: Programmatic and grants
Funding opportunities: The Foundation awards the majority of its grants to organizations identified by their staff. Each year they also award grants to individuals through the MacArthur Fellows program, which does not accept applications or nominations. The Grants Management Platform can be found below:
Information for Grantseekers - MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Foundation

Media Democracy Fund

Media Democracy Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund, a US-based 501(c)3 public charity. MDF’s annual grantmaking cycle supports their grantees’ general operations and projects, and maintains the ability to rapidly fund projects that address opportunities or threats as they arise throughout the year.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: MDF is one of the first philanthropies that supports media and technology policy organizations working to advance the public interest and human rights in the digital age.
Geographical priorities: MDF has a global scope. It works closely with funding partners to ensure their funding makes the greatest impact and protects the public's fundamental rights to freely express opinions, mobilize marginalized communities and promote equity for all.
Type of funding: Core grants
Funding opportunities: MDF promotes the work of journalists and public media. But it does not fund journalism training or provide direct assistance or funding to journalism outlets. As an intermediary funder, it rather funds policies that have major impact on digital media.
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Media Development Investment Fund

With its headquarters in New York City, MDIF is a registered not-for-profit corporation with public charity status.
MDIF provides affordable debt and equity financing to independent news and information businesses in countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. The organisation's capital and technical assistance help independent companies to compete with media that represent the interests of governments and the powerful, enabling them to build robust businesses around the values of fact-based news, informed opinion and open debate. They invest in companies from early to growth-stage and operate investments through a fund structure.
MDIF – Investing in independent media
Priorities related to media development and journalism: MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. The organisation works with businesses from early-stage ventures to established players seeking to expand audience or revenues, and with companies that lack access to investment capital.
Investing – MDIF
The organisation's Media Advisory Services equips clients with the information they need to make critical decisions about the direction of their business.
MDIF is also partnering with a consortium of other media development organizations in the Protecting Independent Media for Effective Development (PRIMED) programme to support the provision of public interest media in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
PRIMED in Ethiopia – MDIF
Geographical priorities: Since its inception in 1996, MDIF has invested more than $240 million in 128 independent news businesses in 44 countries. MDIF only provides financing in countries that have been approved by their Board of Directors. On receiving an application from a news outlet in a country in which they have not worked, the Board will decide whether it is a country they can work in after analysing its media, legal and business environments.
Countries where we have worked – MDIF
Type of funding: Loans and equity for Business Development
Funding opportunities: The purpose of MDIF funding is mostly business development which ranges from financing the launch of new products to working capital.
Applying for financing is a detailed process - it is a major commitment for a news company and for MDIF. They select clients based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; and editorial integrity.
Apply for financing – MDIF
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Mercator Stiftung Germany

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work, it supports and develops projects that improve participation and cohesion in an increasingly diverse society.
Stiftung Mercator wants:
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Stiftung Mercator
Geographical priorities: Activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide; it has a particular affinity with the Ruhr area, the home of its founding family and of the foundation’s headquarters.
Type of funding: Programmatic and core grants.
Funding opportunities: Stiftung Mercator selects projects to fund that help to achieve the sociopolitical objectives set in their thematic clusters and fields of activity.
Calls for applications – Stiftung Mercator
Stiftung Mercator

News Match

NewsMatch is the largest grassroots campaign to support nonprofit news in the U.S. Since 2016, the campaign has helped raise over $150 million to jumpstart emerging newsrooms and support independent media outlets that produce fact-based, nonpartisan news and information.
NewsMatch 2021
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The organisation's long-term vision is to ensure relevant and reliable news for every community across the U.S. by strengthening the financial sustainability of nonprofit news outlets that serve them. NewsMatch has four intersecting strategic priorities to achieve this goal:
    Dramatically increase the number of people that support nonprofit journalism
    Grow local and regional investments from large donors and philanthropic institutions
    Develop and strengthen sustainable fundraising capabilities within newsrooms
    Increase awareness and public support for nonprofit journalism.
Geographical Priorities: USA only
Type of Funding: Programmetic and Core
Funding Opportunities: NewsMatch is open to nonprofit news organizations that are active members of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) (Please note: US news organisations only). The deadline to apply for INN membership in time to apply for NewsMatch 2021 is July 7, 2021. Explore INN membership.
Both active, prospective, and pending INN members must apply to participate in NewsMatch 2021 by the application deadline. The NewsMatch application window will open in June 2021. Subscribe to INN’s INNovation newsletter to receive notification of the NewsMatch application process and deadline when it is announced.
In 2021, NewsMatch will concentrate the distribution of dollar-for-dollar match funds amongst newsrooms that have operating expenses below $1 million in the prior calendar year (January 1 to December 31, 2020).

Oak Foundation

The Oak Foundation is a Non-governmental organizations committed to social justice. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality, and partnership with the organisations they fund. The foundation supports civil society as a pillar of democracy & justice and nurtures innovation and visionary leadership within it.
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Oak Foundation
Through its grant-making, Oak Foundation supports others to make the world a safer, fairer, and more sustainable place to live. The Foundation seeks to support innovation, visionary leaders and organisations. committed to social justice.
Geographical priorities: With offices in Europe, India, and North America, the Foundation makes grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
Type of funding: Programmatic and Core grants.
Funding opportunities: Since Oak Foundation was founded in 1983, they have made over 4,650 grants to not-for-profits across the globe. Oak Foundation partner with organisations that work to advance the foundation’s overall mission and the strategic goals within programmes. Each programme has its own funding criteria, geographic scope, and requirements. The Foundation has an invitation-only application process. Therefore, if an organisation believes that strong alignment exists with Oak Foundation’s funding priorities, they encourage the organisation to submit an unsolicited letter of enquiry. Oak Foundation will invite the organisation to apply for a grant if they also find alignment with their funding priorities and if there is an available budget.
They occasionally develop or join initiatives in our areas of interest by issuing calls for proposals on their website or convening policymakers and practitioners to explore solutions to critical issues.
Grant-making - Oak Foundation
Oak Foundation

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working or justice, democratic governance, and human rights.
Open Society Foundations
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Open Society Foundations recognize that independent journalism serves as a check on abuses of power and corruption, and fuels and informs public debates and critical thinking in societies.
The OSF's Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ) works directly with journalists, media outlets, media associations, and media freedom groups “to promote independent and viable media and professional, quality journalism in countries undergoing a process of democratization, and building functioning media markets.
Open Society Program on Independent Journalism
Geographical priorities: Open Society Foundations support independent investigative reporting outlets as well as international networks of investigative journalists across the world.
Type of funding: Programmatic and Core
Funding opportunities: The vast majority of grants are awarded to organizations they approach directly. Other funding opportunities are available through Open Society’s network of national and regional foundations.
Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships from the Open Society Foundations
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The Porticus Foundation is the international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. Through their work in education, society, faith, and climate they enable changemakers to create societies and systems that work for everyone.
Geographical priorities: Worldwide; Porticus collaborates with partners around the globe to foster human dignity, social justice, and sustainability.
Type of funding: Grants, Core grants, Programmatic, Awards, and Scholarships.


Reset is a non-profit, philanthropic organisation that both provides grants and contracts, and works programmatically alongside partners with shared policy, technology and advocacy goals. Through Open Calls, Reset supports the individuals, organisations, and communities working around the world to address the damage inflicted by surveillance capitalism on human rights, democracy, and open societies.
Priorities related to media development and journalism: Reset wants to change the way the internet prioritises the spread of news and information so that Big Tech's business model serves the public good instead of purely corporate interests. They believe there is a need to restore the critical connection between media and democracy in order to sustain a polity that is more informed and less divided. They seek to neutralise the threats posed to democracy by digital media monopolies and re-establish the power of information technology as a force for effective self-government.
Type of funding: Funds and Fellowships
Funding opportunities: With their funds and fellowships, Reset helps enable new ideas to surface and flourish by providing funding to projects operating within their core areas of work. The hope is that the technology-focused interventions developed through Open Calls will ultimately help change the way information spreads online and enable the internet to once again serve the public good over corporate interests.
Open Calls

Pulitzer Centre

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an American news media organization established in 2006 that sponsors independent reporting on global issues that other media outlets are less willing or able to undertake on their own. The center's goal is to raise the standard of coverage of international systemic crises, and to do so in a way that engages both the broad public and government policymakers.
Pulitzer Center
Pulitzer Center
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Pulitzer Center raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach.
Geographical priorities: Global
Type of funding: Grants and Fellowships
Funding opportunities: The Pulitzer Center provides grants to cover the hard costs of reporting projects. Grants are open to all journalists: writers, photographers, radio producers, and filmmakers; staff journalists as well as freelancers.
Grant amounts for journalists depend on the project and range from $3,000 to $20,000. All journalists, writers or filmmakers, both freelance and staff of any nationality, may apply. It also brings journalists to schools, colleges and universities around the United States to engage students with global issues. In 2015, it launched an online lesson builder that allows educators use Pulitzer Center journalism in original lessons.
Tips for Writing a Successful Pulitzer Center Grant Proposal
Pulitzer Center

Rudolf Augstein Stiftung

The Rudolf Augstein Foundation is a non-profit and independent foundation under civil law.
Rudolf Augstein Foundation
Rudolf Augstein Foundation
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The organization commemorates one of the most important German journalists of the 20th century; through the foundation’s work, the concerns that motivated their namesake and thought leader Rudolf Augstein can continue to be addressed into the future.
They do this by encouraging critical and independent journalism, improving the starting and development opportunities of disadvantaged children and young people, and enabling artistic experiments.
Journalism – Rudolf Augstein Foundation
Rudolf Augstein Foundation
Geographical priorities: The philanthropic initiative Civitates grants almost 2.5 million euros to 11 independent public-interest journalism organizations in 8 European countries.
Type of funding: Programmatic
Funding opportunities: The foundation does not use calls for application, encouraging unsolicited proposals. Funding opportunities are published on the philanthropic initiative Civitates.
Applying – Rudolf Augstein Foundation
Rudolf Augstein Foundation

Schöpflin Stiftung

The Schöpflin Foundation is committed to helping young people and future generations create a self-reliant life for themselves. The foundation uses social venture capital to allow young people to experiment and spread these ideas throughout civil society.
Schöpflin Stiftung | Engagement in Lörrach and Europe-wide: Media & Society
Priorities related to media development and journalism: The Schöpflin Foundation recognizes that Media diversity is under threat. They believe it is a necessary addition to state-funded and commercial journalism because a free press is a prerequisite for an open society and a vibrant democracy.
Through its various charitable funding activities, the Schöpflin Foundation supports and promotes the building of a sense of critical awareness in children, young people and young adults; equally it supports and promotes strong democracy and its further development.
Geographical priorities: As well as supporting actual journalism projects and initiatives, they also want to support all those business activities that are vitally important for the further development of non-profit journalism in Lörrach in southern Germany and throughout Europe.
Type of funding: Programmatic and Grants
Funding opportunities: Grants are awarded through the Foundation's different funding programme, which can be fond below:
Schöpflin Stiftung | Engagement in Lörrach and Europe-wide: Schöpflin Stiftung | Engagement in Lörrach und europaweit

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation gives grants to social entrepreneurs – change makers who use innovative approaches to address difficult social problems. The Foundation’s work is organized around six priority issue areas: environmental sustainability, education, economic opportunity, health, peace and human rights, and sustainable markets.
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Priorities related to media development and journalism: The bulk of Skoll’s support goes to entrepreneurs, and thus does not focus on the news media as a sector or on building institutions. However, the foundation gives some support to journalists with the express aim of improving the public’s understanding of entrepreneurship.
Geographical priorities: The Skoll Foundation is a global organization without regional focus. Over the past 12 years, the foundation has invested approximately $800 million worldwide, including the Skoll Award to 144 social entrepreneurs and 116 organizations on five continents.
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Type of funding: Grants, Awards and Scholarships
Funding opportunities: Funding opportunities are published on the organization's website. Information on how and when to apply can be found below:
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Walkley Foundation

The Walkley Foundation was established by Sir William Gaston Walkley and the first awards were handed out in 1956. The foundation's objectives are to recognise great Australian journalism and lift the craft of journalism through professional development.
Type of funding: Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships
The Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship and leadership programs, coupled with Awards programs like the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, have supported early and mid-career journalists, lowered barriers to entry to the profession for a more diverse group of journalists, and helped ensure that the future of the industry is in good hands.
Scholarships and Fellowships - The Walkley Foundation
The Walkley Foundation
Funding opportunities: Grants are funded by the Walkley Foundation’s Public Fund. You can find out more about the fund, what they support, and how to donate here.
Grants - The Walkley Foundation
The Walkley Foundation
Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism: The grant offers up to $10,000 to assist an Australian journalist to produce a significant work of journalism in any medium that gives voice to Pacific island perspectives on an under-reported issue or development of importance to Australia and the region. Find more information and apply here.
Walkley Grants for Freelance Journalism on Regional Australia: Grants worth a total of $89,000 were awarded to seven freelance journalists in 2020. For more information click here.
Judith Neilson Institute Freelance Grants for Asian Journalism: This grant aims to encourage more and better reporting on Asia by Australian media professionals and news outlets. Three grants worth a total of $25,000 were awarded to three freelance journalists in 2020. For more information click here.


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