Some Media Funding Programmes

updated on the 20/07/2022

A) PUBLIC FUNDING

European Media and Information Fund

European Media and Information Fund provides support to organisations based in Europe with the objective of supporting fact-checking and media literacy initiatives, as well as research projects. EMIF’s strategy is supervised by EDMO, the European Digital Media Observatory. The Fund aims to address the phenomenon of online disinformation in Europe and promote a more resilient and fact-based digital information ecosystem. All the calls are open to universities, non-profit organisations, including public service media, universities, educational institutions etc in different roles (for more information about the specific call visit the dedicated call page).

There is currently one open call:

Total indicative allocation of the fund is €4 350 000. Applications may be submitted at any time and three funding rounds occur every year, in February, June and October. 

Boosting Fact-Checking Activitie

Responding to this urgent need, EMIF opened a Special Funding Round for Ukraine on 25 February. 

Having completed the evaluations, the EMIF will support two projects designed to increase the coverage, depth, and speed of fact-checking activities directly and indirectly related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The approved projects will focus on capacity building for fact-checking in Ukraine led by Agence France-Press (France) and reinforcing and amplifying reliable reporting on Ukraine led by Euractiv Media Network B.V. (Belgium).

Additionally, the 2nd regular Funding Round of the “Boosting Fact-Checking Activities” call closed on 30 June with 13 proposals received from organisations based in nine countries: five submitted under priority “Urgent Actions” and eight under “Scale-Up”.  The total amount requested in this funding round was €795,931.47 for an allocation of €435.000.

Next Deadline to apply: 31 October 2022.

IJ4EU relaunches: €1.23M in grants for watchdog journalism in Europe

IJ4EU relaunches: €1.23M in grants for watchdog journalism in Europe

Back for a fourth edition, IJ4EU has secured core financing from the European Commission to continue its work fostering collaboration between European journalists as they tackle transnational subjects in the public interest.

During the 2022/23 edition, IJ4EU will disburse €1.23 million through two well-established grant schemes. Both Schemes will have two simultaneous calls for applications, one in September 2022 and one in January 2023.

Second Bootcamp Call for EIC Supported Ventures

Second Bootcamp Call for EIC Supported Ventures One core element of the collaboration is allowing the most promising start-ups to easily move between selected EIT Health and EIC programmes without delay and therefore find the best support depending on their needs and opportunities.

Press and media councils and professional standards

Press and media councils and professional standards. Within the specific objective of promoting policy cooperation and innovative actions supporting all strands of the Programme, including the promotion of a diverse and pluralistic media environment, media literacy and social inclusion, the priorities of the cross-sectoral strand shall include to promote cross-sectoral activities aiming at adjusting to the structural changes faced by the media sector, including enhancing a free, diverse, and pluralistic media environment, quality journalism and media literacy including in the digital environment.

Deadline to apply: 20 September 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

TV and online content

TV and online content. The objective of the support to TV and online content is to increase the capacity of audiovisual producers to develop and produce strong projects with significant potential to circulate throughout Europe and beyond, and to facilitate European and international co-productions within the television and online sector.

The action aims to strengthen the independence of producers in relation to broadcasters and digital platforms, to enhance collaboration between operators, including independent producers, broadcasters, digital platforms and sales agents, from different countries participating in the MEDIA Strand, in order to produce high quality programming aimed at wide international distribution and promoted to a wide audience including commercial exploitation in the multi-platform environment. Particular attention will be given to projects presenting innovative aspects in the content and in the financing that show a clear link with the envisaged distribution strategies.

Deadline to apply: 20 September 2022

NEWS-Journalism partnerships

NEWS-Journalism partnerships 

The European news media sectors are facing multiple challenges. The digital transition is having a massive impact on how news is consumed and monetised, changing the value propositions that prevailed in the analogue era. Digitisation has facilitated the publication of news, but it has also intensified competition of content across borders on a global scale.

To address challenges and opportunities of trans-national nature, Creative Europe will support cross-cutting actions that address the structural and technological changes faced by the media sector, and support high-quality media production standards by fostering cooperation, digital skills, cross-border and/or collaborative journalism, and quality content.

Journalism Partnerships shall encourage systemic cooperation between professional news media organisations to improve the viability and competitiveness of professionally produced journalism, by focusing on collaborative business transformation and/or collaborative journalistic projects.

European media platforms

European media platforms

The Commission is launching a new €6million call for proposals to set up European media platforms projects, aiming to improve EU citizens’ access to trusted information across the European Union.

Applicants should submit projects that enhance and expand technical media systems delivering news media content and/or programming. They are encourage to collaborate and to increase the availability of original reporting, helping news media organisations reach new audiences. They should thus explain how these projects would allow to effectively handling the content or contain sufficient methods for content search and discovery systems.

Commission launches a €4.1 million call to monitor and defend media freedom and pluralism (European Commission)

Commission launches a €4.1 million call to monitor and defend media freedom and pluralism

While €1 million will be allocated to further strengthen the position of media councils and to develop journalistic standards, the other €3.1 million will make sure the EU continues providing a rapid response mechanism to protect journalists under threat after 2023. The mechanism includes concrete tools enabling targeted journalists to pursue their professional activities.

B) CORPORATE

IJ4EU relaunches: €1.23M in grants for watchdog journalism in Europe

IJ4EU relaunches: €1.23M in grants for watchdog journalism in Europe

Back for a fourth edition, IJ4EU has secured core financing from the European Commission to continue its work fostering collaboration between European journalists as they tackle transnational subjects in the public interest.

During the 2022/23 edition, IJ4EU will disburse €1.23 million through two well-established grant schemes. Both Schemes will have two simultaneous calls for applications, one in September 2022 and one in January 2023.

Local Cross-Border investigative journalism project

Local Cross-Border investigative journalism project is a 1.3-million-euro programme by four partners: Journalismfund.eu (Belgium),Transitions (Czech Republic), SSE Riga Centre for Media Studies (Latvia) and the European Federation of Journalists (Belgium). Through a yearly call, the project will support cross-border investigative journalism bringing local and European dimensions closer through grants, training and mini-MBA for local news media.

Deadline to apply: 07.09.2022

Increasing access to educational tools in areas and communities with low connectivity or access to technologies – Learning from the Extremes Open Call for financial support to remote schools

Increasing access to educational tools in areas and communities with low connectivity or access to technologies – Learning from the Extremes Open Call for financial support to remote schools

The Learning from the Extremes Open Call for financial support to remote schools aims at addressing inequalities of access to digital education by enhancing inclusion and by reducing the digital gap suffered by pupils from remote areas and communities with low connectivity, limited or no access to devices and digital educational tools and content.

EIT Digital Innovation Factory 2022

EIT Digital Innovation Factory 2022

Throughout 2022, EIT Digital Innovation Factory is looking for world-class digital DeepTech activities led by teams with powerful entrepreneurial drive, to support the next generation of digital companies that can impact Europe and the world’s challenges. The Innovation Factory 2022 programme supports pan-European entrepreneurial teams from education, research, and business organisations, to launch or boost digital DeepTech ventures in one of the following focus areas: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing and Digital Finance.

Professional Development Grants for Environmental Journalism

Professional Development Grants for Environmental Journalism

Deadline to apply:  6 October 2022

European Cross-border Grants

European Cross-border Grants

This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme (running since 2009) will support professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

C) PHILANTHROPY

This is not an exhaustive list and other funding programmes may be available

Sites that you may explore to see more EU funding opportunities: