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UNESCO Call for Partnerships: Global Media Defence Fund

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 28, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on June 14, 2021

UNESCO is launching a new Call for Partnerships to support not-for-profit organizations under the Global Media Defence Fund with the aim to join forces with specialized partners in the undertaking or upscaling of projects that bolster journalists’ legal protection and/or enhance media freedom.

The Global Media Defence Fund is a UNESCO Multi-Partner Trust Fund established within the framework of the Global Campaign for Media Freedom and under the overall umbrella of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, triggered by the initial donations of the United Kingdom and Canada.

Administered by UNESCO, the Fund is a responsive and effective mechanism that support not-for-profit organizations working on the ground at the local, regional, and international level in the undertaking or upscaling of projects that bolster journalists’ legal protection and/or enhance media freedom through investigative journalism or strategic litigation.

The Fund’s implementation approach is based on the joint cooperation with specialized implementing partners, selected by UNESCO via annual or biannual Calls for Partnerships.

The second Call for Partnerships is possible thanks to the generous donations of Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

Utilize This Offer

UNESCO invites innovative proposals for the implementation of local, regional and international projects in line with international human rights standards.

UNESCO will consider partnership proposals from specialized not-for-profit entities who have been active and registered as such for at least two years.

Relevant candidate partners include specialized NGOs, media associations, journalists’ unions, human right defenders, lawyers’ associations and pro bono legal aid organizations, rule of law initiatives, investigative journalism networks, foundations, and academic institutions, amongst other not-for-profit organizations.

Grants requested under this Call for Partnerships must fall between a minimum USD $15,000 and up to a maximum USD $35,000.

Fill out and submit your partnership proposals and supporting documents no later than Tuesday 15 June at 23:59 CET.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 28
Apr 28

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks, Ana.