Democracy and Media Foundation: General Call 2018 – 1

Deadline: 28 January 2018

Do you want to contribute to independent media and a strong, just democratic state? Do you have an initiative that stimulates independent and critical media or one that sustains or promotes a strong and just democratic state? Does your initiative match our pillars of truth-seeking, innovation in media, fundamental rights and liberties, vigorous democracy or commemoration and remembrance? If yes, then you are welcome to submit a project proposal for Democracy and Media Foundation’s General Call 2018 – 1.

The statutory objectives of the Democracy and Media Foundation are to counter all forms of totalitarianism in social and political life and to strive for a vigorous democracy and multifaceted, opinionating media. These objectives are rooted in the origin of the Democracy and Media Foundation, which was established in 1944 by the founders of the illegal resistance newspaper Het Parool.

These objectives shaped the foundation’s current mission: to invest in strong, critical media and a strong, just democratic state based on the rule of law. The Democracy and Media Foundation provides financial support to organizations, projects and other initiatives that promote this mission. The foundation can also provide (external) organizational advice and/or bring different initiatives together.


  • Truth-seeking
  • Media innovation
  • Fundamental rights and freedoms
  • Vigorous democracy
  • Commemoration and remembrance

Funding Information

Grants within this call for applications are considered up to a maximum amount of €75.000 per project (year).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Democracy and Media Foundation only supports projects and initiatives that:
    • meet a demonstrable need;
    • are embedded in a broader strategy for change;
    • are based on a clear and solid plan, and for which it is likely that (selfdefined) goals will be reached.
  • Applicants and/or initiatives that take an activating or mobilising role are preferred;
  • If the applicant is a corporation, the initiative must have a transparent governance structure with clearly separated functions;
  • Initiatives by individuals are welcomed, provided that the applicant has a demonstrable track record in the field in which they are requesting subsidy;
  • Each application should be accompanied by a clear and factual budget with a matching financing plan, including a realistic cost-benefit ratio
  • The foundation prioritizes projects and organizations with clear added value in the Netherlands. Within the Netherlands, preference goes out to projects with an international or national outlook, as well as local initiatives that are part of a broader strategy for change.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Democracy and Media Foundation.

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