Call for proposals (CLOSED)

Currently this call is closed. The next call will open in January 2021.

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 project match our pillars and priorities? Then you are welcome to submit a project proposal.

Alongside our regular priorities, DMF gives extra priority to initiatives responding to COVID-19 and the upcoming parliamentary elections. More information can be found down below.

Extra priorities: COVID-19 and parliamentary elections 

With this call for proposals the Democracy and Media Foundation (DMF) gives especially priority to initiatives that reinforce democracy and rule of law in the Netherlands in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Hereby the focus lies on:

  • initiatives that critically question the (accelerated) use of technology to fight the coronavirus;
  • journalistic projects and other initiatives that reflect critically on powerful public and private institutions as they respond to COVID-19.

Please note that this priority is not intended to supplement organisational budget deficits due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Parliamentary elections (March 2021)
As the parliamentary elections are approaching, DMF is looking for:

  • initiatives that aim to put topics on the agenda that are relevant for DMF, within public and political discours;
  • projects that incite groups with low attendance figures to vote during this election.

Initiatives with a primarily (party) political objective are excluded from being financed.

How to apply

Between Monday August 31st 2020 and Monday September 28th 2020 (midnight) you can submit your proposal via the SDM portal [not available].

Read this document to learn more about are regular priorities and the criteria used for the assessment. The infographic down below maps out the procedure of the assessment. Note that institutional funding cannot be applied for through our calls for proposals.  

Are you unsure if your proposal is eligible to be considered funding within this call for proposals?  Please click here for the eligibility check. We will try to let your know within 2 weeks if your proposal is eligible for assessment. If you have not received a response close to the deadline of this call, don’t hesitate to submit your proposal!

Timeline – General call for proposals 2020-2

Deadline to submit
Sunday 27 September 2020 (before midnight)

Decision first round
Monday 19 October 2020 by 18:00 at the latest

Decision final round
Friday 4 December 2020 by 18:00 at the latest

The process goes as follows:

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Calendar 2021

General call 2021 – 3 
Open: January 2021
Decision: April 2021