Call for proposals

Note that the call usually planned for May-June will be cancelled. For more information, click here.

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 on of our pillars fundamental rights and freedoms, vigorous democracy, commemoration and remembrance, truth-seeking or media innovation? Then you are welcome to submit a project proposal.

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

Extra priority: COVID-19 

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.

How to apply

Between Friday 18 December 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2020 (midnight) you can submit your proposal via the SDM portal.

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 2021-1

Deadline to submit
Sunday 31 January 2021 (before midnight)

Decision first round
Wednesdat 24 February 2021 by 18:00 at the latest

Decision final round
Friday 9 April 2021 by 18:00 at the latest

The process goes as follows:

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Calendar 2021

The call usually planned for May-June will be cancelled. From the 1st of September 2021 onwards, new proposals can be submitted. Via our newsletter, you will be informed in a timely manner. For more information, click here.