General call

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? Then you are welcome to submit a project proposal.

You can submit project proposals between Monday 2 September 2019 and Sunday 29 September 2019. It can only be submitted by registering it via our SDM portal. Read this document to find out everything you need to know about this call, regarding the criteria pertaining to the call and which themes might be prioritised. To see an overview about our procedure, scroll down for our infographic.

Are you unsure if your proposal matches our pillars and/or other criteria and therefore would be eligible for assessment within one of our calls 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 yet close to the deadline of this call, don’t hesitate and submit your proposal!

Note that institutional funding cannot be applied for through our calls for proposals. 

Timeline – General call for proposals 2019-3

Deadline to submit
Sunday 29 September 2019 (before midnight)

Decision first round
Monday 21 October 2019 by 18:00 at the latest

Uitslag tweede ronde
Friday 29 November 2019 by 18:00 at the latest

The process goes as follows:


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Calendar 2019

General call 2019 – 1
Open: 21 December through 27 January
Decision: 29 March

General call 2019 – 2
Open: 6 May through 2 June
Decision: 9 August

General call 2019 – 3
Open: 2 September through 29 September
Decision: 29 November