How to apply

It is only possible to submit applications for project support during announced calls for proposals, by registering it via the SDM portal on this website. This enables the Democracy and Media Foundation to review all applications quickly and efficiently. The foundation will open calls for proposals approximately three times each year. Some calls will put emphasis on a specific focus area. Applying for institutional support is not possible. Only organisations with an existing relationship with the foundation are eligible and will be invited to apply by the Democracy and Media Foundation.

Are you not sure if your project is eligible for funding at the Democracy and Media Foundation? Send an e-mail with an outline of the project (max. 400 words) to We will try to answer within two weeks. If you haven’t heard anything yet near the deadline, do not wait for a response and submit your proposal.

In 2018 the General call will open according to the following shedule:

2018 – 1
Open: 3 January – 28 January
Decision: 29 March

2018 – 2 
Open: 30 April – 27 May
Decision: 27 July

2018 – 3 
Open: 3 September – 30 September
Decision: 30 November

The Democracy and Media Foundation is a financially independent organisation that bases financial support on its own assessments.