The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) to enhance citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to support policies and practices that drive inclusive economic and human development locally, regionally and nationally. The CMF’s will make disbursements to grantees in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The CMF seeks to award grants to key civil society organizations, community media and non-governmental organisations in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to strengthen citizen journalism, enhance the financial literacy of citizens, improve their access to relevant data and build the capacity of community media to improve governance and accountability through analysis and reporting. Concept notes from eligible organizations who are implementing interventions in the following thematic areas are currently being accepted:
- Producing and disseminating media content on their host communities; and or
- Focusing on transparency and accountability, financial Journalism, financial literacy, greater access to data, social justice, or investigative reporting.
The CMF will have two rounds of a call for proposals. This is the first round. The second round will be in 2018. The minimum grant amount is $10,000 USD. The CMF will award grants for a minimum duration of six months and a maximum of 12 months.