Call for Proposals: Community Media Fund 2017 for Civil Society Organizations across Africa ( $10,000 USD Grant)

Application Deadline: May 24th 2017

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.

Eligible Requirements

Eligible grant applicants must:

  1. Be an Africa-focused and headquartered:
    • Civil society organisation (CSO)/non-governmental organisation (NGO) supporting community media; or
    • Media training institution; or
    • Community media outlet, including an outlet affiliated with educational institutions; or
    • Network of community media; or
    • CSO/NGO supporting initiatives that increase the visibility of emerging non-traditional reporters; or a
    • CSO/NGO focusing on transparency, accountability and financial literacy at the community level.
  2. Be registered in good standing in accordance with the relevant laws of Kenya or Nigeria or South Africa.
  3. Be directly responsible for the preparation, implementation and management of the proposed project.
  4. Have prior experience carrying out activities in priority areas of this RFP, specifically:
    • 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.
  5. Must have a bank account and be willing to open a separate account for the grant. and
  6. Must have certified financial audit reports.


  • 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.

How to Apply:

To apply please download the Concept Note Proposal submission form below  The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 24 May 2017 at 17.00hrs East Africa Time (EAT) (UTC+3).  All concept notes must be completed in English.



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