The aim of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund is to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media.¬† Two rounds of funding are allocated every year: one in summer, and one in winter.
Any media organisation, media professional or media student can apply for funding.¬† Applications for print or broadcast projects are accepted, as well as for photographic and new media projects.¬† Collaborative applications are also encouraged, for example, a joint application from a photographer and a print journalist.
Successful applications are chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid, the Cumbers Family and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, in addition to a number of individual media experts.¬† Applications are assessed by the judging panel for evidence of the following:
- Innovation in treatment of development themes.
- Innovation in project approach.
- Demonstrated experience and evidence of relevant expertise.
- Collaboration across various types of media.
- Estimated audience / readership reach.
- Likely position on broadcast schedule / prominence in publication or online media.
- Value for money.
Applications for the Summer 2013 funding round are now being accepted. All applications should be sent directly to: email@example.com. Closing date is Friday, 10th May 2013.
All applicants are advised to read the guidelines before submitting their application form. Applicants are also encouraged to look at information available in the supporting materials page to assist in preparing their applications.
Please Note: The views and opinions expressed in articles funded under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are those of the journalist and / or their interviewees. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Irish Government.