The Simon Cumbers Media Fund

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January 15th, 2018

The Story of a Rohingya Journey

Fund recipient Angela Mahon travelled to Burma/Bangladesh to report on the plight of the Rohingya people. Angela’s project included a visit to refugee camps and Read more

January 15th, 2018

Ethiopia: Empowering women to fight against gender inequality and violence

Independent.ie journalist Catherine Devine received funding under the summer 2017 round to travel to Ethiopia to report on gender inequality and violence, Read more

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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.

The winter 2017 round is now closed. The summer 2018 round will open in March 2018. 

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.

Proposed projects should focus on international development themes, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and applicants must demonstrate the relevance of their project to one or more of the seven Irish Aid Priority Areas for Action. These priority areas include: hunger, climate change, trade and economic growth and human rights.

All applicants are eligible to apply for funding to cover photographic exhibition costs, provided there is a photographic element in their main project proposal, and the applicant clearly sets out how they will use the exhibition to increase the reach of the project and raise understanding of development issues. Budget guidelines are available to download here.

Successful applications are chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid, the Cumbers Family and a number of individual media and development 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.

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