The Simon Cumbers Media Fund

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October 20th, 2017

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All applications must demonstrate proof of commitment from at least one media outlet – based in the Republic of Ireland – to broadcast or publish the proposed media project. This letter of commitment must be filled in by the editor / producer of the media outlet, indicating their intention to publish / broadcast the project within the specified timeframe. It must also be submitted on the media outlet’s headed paper. A commitment letter is required even where the applicant is the producer / editor. The proof of commitment must be addressed to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and included with the application form. The media outlet must also undertake to credit the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

Download the letter of commitment template here. 

In the case of applications for the funding of an exhibition, proof of commitment is required from any / all exhibition outlets included in the application. The letter of commitment should include broad details of the scope of the exhibition (i.e. a commitment to display X frames, the duration for which it will be displayed and the expected visitor / viewing numbers.) The proof of commitment must be addressed to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and appended with the application form upon submission. The media outlet must also undertake to credit the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

Applicants applying for the funding of an exhibition should also submit three samples of their published photographic work or include a link to a professional photographic gallery.

Funding sought must be for costs to facilitate the project, for example, travel; out-of-pocket expenses (accommodation, subsistence, etc.); research expenses (publications or attendance at a conference or event); and resources (aids or equipment rental to facilitate your project). In the case of applications for the funding of an exhibition, these costs may cover the printing and mounting of photographs.

The Fund will not cover staff wages or production costs, or travel within Ireland. Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to cover ‘in-kind’ costs (such as production costs associated with publishing or broadcasting the proposed media project).

To promote sustainability and to help the local economy, collaboration between applicants and local stakeholders and service providers, such as photographers, is encouraged.

Applicants are expected to source the best value available in relation to flights, transport, accommodation and any other costs associated with their project.

Download the sample budget list.