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Winter 2018 round now open

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund is now accepting proposals on development-related issues from media professionals who wish to travel to a developing country to report on contemporary life there.

Proposals should centre on international development themes, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 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 climate change, health, human rights, poverty and water. 

Applications from journalists from all media disciplines and outlets are encouraged. Photographers may also apply for funding to present a photographic exhibition as part of their submission. Judges will assess applications against criteria such as originality, the reach of the project and its potential to raise understanding of development issues among Irish audiences.

Launching the winter 2018 round, Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD commented: “Ireland plays a leading role in driving sustainable, international development and helping to empower local communities, from Vietnam to Mozambique and beyond. Irish Aid plays an essential role in this effort through a variety of initiatives, including the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

“The Fund provides media professionals with an opportunity to cover topics that may otherwise go unreported, while offering a platform to the individuals and communities behind those stories. I would encourage reporters and photographers to think broadly about how their particular journalistic interests could be applied to a development setting and to submit a proposal.”

The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the winter 2018 round is Wednesday, 31st October at 5pm.

Click here to read the guidelines and here to apply.