Media Invited to Apply for Funding to Support Coverage of Development Issues

Media professionals interested in applying for funding under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are advised that applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2012 round. The application period for this round has been extended in order to facilitate the busy schedules of potential applicants.

The Fund is open to all media disciplines and encourages proposals that promote positive impressions of developing countries

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was established in memory of the late Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed in Saudi Arabia while working with the BBC in 2004.  The aim of the Fund is to promote more and better quality coverage of development issues in the Irish media and, by extension, to promote a greater understanding of the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.

The Fund is open to all media disciplines and encourages proposals that promote positive impressions of developing countries across areas such as health, education, environment, business and sport.  Projects that explore the issues of climate change / sustainability; promotion of a positive image of Africa / tackling stereotypes; and / or that are relevant to the Millennium Development Goals will be favoured by the judging panel, as will projects that focus on Irish Aid’s partner countries in Africa and Asia.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the winter round is 5pm on Friday, 12 October 2012. 

For further information, see: www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.