Call For The 2Nd Innovation Grants WEB (2)

Call for the Second Innovation Grants: Core Support for Independent Media in the Southern Neighbourhood

Maharat Foundation in collaboration with Free Press Unlimited (FPU), is launching an opportunity to apply for the second innovation grant within a program called “Core Support for Independent Media in the Southern Neighborhood” with the support of the European Union.


Who can Apply:

1- Media start-ups; journalism incubators

2- Innovative media initiatives

3- Non-profit and for-profit media organizations

4- Individual journalists (freelancers) and entrepreneurs, journalist collectives


Additionally, any initiatives or applicants which have previously benefited from funding under the ‘Core Support for Independent Media in the Southern Neighbourhood’ are ineligible for this grant cycle. 


Target countries:

Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Syria


Maximum duration of the grant is six months and aims to support projects that can advance new or scale up promising media innovation.


The selected candidates will benefit from support on design thinking methods and will be mentored by the regional partner (Maharat Foundation) based on their needs and demands.


Terms of submission and selection:

- Innovative (out of the box thinking, new alliances and partnership)

- Ability to commit and collaborate with project coordinators

- The ability to diversify sources and reach marginalized groups


Duration and Budget:

Maximum duration of the grant is six months, each grantee can receive an amount of maximum 20,000 Euro (Maximum of 70% will be funded, with the expectation that the remaining 30% of the total budget comes from other means)


3 projects per grant cycle will be selected


To Apply for the Grant:

Applications (proposal and budget) must be submitted in English or Arabic to using the attached templates to this call.


Note: The email sent must include in the Subject field “Innovation Grant”, as well as to attach the three required documents, which are the proposal, budget and Activity timetable,  according to the templates below.


Submission deadline is before June 23rd, 2023.


Applicants will be informed about the status of their grant request a maximum of one month after submission.


Below you will find the details of the grant in Arabic and English and the forms to be submitted, including the "proposal form, budget template and activity template":