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Aiming to support quality, engaging and innovative content production, local and regional collaboration, professional development, internships, networking, mobility, and validation of business ideas, the Western Balkans Media for Change project announces the grant-funding opportunities for individuals, media outlets, associations and other organisations from the Western Balkans.

The Western Balkans Media for Change project is funded by the UK Government and implemented by the British Council in partnership with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Thomson Foundation and INTRAC (The International NGO Training and Research Centre).

The grants that will be supported through this call should fall within these six (6) priority areas:

  1. Validation of a business idea
  2. Content production through learning, mobility or collaboration
  3. Strengthening public broadcasting service content and audience reach
  4. Audience development and engagement
  5. Networking support
  6. Promoting quality professional and ethical journalism

The activities should be implemented in the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The duration of the projects could range from one (1) month to up to six (6) months maximum.

Who can apply

  • Organisations – media outlets, both traditional and online media, groups/teams of journalists with the status of a legal entity (e.g. associations, formally established networks, etc) and non-governmental media organisations in Western Balkans countries.  
  • Individuals – media professionals, young journalists, students and media content creators
  • Initiatives – networks, groups, current or planned initiatives that aim at strengthening the role of women and youth in the media sector, promoting quality journalism, regional initiatives, etc.

For detailed information, eligibility criteria and guidelines, Western Balkans Media for Change invites all interested parties to download the documents that are attached to this post. Please follow the instructions in each document on how to submit your application(s).

  • This Call is open until 31 December 2024 at 24.00. The applicant can submit the application(s) throughout the period of this Call remaining open.

* All activities funded under this Call must end by 28 February 2025.

  • An applicant may submit more than one application under this grant scheme, as the call will be ongoing. However, applicants who have been awarded more than one grant are not allowed to implement multiple projects funded under this grant scheme simultaneously; there can only be one active grant agreement with the applicant at any point in time. Therefore, applicants should take into consideration the proposed timeframe when applying for grants.
  • Applications must be completed in English language.

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