Call for concept notes

March 17, 2017


About Community Media Fund

The role of media and journalism is not confined to news organisations, broadcasting companies or governments—within Africa, a large and growing community media sector is linked to enterprises, civil society, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that focus on issues of transparency, accountability and governance.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) to enhance citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to support policies and practices that drive inclusive economic and human development locally, regionally and nationally.  The CMF’s will make disbursements to grantees in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

What are we looking for?

The CMF seeks to award grants to grants grants to key civil society organizations, community media and non-governmental organisations in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to strengthen citizen journalism, enhance the financial literacy of citizens, improve their access to relevant data and build the capacity of community media to improve governance and accountability through analysis and reporting.

Concept notes from eligible organizations who are implementing interventions in the following thematic areas are currently being accepted:

  • Producing and disseminating media content on their host communities; and or
  • Focusing on transparency and accountability, financial Journalism, financial literacy, greater access to data, social justice, or investigative reporting.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible grant applicants must:

  • Be an Africa-focused and headquartered:
    • Civil society organisation (CSO)/non-governmental organisation (NGO) supporting community media; or
    • Media training institution; or
    • Community media outlet, including an outlet affiliated with educational institutions; or
    • Network of community media; or
    • CSO/NGO supporting initiatives that increase the visibility of emerging non-traditional reporters; or a
    • CSO/NGO focusing on transparency, accountability and financial literacy at the community level.
  • Be registered in good standing in accordance with the relevant laws of Kenya or Nigeria or South Africa. 
  • Be directly responsible for the preparation, implementation and management of the proposed project.
  • Have prior experience carrying out activities in priority areas of this RFP, specifically:
    • producing and disseminating media content on their host communities; and/or
    • focusing on transparency and accountability, financial Journalism, financial literacy, greater access to data, social justice, or investigative reporting.
  • Must have a bank account and be willing to open a separate account for the grant. and
  • Must have certified financial audit reports.

For more details on eligibility and application requirements for the CMF call for concept notes please download the full CMF Request for Proposals (RFP) document from the right side bar.

What do we offer?

The CMF will have two rounds of a call for proposals.  This is the first round.  The second round will be in 2018. The minimum grant amount is $10,000 USD. The CMF will award grants for a minimum duration of six months and a maximum of 12 months.

How to apply

To apply please download the Concept Note Proposal submission from the right side bar.  The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 19 April 2017 at 17.00hrs East Africa Time (EAT) (UTC+3).  All concept notes must be completed in English. 


Please direct questions to  For more information about the Community Media Fund, click here.