Simon Cumbers Media Fund summer 2017 round closing shortly

Journalists and media professionals with an interest in reporting on issues in the developing world are invited to apply for funding under the summer 2017 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10th May at 5pm.

The Fund, which is designed to facilitate coverage of development issues in the Irish media, is supported by Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme. It was set up in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004.

Proposed projects should focus on international development themes, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and 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: hunger, climate change, trade and economic growth, and human rights.

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

Full details of the information session, guidelines, online application process and background to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are available on