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Simon Cumbers Media Fund seeks development-related proposals from local and national journalists
Press Releases, Simon Cumbers Media Fund | 16th May 2018


Tuesday, 15th May 2018

Simon Cumbers Media Fund seeks development-related proposals from local and national journalists

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund is now accepting proposals on development-related issues from journalists and photographers working for local and national media outlets. Submissions are encouraged from media professionals who wish to travel to a developing country to report on modern life there.

The Fund, which is designed to facilitate enhanced 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 gender equality, trade and economic growth, education, human rights and the environment.

Applications from journalists 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 potential reach of the project and its potential to raise understanding of development issues among Irish audiences.

Announcing the summer 2018 round, Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD said: “Ireland has a proud history of contributing to global development, which is recognised by the international community. Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, ensures Ireland continues this tradition and plays a key role in efforts to eradicate global poverty and hunger.

“The Simon Cumbers Media Fund represents a unique opportunity for media professionals to shine a light on development issues and the human experience that underpins them. The Fund has supported a diverse range of proposals to date, from agriculture, to fashion, to business and human rights, which reflects the modern, complex reality of life in developing countries. I would urge all media professionals to explore how a development context could be applied to their particular journalistic interests and to submit a proposal.”

An information session for those interested in applying to the Fund will be held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 on Thursday, 7th June 2018 from 11am to 1pm. Media professionals who wish to attend should register by emailing info@simoncumbersmediafund.ie, putting “Dublin Information Session” in the subject line.

The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the summer 2018 round is Friday, 22nd June at 5pm.

of the information session, guidelines, online application process and background to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are available on www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.


Contact: Louise Archbold / Joanne Ahern, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145 / 087-9881837.