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Updated: 14/09/17 : 06:30:41

Simon Cumbers Media Fund seeks proposals for development-related media projects

Simon Cumbers was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia 2004

Journalists and media professionals with an interest in reporting on issues in the developing world are invited to apply for funding under the winter 2017 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

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.

Announcing the winter 2017 round, Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD said: “Ireland has a key role to play in international development. Through Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, Ireland continues to lead in the fight against global poverty and hunger. The Simon Cumbers Media Fund provides media professionals with the opportunity to report on important development issues and to stimulate public debate on the same. Fund recipients highlight life in the developing world and give voices to those working to bring about change and those benefitting from that work. I would encourage any media professional with an interest in development issues and a good story to tell to apply to the Fund.”

An information session for those interested in applying will be held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 from 11am to 1pm. Media professionals who wish to attend should register by emailing, putting “Dublin Information Session” in the subject line.

The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the winter 2017 round is Friday, 27th October at 5pm.

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