This project is co-financed by the European Union
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Aswatona Fund for Media Development

The Aswatona Fund for Media Development is a multi-partner regional funding initiative to enhance a more independent media sector in the Maghreb and Mashreq through the development of community radio. This includes existing community radio projects, whether these are FM radios, internet radios or production groups, together with other civil society organisations with an interest in community media development. Our goal is to foster media pluralism, public voice and civil society participation in the media and to strengthen the voices of women, youth, remote and rural communities, and marginalised groups.

Organisations supported by the Aswatona Fund will be locally-based, independent media and civil society organisations, plus key stakeholders including professionals associations. The Fund is not open to individual applications. Organisations to be eligible must be legally registered entities, not run for profit, not affiliated with any political or religious organisation, and primarily working in one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria or Tunisia.

The Aswatona Fund for Media Development will offer grants for the following Actions:

Action 1 Exchange of experience and good practice

Action 2 Audience development and sustainability

Action 3 Social action and cultural content production

Action 4 Promotion of media policy dialogue

Action 5 Network development and solidarity


The third call for applications opened on 8 August 2016 and closes on 9 September 2016.


How to apply


The Aswatona Fund for Media Development is a partnership project of Community Media Solutions (UK), Community Media Network (Jordan), Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies (Egypt), Holy Land Trust (Palestine), and Forum Alternatives du Maroc in association with World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). This project is part of the European Union funded programme “Media and culture for development” which supports the efforts of the Southern Mediterranean countries’ in building deep-rooted democracy and to contribute to their sustainable economic, social and human development, through regional co-operation in the fields of media and culture.


Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-violence StudiesForum Alternatives du MarocHoly Land TrustAMARC