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Call key data

Support for the Media and Building Public Resilience to Disinformation - for the Republic of Moldova

Funding Program

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

Call number

EuropeAid/180556/DD/ACT/MD

deadlines

Opening
15.03.2024

Deadline
03.05.2024 14:00

Funding rate

80-95%

Call budget

€ 1,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to the reforms in the area of media and to the public resilience to disinformation in line with the EU acquis and ILO standards.

Call objectives

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • Lot 1 – To support independent and free media in Moldova

The priorities for Lot 1 are:

    • Provide grant funding for media civil society organisations to mobilise technical expertise for coaching and mentoring of journalists, conduct trainings, procurement of technical equipment and software, including sub granting to local and national media, individual online activists such as bloggers, vloggers, but not limited to;
    • Produce quality content (campaigns, materials) on the EU integration  and EU assistance;
    • Improve gender sensitivity of reporting, notably making sure that media reporting is free from gender stereotypes;

Each proposal under Lot 1 needs to address all three priorities.

  • Lot 2 – To support the public resilience to disinformation

The priorities for Lot 2 are:

    • Conduct media literacy campaigns and initiatives to build public resilience to disinformation
    • Cooperate with relevant state institutions, such as Audiovisual Council, Center for Strategic Communication and Combatting Disinformation and the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) to support communication activities such as campaigns and public outreach events, capacity building, digital education and cyber hygiene of the general public.

Each proposal under Lot 2 needs to address both priorities.

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Expected effects and impacts

All actions should be gender sensitive and rights-based. The actions should address crosscutting issues related to gender-equality, Climate Change, Biodiversity, inclusion of people with disabilities and minority groups. 

Expected results

To the sole purpose of providing a tentative indication and with no intention to be in any way exhaustive or prescriptive, actions may include, but are not limited to:

LOT 1: Support for Independent and Free Media

  • Increase awareness and understanding of EU affairs and EU approximation related topics by producing media content and awareness-raising campaigns and events;
  • Support quality content production for improved public awareness on EU related topics, Moldova’s reforms path towards the EU and what this means for citizens as a complex process, as well as in practical terms;
  • Provide support to media outlets to increase their quota of European audio-visual content as per the provisions of the Article 6 of the Audiovisual Media Services Code (AMSC) of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Improve the capacity of journalists and media outlets to diversify the funding sources for successful business models, media management, marketing, sales and branding, as well as content production tailored to specific the needs of the audience segments (success stories and long reads, investigative journalism, entertainment etc.);
  • Build digital and physical security resilience of journalists and newsrooms of media outlets, provide support to develop necessary security policies and facilities to cope with online security threats and cyber-attacks. 
  • To foster the collaboration of media workers and media outlets in the Republic of Moldova including through  sub-regional and regional networks for better exchange of good practices, innovations and sustainable initiatives for resilience to various crisis;
  • Advocate for the revision of the existing legislation and adoption of the new ones in accordance with the EU acquis and ILO standards;
  • Pilot innovative ideas and approaches in media sector to ensure increased coverage of EU related topics;
  • Foster collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders: government agencies, CSOs and media outlets;
  • Activities to develop quality media/journalistic content following the norms and rules highlighted in the Moldovan Journalists’ Code of Ethics;
  • Improve proficiency in deploying effective strategies for social media engagement and online monetisation;

LOT 2: Support the public resilience to disinformation:

  • Conduct creative ways, campaigns and activities to encourage identifying and reporting fake news and fighting disinformation;
  • Develop and improve media literacy among adult and young population helping to distinguish credible information from disinformation;
  • Support the national and local media outlets in developing content aiming to explain and combat disinformation and fake news; Enhance digital security and cyber hygiene by promoting the use of secure communication tools and, avoid cyber threats and protect personal data;
  • Develop innovative tools, such as printed/digital textbooks, online tutorials, interactive games and quizzes that could be used to combat disinformation and fake news and develop media literacy skills among the general public, including among Russian speaking target audience;
  • Cooperate with main state institutions, such as Audiovisual Council, Center for Strategic Communication and Combatting Disinformation and the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) to support communication activities such as campaigns and public outreach, capacity building, digital education and cyber hygiene of the general public..
  • Educate the general public about its rights, focusing on freedom of expression, access to information and digital security and to enhance the critical thinking;
  • Motivate citizens to identify and report cases of disinformation in the media, social media, and other platforms.

The following types of action are ineligible for both Lots:

  • actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
  • actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States
Moldova (Moldova)

eligible entities

International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Mandatory partnership

Yes

Project Partnership

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person
  • be non-profit-making
  • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 156 of the EU Financial Regulation and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in the Republic of Moldova or any other eligible country as stipulated in the basic act NDICI-GE. This obligation does not apply to international organisations.
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • The lead applicant must act with at least 1 co-applicant. Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.

other eligibility criteria

Location: Actions must take place in the Republic of Moldova.


Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

LOT 1: Support for Independent and Free Media

  • minimum amount: EUR 250,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 300,000

LOT 2: Support the public resilience to disinformation

  • minimum amount: EUR 350,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 400,000

Financial support to third parties

Applicants shall propose financial support to third parties.

Applicants shall propose financial support to third parties in order to help achieving the objectives of the action. FSTP shall represent at least 20% of the total value of the action.

The minimum amount of financial support per third party is EUR 5 000. The maximum amount of financial support per third party is EUR 60 000. 


Number of applications and grants per applicants / affiliated entities

The lead applicant may not submit more than 1 application per lot under this call for proposals.

The lead applicant may not be awarded more than 1 grant per lot under this call for proposals.

The lead applicant may not be a co-applicant or an affiliated entity in another application of the same lot at the same time.

A co-applicant/affiliated entity may not be the co-applicant or affiliated entity in more than 1 application per lot under this call for proposals.

A co-applicant/affiliated entity may not be awarded more than 1 grant per lot under this call for proposals.

Additional information

Topics

Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media, 
Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 18 and 36 months

Additional Information

To apply for this call for proposals the applicants need to:

  • Provide information about the organisations involved in the action. To this end, lead applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities must register in PADOR. Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals.
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/prospect  following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.
  • Applicants must apply in English.

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