Open Call: Sub-Grants to Support Local Media Outlets in Albania

Open Call: Sub-Grants to Support Local Media Outlets in Albania

Open Call: Sub-Grants to Support Local Media Outlets in Albania

Within the framework of the project “Strengthening Media Freedom, Professionalism and Journalists’ Safety in Albania”, BIRN Albania is launching an open call for sub-grants in support of local media outlets in Albania (NGOs), which will provide them with technical, editorial and financial resources to report independently, ethically and in a gender-balanced way.

The three-year project: “Strengthening Media Freedom, Professionalism and Journalists’ Safety in Albania” is implemented by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania), in cooperation with Science for Innovation Development Centre (SCiDEV) and Qendra Faktoje.

The project is awarded within the EU funded Call: “Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2022 and Thematic Programme for Human Rights and Democracy 2022-2023” with a reference number: IPAIII/2023/451-708.

BIRN Albania has opened a call for 3 (three) Sub-Grants to support local media outlets in Albania (NGOs) with technical editorial and financial resources in order to report independently, ethically and in a gender-balanced way. The objective of this call is enhancing local media outlets (NGOs) production, targeting specific audiences, particularly youth, women and minority/ vulnerable groups, through technical, editorial and financial support.

BIRN Albania will grant EUR 8,000 – 15,000 to three successful applicants interested in this open call, with duration of action from 10 months to 12 months. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must cover 100% of total eligible costs of the action.

Expected results for each grant:

  • Media articles, fact checking and other multimedia content (video, visualizations, podcasts, etc) on human rights abuses, fundamental rights violations, local government accountability and underreported topics relevant to local communities, will be produced and published by the grant beneficiaries.
  • Freedom of Information requests to relevant public bodies will be submitted by the grant beneficiaries.
  • Joint meetings with local representatives (CSOs and community members) conducted by the grant beneficiaries.
  • Active participation of the grant beneficiaries on networking and exchange meetings, training and mentoring activities, organised by the contracting authority.

Who will be supported:

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

  • a non-governmental organization registered and acting in the territory of Albania for more than 12 months from the date of application;
  • have an active, periodically updated media outlet;
  • non-profit making;
  • directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action;
  • have previous experience (during the last 12 months) in implementing grants on media sector

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted in one envelope which should contain the following documents:

  • Administrative documents as per list in section 2.1.1. must be sent only in electronic format (USB or CD).
  • Full Application Form (Annex 1), Budget (Annex 2) and Log-frame (Annex 3) must be sent in hardcopy, signed and sealed by the legal representative, and in the electronic version.

On the outer envelope must be written: The name of the applicant organization and title of the project proposal.

Applications must be submitted at the address below:

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Albania (BIRN Albania)

Address: Str. Nikolla Jorga, Apt. 8/8, Tirana, Albania

Applications sent by any other means (e.g. by email) or delivered to other addresses will be rejected.

The deadline for the submission of applications is July 15, 2024, 17.00 hours

For more details regarding the application procedure please see the Guidelines for Subgranting Scheme.


Please find attached the application package:

Annex 1: Application Form

Annex 2: Budget Form

Annex 3: Logical Framework Form

Annex 4: Checklist for the application

Annex A – Annex E: Administrative documents