Non-profit media are established through citizens’ initiatives and have an important role in democratic societies since they provide deep insight into public interest themes, and strengthen the rule of law by conducting public oversight of the government’s work. Good practice examples show well-designed regulatory framework and stable, structured financial support strongly contributed to the development and resilience of the non-profit media sector. Since such support is lacking in the case of Croatia, implementation of the project Formal Association of Non-Profit Digital Media (FUNDME) will result in the creation of an association for civil society organizations which are publishers of electronic non-profit media, primary envisioned as a resource for the exchange of knowledge and good practices. Media policy analysis and media context analysis will be used as a basis for advocacy activities aimed at securing stable and long-term public support for the development and resilience of non-profit media, and raising awareness of the growing importance of non-profit media in our democracies. The project will contribute to a strong and vibrant civil society by supporting and promoting institutional and horizontal forms of cooperation between civil society organizations.
Project partners are Udruga za promicanje medijske kulture, umjetnosti i tolerancije Lupiga – svijet kroz obične oči (portal Lupiga.com), Kurziv – Platforma za pitanja kulture, medija i društva (portal Kulturpunkt.hr) and Faktograf – udruga za informiranu javnost (portal Faktograf.hr). Project FUNDME (Formal Association of Non-Profit Digital Media) is supported through the Active Citizens Fund, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway as part of the EEA grants. Total value of the project is 29.992,40 euro and the implementation period is 01/09/22-30/11/2023. Contact person: Duje Prkut, Project Coordinator ([email protected]).