“Promoting a conducive environment for local media, strengthening their capacity, independence and professionalism, as well as their ability to produce quality journalistic content” – these are the objectives of the Action “EU Support for Local Media Outlets in Moldova”. The main implementing body of this European project is Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation in collaboration with People in Need, Thomson Foundation, ‘Cu Sens’ and Slovak Foreign Policy Association.

The project activities will take place in the form of trainings, tailored mentoring and expert consultations, as well as online networking for beneficiaries for the whole duration of the project. An additional project component will be a study visit to Slovakia. An integral part of the project will also be the provision of direct financial support, in the form of a small grants scheme, for all the participating local media outlets. The grants scheme will address the needs of specific media outlets, including operational costs coverage, costs of staff and human resource development, purchase of equipment or software.

Target beneficiaries of the Action include local media outlets from the northern, central and southern regions of the Republic of Moldova. They are divided into two main groups – local media start-ups (starting initiatives) and well-established local media outlets. The Action will focus on three categories of media – print, online and local TV channels. The call for proposals is planned to be announced in October 2022.