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Welcome to the 10th edition of Bottom Line!

Since our last edition we have, like many of you, been busy responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

In the last 5 weeks we have updated, expanded, and improved the emergency and crisis resources featured in the Fundraising Guide to better support journalists and media workers Ukraine and other conflict zones.

The Fundraising Guide now lists: 

💰20+ emergency funds for media in crisis

🆘45+ emergency resources for media and journalists, including 

💸17+ fundraising campaigns specifically aimed at helping journalists and media working in or on Ukraine.

🇺🇦 All resources have also been published on a dedicated Ukrainian language resource centre for Ukrainian journalists and media. You can send information about your emergency response/resources in Ukrainian or English to

Next week we will be launching the 🇫🇷French and 🇪🇸Spanish versions of the Fundraising Guide on April 7 at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. Please look out for the launch next week and help us by sharing the guide with your colleagues and partners everywhere!

As always, let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for how we can make this newsletter and our fundraising resources more useful. For example, what languages would you like to see the Fundraising Guide translated into next? We want to hear from you!

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Anne Marie Hammer
GFMD Programmes and Project Manager

"From the long-term perspective, we need to make sure that media, especially those of national significance, will continue to operate and report on the war effectively."
– Zakhar Protsiuk, managing editor at The Fix

Below are a series of excerpts from the Fundraising Guide related to the Ukraine crisis. For a more extensive overview of the resources you can also access this recent summary on the GFMD website.

Logistical Support

Help for grant applications

Media industry publication The Fix is connecting media to other donors and/or helping with grant applications so that media staff in Ukraine don’t have to spend time on paperwork. You can contact them by writing to


Katapult, an independent magazine with offices located in north-eastern Germany, is offering editorial office space for Ukrainian journalists who have fled the country. The company is offering 2000 m² of office space plus desks, computers, servers & accommodation.

You can find further resources on logistical support here.

Digital Support

Free DW Resources to Avoid Disinformation and Circumvent Censorship

DW Freedom (Twitter), a project of Deutsche Welle, highlights complex issues surrounding free speech, free expression and a free press around the world. In connection with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine they recommend a series of articles they have published on circumventing censorship and moving unrecognised on the internet.

DW Innovation also recommends accessing InfoMigrants, “a news and information site for migrants to counter misinformation at every point of their journey: in their country of origin, along the route, or in the places where they hope to start a new life.” The site is a joint-venture of DW, ANSA and France Médias Monde

Pro-bono protection against DDOS attacks

If you are the victim of a DDOS attack, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) can refer your organisation to Cloudflare, an American web infrastructure and website security company that provides content delivery network and DDoS mitigation services. Cloudflare offers pro-bono protections against DDOS attacks for organisations referred by NED. For assistance, please contact

You can find further resources on digital support here.


Below are a few of the funding opportunities available to Ukrainian media-in-crisis and to journalists covering the conflict. 

Consortium offering 
Financial help
for independent UA media

Deadline: N/A
International Consortium:
Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund
Deadline: N/A
ICFJ Pamela Howard 
Crisis Reporting Fund
Deadline: April 8
Rory Peck Trust 
Crisis Fund
Deadline: N/A
For more emergency funding opportunities, many of which are related to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, click here.

For more funding, see the Funding Opportunities section of our website. 
Schöpflin Stiftung

The Schöpflin Stiftung is committed to helping young people and future generations create a self-reliant life for themselves. The foundation uses social venture capital to allow young people to experiment and spread these ideas throughout civil society.

Together with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation, the foundation is launching the JX Fund, a European fund for journalists in exile. The goal is to help exiled media workers settle into their new locations, allowing them to continue their work and to strengthen independent media forced to flee war and persecution.

See GFMD’s profile on the Schöpflin Stiftung here.

European Endowment for Democracy

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union and EU member states to foster democracy in the European Neighbourhood and beyond.

In exceptional and clearly justified situations, EED may process a limited number of requests on an urgent basis. You can apply for support on the EED website. To request emergency support you should tick the box at the bottom of the application form and provide a brief explanation as to why your request is urgent, and the potential consequences if you do not receive funding urgently. You can apply for support through the secure application form on the EED website.

See GFMD’s full profile on the EED here.

What to read this month
  • Even before the war, Russia ferociously controlled how their relationship with Ukraine was described. A week after the invasion, a new law banned words such as “war” or “invasion” from Russian news. Human rights and press watchdogs groups are fiercely standing up against this new law but this attack against press freedom raises the question: how will the Russian people have access to truthful information about their country’s wrongdoings? This article is based on the discussion held during the webinar “Will Russia’s Independent Journalism Survive the Kremlin’s Crackdown?” organised by the Vienna-based Presseclub Concordia, Forum for Journalism and Media, and the International Press Institute (IPI). Read the full article here
  • Jakub Parusinski, a former journalist at the Kyiv Post, is raising millions of euros to support the Ukrainian media landscape. Through The Fix - the media industry publication he co-founded - Parusinski is working hand-in-hand with a consortium to keep independent Ukrainian media afloat. He shares his story, lessons learned the hard way, and what it is like to switch from journalist to a wartime logistics operator. Learn more about what the consortium is doing, and how they try to manage chaos in this article. 

  • Three Ukrainian news outlets are now collaborating with the NFT  (non-fongible token) platform Vault to monetise access to their content, and get some minimum financial support to keep doing their work. A total of 10,000 of the keys at $99.99 each will be sold to serve as a very innovative paywall. Can bypassing the traditional banking system in this way be a viable new way to support media in Ukraine? Learn more in this article from the Press Gazette.

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