Support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery

In 2016, after a very favourable evaluation of our work, the Dutch Postcode Lottery once again decided to team up with Free Press Unlimited for another five-year term.

We are grateful to the 2.7 million people who take part in the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Through their participation, they help give people in countries like Bangladesh and Sudan access to reliable, unbiased information. In addition, the Dutch Postcode Lottyer organisation awarded Free Press Unlimited an un-earmarked contribution of € 900,000 in 2016.

Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that independent news and information are and remain available to people all over the world. Particularly in countries where there is little to no press freedom, or freedom in general.” – Margriet Schreuders, Head of Charities at the Dutch Postcode Lottery

In a nutshell, this is why the Dutch Postcode Lottery and major donors like the private fund Humanity United (part of the Omidyar Group) support our work. Their willingness to support our activities with funding, think along and collaborate with us is of vital importance for journalists and media organisations in fragile states.

Dutch Postcode Lottery Fund

Since 2009, the Dutch Postcode Lottery Fund has been enabling Dutch journalists to make unique international reportages. These reports consistently focus on important issues like the environment, human rights or people’s daily lives abroad. The Netherlands’ media organisations have less and less budget for foreign reports, most of the reports are made based on desk research. Thanks to the Dutch Postcode Lottery Fund, journalists can travel abroad and inform the Dutch public via the radio, television, the internet and print publications. The ongoing need for this funding is once again illustrated by the increased number of applications in the year under review: from 57 in 2015 to 72 in 2016. We awarded funding to a total of 27 trips, which yielded 25 publications in 2016 alone.

In 2016, the Dutch Nationale Postcode Lottery decided to continue supporting this important programme for another two years and increased the annual contribution to € 250,000 per year. It approved our request to expand the Dutch Postcode Lottery Fund’s scope to include investigative journalism productions. Starting in the second half of 2016, the fund will offer additional funding opportunities for in-depth, critical investigative reportages that include attention to women’s rights. The fund has already approved the first application in this field, and the two female journalists are currently on location. The results of their work will be published in the course of 2017. However, it did become clear from the details in the other five applications – which did not concern investigative reportages, strictly speaking – that we needed to clarify the funding criteria. We have since done this, and we presently expect to receive more relevant proposals.