Limelight Foundation

We support
a strong and freeinformation ecosystem
in the digital age

What we do

We fund and support journalism and civil society organizations that are committed to:
●  the production of independent quality information;
●  the development of supporting technologies;
●  an enabling environment for pluriform and independent information in the public interest.

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Who we support

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ARENA for Journalism in Europe

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1 July 2022 - 30 June 2025
36 months

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Support to the Collaborative Desk.

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Bellingcat

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2024
36 months

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Hiring in-house digital safety & security capacity.

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Bits of Freedom

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1 July 2021 - 31 Dec 2024
42 months

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Policy & advocacy work to improve digital rights in The Netherlands and at EU level.

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Civitates

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1 July 2021 - 31 Dec 2023
30 months

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Subfund for Independent Public Interest Journalism in Europe

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Coda Story

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1 July 2022 - 30 June 2025
36 months

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Core support.

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De Balie

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1 April 2022 - 31 Dec 2024
33 months

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Project support to the Live Journalism project.

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Digital Freedom Fund

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1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2024
37 months

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Core support for strategic litigation to improve digital rights in Europe.

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Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure (DIVD)

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1 April 2022 - 31 March 2025
36 months

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Core support.

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Drawing the Times

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2023
24 months

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Project support: Visual storytelling on climate change.

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European Digital Rights

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1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2024
36 months

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Core support to defend rights and freedoms online.

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Follow the Money

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1 Feb 2022 - 31 Dec 2024
35 months

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Project support to Bureau Brussel - independent investigative journalism into EU decision-making.

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Forbidden Stories

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2024
36 months

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Support for production & distribution of journalistic work.

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Free Press Unlimited

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1 june 2022 - 30 November 2023
18 months

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Project support to Media Lifeline Ukraine.

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Investico

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1 July 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
42 months

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Core support.

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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

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1 May 2022 - 30 April 2025
36 months

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Support to the creation of an EU base.

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International Press Institute

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1 March 2022 - 31 March 2022
1 month

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Donation for safety equipment for journalists in Ukraine.

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Journalismfund.eu

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1 April 2022 - 31 December 2023
21 months

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Support to the European Cross Border Grants program.

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Lighthouse Reports

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2024
36 months

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Support for production & distribution of journalistic work.

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Media Defence

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1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2024
36 months

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Donation for legal support to journalists and independent media in Europe and for strategic litigation to improve press freedom in Europe.

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Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

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1 April 2022 - 31 December 2024
33 months

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Support to the move of OCCRPs headquarters.

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Reporters without Borders

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1 March 2022 - 31 May 2022
3 months

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Donation to press freedom centre in Lviv, Ukraine.

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SIDN Fonds

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
12 months

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Joint call for proposals to develop tools that improve our ‘Grip on Desinformation’.

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Stichting 1877

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1 Sept 2022 – 31 Dec 2023
16 months

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Support to the production of investigative journalism.

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The Other Room

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1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2023
25 months

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Project support for documentary series on cyber surveillance.

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The European AI Fund

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1 April 2022 - 31 Dec 2023
21 months

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Collaborative philanthropic fund to shape the direction of AI in Europe.

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There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

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How we work

Limelight Foundation is an independent philanthropic foundation, based in the Netherlands.

We are not issue driven. We support journalism and civil society organizations that are independent of vested interests.

We provide different types and sizes of funding and support, depending on what is needed.

We proactively look for funding opportunities that are in line with our mission. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Who we are

Limelight Foundation was founded in 2021 by John Caspers. John is an internet entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of payment platform Adyen. Limelight Foundation receives its annual donation budget from John Caspers and from the Hartwig Foundation.

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The board consists of John Caspers, Merel Borger, Hannah de Jong and Sjef Peeraer. Board members receive no remuneration other than a modest attendance fee.

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Floor Milar and Willem Lenders are program managers. Andrea Simonca is office manager.

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Our advisory board advises on strategy and donations. We are currently looking for members.