Limelight Foundation

We support
a strong and freeinformation ecosystem
in the digital age

What we do

Limelight Foundation supports journalism and civil society organizations committed to a strong and free information ecosystem in the digital age.

We focus on three areas:

1.  the production and distribution of independent quality information;
2.  the infrastructure that is necessary for journalists to do their work; and
3.  the wider enabling environment within which quality information can flourish.

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Who we support

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AccessNow

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1 Dec. 2022 – 30 Nov. 2025
36 months

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Support for the Digital Security Helpline programme.

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ACOS Alliance

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15 Dec. 2023 – 14 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Program support.

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AI Forensics

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15 Dec. 2023 – 14 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Program support.

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Amnesty Tech Security Lab

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1 Sept. 2023 – 31 Aug. 2025
36 months

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Core support.

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Apache

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1 January 2024 – 31 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Program 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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Átlátszó

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1 Aug. 2023 – 31 July 2026
36 months

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Core support.

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Bellingcat

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2025
48 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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CiviCERT

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1 April 2023 – 31 May 2024
14 months

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Core support for the CiviCERT network.

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Civio

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1 Dec. 2023 – 31 Nov. 2026
36 months

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Core support.

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Civitates

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1 Jan. 2024 - 31 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Subfund for Independent Public Interest Journalism in Europe

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Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE)

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1 Oct. 2023 – 30 Sept. 2025
24 months

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Core support.

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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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Detector Media

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15 Dec. 2023 – 14 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Program support.

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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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European AI & Society Fund

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1 Jan. 2024 - 31 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Program support.

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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 2024 – 31 June 2027
36 months

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Program support.

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Glitch

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1 March 2024 – 28 February 2027
36 months

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Project support.

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Global Investigative Journalism Network

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1 April 2023 – 1 Oct. 2024
18 months

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Support for the Fellowship program of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2023, to support the participation of European journalists.

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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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Investigate Europe

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15 Nov. 2023 – 1 June 2024
6 months

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Project support.

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Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak

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1 September 2024 – 31 August 2027
36 months

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Project support.

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Investigative Reporting Project Italy

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1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026
36 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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Irish Council for Civil Liberties

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1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026
36 months

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Support for Enforce, a program that strives for technology that protects human rights and a healthy democracy in the digital age.

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Journalismfund.eu

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1 Jan. 2024 - 31 Dec. 2026
36 months

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Support to the European Cross Border Grants program.

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KRIK – Crime and Corruption Reporting Network

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1 March 2024 – 28 February 2027
36 months

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Project support.

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La Quadrature du Net

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1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026
36 months

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Core support.

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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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Media Development Investment Fund

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15 Dec. 2023 – 14 Dec. 2024
12 months

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Support for Pluralis.

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OKO.press

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1 April 2023 – 31 March 2026
36 months

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Core support for OKO.press.

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Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

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1 April 2022 - 31 Dec. 2024
33 months

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Support to the move of OCCRPs headquarters.

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Oštro

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1 Oct. 2023 – 31 Sept. 2026
36 months

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Core support.

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Qurium Media Foundation

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1 Dec. 2023 – 31 Dec. 2026
37 months

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Core support.

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Re:Baltica – The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism

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1 September 2024 – 31 August 2027
36 months

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Project support.

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Reporters United

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1 Aug. 2023 – 31 July 2026
36 months

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Core support.

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Stichting 1877

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1 Jan. 2024 – 31 Dec. 2026
36 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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Unbias the News

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1 July 2023 – 31 Dec. 2023
6 months

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Project support.

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Verdes Memórias

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1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026
36 months

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Support for Fumaça, an independent investigative newsroom and auditory online medium based in Portugal.

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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 co-founder 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, and Hannah de Jong. Board members receive an attendance fee.

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Alinda Vermeer is executive director of Limelight Foundation. Floor Milar and Willem Lenders are program managers. Andrea Simonca is program officer.

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Our advisory board advises on strategy and donations.