The Ministry of Culture accompanies local news media through a grant, allowing them to ensure the continuity of their mission.

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What is the support fund for local social information media?

The support fund for local social information media helps toaccompany financial development of anchored media locally, providing local information and fostering the continuity of the relationship between the inhabitants of a neighbourhood, city or region. The fund takes the form of a call for projects where only media that best meet the eligibility criteria can be assisted.

Definition of a local media

Local social information media are defined as press publications, online press services (press website, newsletter, webtélé, webradio, etc.) or other electronic communication services to the public that:

  • regularly renew online content of general interest
  • are subject to journalistic treatment

As tools for information, expression, creation and dialogue, local media build trust with citizens and are the best bulwark against “digital populism”. As a vector of information and social cohesion, they help to enhance and develop the image of territories, in particular in priority areas of city policy or rural revitalization areas and allow a wide public to become familiar with journalistic practice, thus contributing to the objective of media literacy.

Creative context

By decree of 26 April 2016, the Ministry of Culture has created a sustainable support fund dedicated to local social information media. These media (publications, press websites, radios, televisions, webTVs, webradios, etc.) are the subject of particular attention and have four main objectives:

  • they contribute to the strength of local democratic debate by giving voice to the inhabitants of the territories, urban and rural
  • they are a vector of information and a factor of social cohesion
  • they help to enhance the image of the territories and make it evolve
  • they enable a wide audience to become familiar with journalistic practice, thus contributing to the media education objective

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Example of previously supported projects

With a budget of €1.83 million in 2021, the fund has supported 152 media outlets.

A question?

If you have any questions about the support fund for local social information media, please contact the office of the economic regime of the press:

Media and Cultural Industries Branch (CMIB)
Office for the Economic Regime of the Press
01 40 15 32 97 
182 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris

The submission for the year 2022 has been completed.