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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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Merel Borger is executive director of Limelight Foundation. Floor Milar is program manager.

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