International rapid response grants available for community broadcasters

International media aid NGO Internews has launched a small rapid response grant for grassroots and community broadcasters to fund COVID-19 related programming.

The grant amount is up to US $5000.

Priority will be given in this round of funding to organisations that serve marginalized and underrepresented communities. Grassroots and community-based media outlets are particularly encouraged to apply.

The grant program aims to support activities including:

  • Content designed to reach audiences in any medium: print, audio, video and on any platform: print, radio, TV, website, mobile phone, social media.
  • Creation, production and dissemination of information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 that will keep people safe and help them make informed decisions for themselves, their families and communities: scientific developments, symptoms and treatment, local health policies and procedures, daily useful local community news and information, etc
  • Creation, production and dissemination of information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 that targets and/or elevates the voices and needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized: refugees, displaced, LGBTQI, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, victims of gender-based violence.
  • Creation, production and dissemination of journalism and reporting related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 that holds governments and service providers accountable for their handling of the crisis: data journalism, tech reporting, economic reporting, political and policy reporting.
  • Creation, production and dissemination of information that highlights and critically evaluates civic restrictions, censorship, and attacks on civil society and the press that governments may try to justify in response to the COVID-19 crisis, online or offline.
  • Creation, production, and dissemination of reporting related to digital safety best practices, as well as digital security threats or cyberattacks that relate directly to risks being created by the coronavirus and COVID-19.
  • Data science, network mapping, data visualization/localization, and other innovative initiatives that contribute to the dissemination of and safe access to quality information related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Training and mentoring of content creators and information providers.
  • Fact-checking initiatives; work that tracks or combats rumors and misinformation.
  • Procuring supplies necessary to improve newsroom safety or to allow for remote newsroom set ups and remote coverage of COVID-19, including phone/internet cards for staff, boom microphones, online/remote recording tools, transportation for staff who would normally take public transportation, cleaning costs for newsrooms, etc.

Stations and program makers interested in applying should act quickly, applications for this round close in one week (28 May). Other rounds are expected to open after the current grant round.

Application details here.


Photo: Internews


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