Bishkek Media Small Grants Program

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326461
Opportunity Number: STATE-BISHKEK-PAS-20-0005
Opportunity Title: Bishkek Media Small Grants Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: To promote free flow of information and freedom of expression through support for independent and responsible journalism in the Kyrgyz Republic. Programs should aim at strengthening capacity and sustainability of media organizations to report with transparency and objectivity, maintain independence, build sustainability; and reduce self-censorship, particularly on sensitive topics such as religious tolerance, minorities, conflict, and governance.
CFDA Number(s): 19.900
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This program supports the development of Country’s media institutions by competitively awarding small grants to: ➢ Kyrgyz Republic-registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and associations working in media-related area;➢ Kyrgyz Republic-registered independent media organizations.
Agency Code: DOS-KGC
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Kyrgyzstan
Posted Date: Apr 21, 2020
Close Date: May 06, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 21, 2020
Award Ceiling: $50,000
Award Floor: $15,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 6
Description: The Embassy’s Media Small Grants Program serves to support local civil innovative strategies that contribute to the following goals: Strengthen regional security and stability and transnational threats; Strengthen entrepreneurship and small business development initiatives; Support a more inclusive and accountable democracy. The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) in Bishkek is soliciting proposals for grants/cooperative agreements from Kyrgyz non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and associations working in the media sector and Kyrgyz independent media organizations. 1. Problem Statement: The rapid expansion of online information resources radically increased the reach of new media over the last decade. There is a critical need to promote strong norms of professional journalism, support investigative journalism and fact-checking, and improve digital literacy among the general public. 2. Goal of this solicitation is to promote free flow of information and freedom of expression through support for independent and responsible journalism. Programs should aim at strengthening capacity and sustainability of media organizations to report with transparency and objectivity, maintain independence, build sustainability; and reduce self-censorship, particularly on sensitive topics such as religious tolerance, minorities, conflict, and governance. Targeted independent media entities must be those that promote human rights, gender equality, rule of law, democratic processes, and government accountability, and that empower women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups. Proposed programs should be innovative and clearly demonstrate how they will complement ongoing programs and avoid duplicating past efforts. They may include activities that improve upon or expand existing successful projects. 3. Priority Target audiences: Media entities, media managers and professionals, social media influencers.
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