Independent Media Programming: Cyber Security and Resilience

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Funding Opportunity ID:332651
Opportunity Number:PAS-PRISTINA-FY21-04
Opportunity Title:Independent Media Programming: Cyber Security and Resilience
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:The United States Embassy in Kosovo announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to improve the security and resilience of Kosovo’s independent media online infrastructure through partnerships with ethical “white hat” hackers.
CFDA Number(s):19.900
Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit IT and Software organizations (Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO’s), and independent media outlets officially registered in the Republic of Kosovo.
Agency Code:DOS-XKX
Agency Name:Department of State
U.S. Mission to Kosovo
Posted Date:Apr 06, 2021
Close Date:May 31, 2021
Last Updated Date:Apr 06, 2021
Award Ceiling:$50,000
Award Floor:$25,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$50,000
Expected Number of Awards:2
Description: PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The United States Embassy in Kosovo announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to improve the security and resilience of Kosovo’s independent media online infrastructure through partnerships with ethical “white hat” hackers. Please follow all instructions below. Priority Region: Kosovo Program Objectives: The objectives of this program are: · To strengthen cyber defenses of independent Kosovo media outlet online presences/portals, thereby enhancing media freedom. · To develop the capacity of Kosovo “white hat” ethical hackers and ethical hacker organizations not only to identify weaknesses and help media partners fortify against them, but also improve communication skills needed to educate media partners and the public about the potential for malign actors to gain access to critical infrastructure and information. Successful proposals must have and include: · A network of ethical hackers able to test media partners’ online infrastructure · At least 5-10 partnerships with influential media outlets willing to participate in this pilot program. · Innovative projects to educate media partners on how to identify, respond to, and fortify their online infrastructure. · Innovative communication strategies and campaigns to increase awareness around these issues with other independent media and other Kosovo audiences. Proposals should include appropriate funds for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of program successes and challenges, and a detailed description of how M&E will be carried out and program success will be determined, including a logic frame and a list of outputs and outcomes expected. Proposals should detail a robust media plan, and winning applicants should plan to share their online activities/posts with the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS). For more details please see "Related Document" tab
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