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The U.S. Embassy Bishkek Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available as specified below through the Embassy’s Media Small Grants Program. This program supports the development of the Kyrgyz Republic’s media and its role in society by competitively awarding small grants to Kyrgyz non-profit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associations working in the media sector, and to independent media organizations. We encourage proposals that include partnerships with relevant government agencies and/or private sector institutions, including traditional and social media. Awards will be made pending the availability of funds.
PAS invites proposals for programs that support Technical Training and Support for Professional Journalism. These programs should promote the 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, and build sustainability.
While media in the Kyrgyz Republic is the most open in the region, few outlets are truly independent and the industry suffers from self-censorship, a lack of professionalism, and financial sustainability issues. Misinformation and disinformation are regularly disseminated by both local and international actors through local media. Independent media outlets have been subjected to harassment, threats, and unfounded defamation lawsuits by subjects of reporting.
The Media Small Grants Program advances the U.S. Embassy mission goal of supporting a more inclusive and accountable democracy. It seeks to expand the capabilities of independent media, resulting in increased production of balanced and locally-relevant media products as well as alternative media narratives. The program also supports the development of the Kyrgyz Republic’s nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associations working in the media-related areas. Through local innovative strategies, the program may address policy priorities such as:
Prior activities through this program have included support for projects that:
Proposed programs should be innovative and clearly demonstrate how they will complement any ongoing programs and avoid duplicating past efforts. They may include activities that improve upon or expand existing successful projects. Applicants should pay close attention to the Public Affairs Section’s project goal and target audiences when developing their proposals.
Project Goal: Strengthen the media environment in the Kyrgyz Republic by increasing journalistic professionalism and sustainability of independent media organizations.
The Media Small Grants Program supports the development of the Kyrgyz Republic’s media institutions by competitively awarding small grants to:
State bodies are encouraged to work with eligible NGOs and independent media organizations to submit applications. American or other third country organizations or individuals are not eligible for grants under this program.
For more detailed information on program’s requirements, target audiences, goals and objectives, please see Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) attached.
Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM Bishkek time. For the purposes of determining if an award is submitted on time, PAS will utilize the time-stamp provided by Grants.gov. If organizations fail to meet the deadline noted above, their application will be considered ineligible and will not be considered for funding. If there are still funds available after the Media Small Grants Program selection committee meeting, PAS may publish another Media Small Grants Program NOFO this fiscal year.
Application Submission Process: There are two application submission methods available to applicants. Applicants may submit their application using Submission Method A or Submission Method B outlined below.
Applications must be submitted in English, but applicants may choose to supplement their proposals with Russian or Kyrgyz versions, and final grant agreements will be concluded in English.
Applications submitted after the due date, that are incomplete, do not follow the application format or are not submitted on the template provided, will be disqualified.
Please send complete application packages to BishkekProjectProposals@state.gov with the subject line “Media Small Grants Program”.
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