Deadline: August 15, 2020

Are you a journalist network or community group seeking to improve environmental reporting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you finding ways to help the public understand how the environmental crisis and COVID-19 are closely linked? Do you have an innovative idea for an environmental reporting project? Pitch your idea for the Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2021!

This round of grants is awarded as part of the Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project, which aims to boost the quantity and quality of environmental and climate coverage in the region and empower at-risk communities by informing them about environmental issues and amplifying their voices in the media. This project has received generous financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Grants

  • Grants will be given to organizations looking to implement projects with the maximum duration of one year subject to the approval of the donor. The grant amount can range between US$5,000 to US$15,000 depending on the scope of the proposed activities.
  • As part of EJN’s support to the grantees, the selected organizations will undertake a participatory Organizational Capacity Assessment. Based on the finding of the assessment, they may receive additional assistance to strengthen their organizational capacity.

Eligibility

  • Media organizations, journalist networks, universities and journalism institutions focusing on environmental reporting in the Asia and Pacific region are welcome to apply.
  • Civil society organizations, community-based groups and research institutes will also be considered – but only those with strong media and communication components that are dedicated to supporting fair and accurate reporting.
  • For the purpose of this call, they will not accept applications from Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands.

Eligible Activities

Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  • Training workshops;
  • Development of reporters’ resources and e-learning tools;
  • Story grants for journalists;
  • Mentoring of journalists;
  • Special reporting projects;
  • Networking and partnership activities for journalists;
  • Development of new storytelling platforms;
  • Establishment of a journalist network.

Selection Process

Grants will be awarded competitively by a panel of judges, consisting of Internews staff and experts in environmental reporting. Following a first-round review, potential grantees will be shortlisted. The jury may interview shortlisted applicants to seek further information on the proposed activity. The jury will then reconvene again after the interviews to make a final selection of the grantees.

The jury evaluates all eligible applications in a comparative context and makes funding decisions based on the availability of funds, the program objectives, and the following assessment criteria:

  • The overall quality of the proposal;
  • The relevance of the proposed project in contributing to the objectives and priorities of this grant program;
  • The potential impact of the proposed project, including the quality and effectiveness of the project design;
  • The financial viability and cost-effectiveness of the proposed activity;
  • The ability of the applicant to carry it out.

Application

All applicants are required to submit a budget with the application form. Please download this template now and use it to build your project budget.

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For more information, visit Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants.

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