Donor: U.S. Department of State
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: SFOP0009739
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 19.06.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 878.045$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 878.045$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Education
  • Media & Journalism

Project Locations

  1. Europe



1) Objective

DRL’s goal is that citizens of Bulgaria engage critically with the many forms of media available to them to build a healthier, more vibrant civil society and democracy. The main program objective is to empower citizens with media literacy skills to engage in the information environment in a safe, responsible, and discerning manner, and with tools to detect and reject dis- and misinformation. A preliminary activity should include conducting or leveraging existing baseline surveys or assessments of which populations require media literacy training most and which methodologies will be most effective.

Participant demographics could include youth, specific sectors of business and civil society, elderly, religious, racial, or ethnic communities, underserved groups, and/or those living in geographic regions determined to have low levels of media literacy, especially regions outside Sofia. Additional activities should include partnerships with relevant entities (public and/or private) to build robust media literacy curricula and/or activities based on identified needs; delivery of the curricula and programs to the target populations via relevant and innovative platforms; and/or other initiatives (such as public awareness campaigns, fact-checking tools and methodologies, youth debates, competitions, games, or infotainment/news programs) that encourage critical thinking to detect and reject dis- and misinformation in media; and a monitoring and evaluation plan to inform the life cycle of the program as well as best practices for future media literacy efforts.

2) Eligibility

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bulgaria.

4) Budget

Awards may range up to $878,045.

5) Application

Deadline for Applications is 19 June 2023.

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