Indigenous Community Media Grants Project

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The aim for the Indigenous Community Media Grants Project is to strengthen the impact and influence of community radio stations at the local and regional levels in their work towards the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, languages, histories, philosophies, rights, the protection of ancestral territories and natural resources, and the promotion of women’s leadership. Cultural Survival is interested in, but not limited to, the following types of projects: (1) legal processes to access radio frequencies for Indigenous community stations; (2) institutional development at the radio stations including: strategic planning, development of a board of directors, development of environmental policies, gender policies, design and implementation of evaluation and monitoring systems; (3) capacity building in technical skills in radio: production, investigative journalism, maintenance of radio equipment; (4) evaluation of the radio stations reach and the impact of radio programs in the community; (5) development of radio content on topics related to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, development of news, Indigenous women’s rights, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights, public debates; (6) Radio equipment (limited to 30% of total grant budget); (7) community organizing related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights with radio as the main means to reach the community; and (8) community Radios mentoring or training other community radios.

2) Eligibility

Indigenous community radio stations from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nepal, Northern India, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are eligible to apply to this round of funding.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nepal, Northern India, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

4) Budget 

The maximum funds available for projects is $8,000. The projects are to be completed in a period of 6 and 10 months.

5) Application

Concept proposals can be received written, in audio or video in the following languages: Spanish, English, Russian, Nepali, Sunuwar, Hindi, K’iche’, Mam, Didxazá (Zapoteco del Itsmo). Concept notes will be accepted until October 18, 2018.