Donor: U.S. Mission to Iraq
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: DOS-BAGHDAD-PD-2023-009
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 12.06.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 35.000$
Total available budget: 50.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 50.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Human Rights
  • Media & Journalism

Project Locations

  1. Asia



1) Objective

Few media outlets or freelance journalists in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have the resources to conduct investigative journalism, the practice of which is important to bringing more transparency to governance, the economy, and society, indirectly improving good governance indicators, and creating opportunities for public and government discussion which may ultimately help resolve social, economic, or political issues in the region. The goal of this program is to increase the overall number of non-partisan investigative journalism articles or stories published in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, bolstering the ability of Iraqi Kurdish media to inform the public about issues of import that may not already be covered by mainstream media.

The program would entail a jury of highly experienced Kurdish journalists providing financial awards to journalists or media outlets in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (and Kirkuk governorate) based on a clear and transparent application process, with specific, measurable criteria used to evaluate those applications. Such criteria might include (not an exhaustive list), for example, whether the application is realistic, able to be carried out in a non-partisan fashion, on an issue likely to be of interest to either the general public or specific, specialist audiences, or other factors to be determined in consultation with the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil.

2) Eligibility

Eligible are not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations; public and private educational institutions; Public International Organizations.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Iraq: Iraqi Kurdistan Region, with particular emphasis on Halabja governorate.

4) Budget

Grants may range from $35,000-$50,000. Total available funding is $50,000.

5) Application

The application deadline is 12 June 2023.

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