Donor: U.S. Mission to Hungary
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: PDS-BUD-FY23-AEECA001
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 30.06.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 75.000$
Total available budget: 500.000USD
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 500.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Education
  • Media & Journalism

Project Locations

  1. Europe



1) Objective

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to provide support to Hungarian independent media outlets and civil society organizations actively advancing media freedom in Hungary. Activities under this cooperative agreement will support the independent media landscape in Hungary by enabling independent media and/or civil society organizations to promote high-quality journalism and the long-term viability of independent media outlets and journalists.

The implementing partner will manage funds that will be disbursed to sub-recipients for either pre-planned expenditures or “rapid response funds” for unforeseen expenditures that generally fall within the following funding categories:
• Travel for journalists, researchers, technicians, editorial staff, or other essential personnel for the purposes of reporting, conducting interviews, conducting research, or other activities that contribute to independent journalistic activities.
• Transportation, lodging, and meals/incidental expenses for rural journalists to travel to Budapest for media training, conferences, professional development, consultations, and reporting activities.
• Short-term professional development courses for journalists (non-degree programs) and associated travel costs.
• Programmatic and administrative costs associated with internships, fellowships, or other training and development programs for emerging journalists or technical staff.
• Fees to access to research databases, archives, or other online resources that advance independent journalistic reporting.
• Legal or administrative fees related to access to information, legal proceedings, or other administrative processes essential to operations.
• Logistical expenditures related to journalistic reporting and research (translations, transcriptions, audio/video production, equipment rental, venue rental, etc.).
• Event production costs for journalist trainings, media literacy programming, public information campaigns, public exhibitions, etc.
• Publication of educational materials (including translation of materials into Hungarian)
• Costs for licensing, subscription, marketing, financial management, or consulting services, software, or databases.
• Support for digital infrastructure, to include web design, online hosting, web optimization, development of mobile applications, community managers, etc.
• Conduct of market analysis, public opinion polling, or other research related to the Hungarian media landscape, media consumption trends.
• Other similar activities approved by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest.

2) Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply: Hungarian, U.S., or other foreign entities, including: Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations; Public and private educational institutions; Public international organizations and governmental institutions.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Hungary.

4) Budget

Awards may range from $75,000 to $500,000.

5) Application

Deadline for Applications is 30 June 2023.

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