Biodiversity Media Grant Opportunity – Deadline 4 Jan 2016

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The Biodiversity Media Grant will support projects that:

  • Build the capacity of journalism networks and media organizations to report on biodiversity and conservation issues
  • Carry out biodiversity and/or conservation training activities for journalists
  • Build internal capacity
  • Organize local networks around these issues

We are especially interested in projects that focus on the developing world and conservation in high-biodiversity regions of the world, such as the Amazon, Central Africa and SE Asia.

This grant opportunity represents a challenge to journalists throughout the world to increase the capacity of media to cover critical issues of conservation and biodiversity.

What types of projects does this grant opportunity support? 

The Biodiversity Media Grant will support projects that generally focus on training and capacity building, with flexible spending guidelines that enable local networks to invest in strategic opportunities, build the capacities of their members, and respond to communities’ needs.

Projects funded by this grant should build awareness of the threats to biodiversity and conservation-based solutions by spreading quality news and information, with a focus on developing country audiences. Projects should also build the capacity of journalists and communicators to report on threats to biodiversity and on conservation-based solutions, by building their skills, knowledge and contacts.

While content production is an important aspect of any project, applications without some form of awareness-building, network-building or capacity-building component will not be considered.  If special opportunities arise, we are open to supporting fellowships and travel costs for journalists to report specific stories or cover key events, so long as these projects facilitate the creation of networks and/or are part of a training process.

Please note that there will be a separate call early next year for applications by journalists looking for support to produce individual stories on biodiversity or conservation.

How much funding is available? 

This grant fund contains US$30,000, which we would ideally share among three projects. The average grant size would therefore be US$10,000, with potentially a greater share of the total going to projects that demonstrate a critical need.

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