Funding Opportunities for Journalism and Media Development

Small Grants for Media Development

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2020

Award Ceiling: $40,000

The United States of America and the Republic of Kazakhstan cooperate on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, including the support of Kazakhstan’s intentions to increase journalistic professionalism and strengthen the competitiveness of Kazakhstani media.

The Embassy of the United States announces this call for applications for grants to implement ideas to strengthen Kazakhstan’s media market in one of the following ways:

Project proposals must address one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Innovative approaches to gathering or sharing news, particularly with younger audiences.
Theme 2: Promote professional journalism standards, particularly fact checking, verification, and fact-based reporting.
Theme 3: Support financial sustainability of media outlets in Kazakhstan, including alternative sources of revenue, by teaching media outlets about different business models and techniques for growing their audiences.
Theme 4: Support the development of peer-to-peer exchanges or grassroots networks of professionals for higher quality reporting, ethical and objective journalism, etc.
Theme 5: Analyze trends in media consumption, disinformation/misinformation in Kazakhstan, and other biases.

Learn more about the funding opportunity:  DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-20-007

English Language for Professional Journalists in Kazakhstan

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 15, 2020

Award Ceiling: $200,000

The Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan supports the aspirations of the government of Kazakhstan to develop the professionalism of Kazakhstani journalists and expand knowledge of the English language as it becomes a trilingual society.

Many Kazakhstani media outlets require fluent English-speaking staff to verify information and gather sources, including interviews or research. Meanwhile, the number of professional journalists able to fluently operate not only in Russian and Kazakh, but also in English is limited. To address this need, the Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan will support a program that will incorporate both training in the English language and the exchange of practical journalism experience among participants and alumni of the program. This will encourage the exchange of skills and knowledge, and help create a community of like-minded professionals.

The successful applicant will efficiently manage and implement at least six months of English language courses for journalists to help them to improve their English language skills necessary for professional needs. The English language courses should be held in at least seven different cities of Kazakhstan. In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for establishing and running local English clubs that will bring together current participants and alumni of the program in the cities where the program has been running for over 2 years. The implementing partner will be responsible for: ensuring the quality of the courses at each location; updating a database of students; engaging alumni; recruiting and training qualified instructors; assessing students before, during, and after the program; and gathering feedback.

Learn more about the funding opportunity: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-20-006

Legal Support to Journalists in Kazakhstan

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2020

Award Ceiling: $80,000

The Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan supports Kazakhstani journalists and their commitment to fulfill citizens’ rights to objective and timely information. The U.S. Mission believes in the crucial role of journalism in defining the future of any society and the need to ensure that journalists can receive timely and fair legal support, if needed.

The U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan announces a call for proposals on legal support to journalists in all regions of Kazakhstan. The successful applicant will provide legal support, including consultations and defense, to journalists and media outlets, and monitor the situation regarding press freedoms.

Learn more about the funding opportunity: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-20-008

Fifth Annual Forum of the Kazakh-Language Content Creators

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2020

Award Ceiling: $80,000

To support the development of Kazakh-language online content, regional and national media outlets and individual journalists, the Embassy of the United States will support the Fifth Forum of Kazakh-Language Content Creators in 2021. Based on previous experience, the Embassy intends to support an expanded program of the forum, including regional trainings, offering Kazakhstani content creators the opportunity to join the event and became a part of the creative community.

The Embassy of the United States of America is seeking applications from qualified for-profit or non-profit organizations to implement the program entitled “Fifth Annual Forum of the Kazakh-Language Content Creators.

Learn more about the funding opportunity: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-20-005