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Small Grants for Media Programs
Notice of Funding Opportunity
April 22, 2022

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan
Funding Opportunity Title: Small Grants for Media Program
Announcement Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-22-005
Deadline for Applications: May 29, 2022 6:00 PM (Nur-Sultan time/8:00 am EST)
CFDA Number: 19.900 – Assistance to Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Estimated Award Ceiling: $40,000 Estimated Award Floor: $10,000
Length of Project Period: up to 14 months
Anticipated program start date: July 30, 2022

The United States of America and the Republic of Kazakhstan cooperate on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, including support for Kazakhstan’s intentions to increase journalistic professionalism and strengthen the competitiveness of Kazakhstani media. The Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan supports the aspirations of the Government of Kazakhstan to further develop the professionalism of Kazakhstani journalists and expand their skills in creating high-quality local journalistic content.

The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan has supported a broad range of grassroots initiatives to improve the media environment in Kazakhstan. Within the last four years, the U.S. Mission has supported over 40 small grants to develop investigative journalism, support Kazakh-language media, enhance media outlets’ financial sustainability, train regional journalists, and more.

Building on this previous experience, the Embassy is seeking applications to strengthen Kazakhstan’s media market.  Projects will address one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Countering fake news and disinformation.
  • Theme 2: Promoting professional journalism standards, particularly fact checking, verification, investigative journalism, and fact-based reporting, especially in the regions outside Nur-Sultan and Almaty.
  • Theme 3: Promoting innovative approaches for gathering or sharing news, particularly with younger audiences.
  • Theme 4: Supporting the development of peer-to-peer exchanges or grassroots networks of professionals for higher quality reporting, ethical and objective journalism.

For all themes, priority will be given to projects that yield concrete, measurable results. Projects consisting solely of conferences or roundtable discussions, theoretical research or surveys, or the writing or publishing of books, are unlikely to be funded.

Learn more about the funding opportunity and application forms: DOS-KAZ-NS-AEECA-22-005