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Offer: Grants available for up to $5,000 for citizen media outreach projects: Read on!

Dear friends,

If you are interested in applying for a microgrant funding of upto $5,000 for citizen media outreach projects -- please read on. Global Voices has just announced this exciting grant yesterday(November 1, 2007) and has asked us share with our PulseWire community.

We would love our PulseWire community to be able to benefit from this. If you are interested in writing a grant and need help, let us know and we may be able to connect you with someone who can help.

Please feel free to forward on to your friends/colleagues who may be interested in this. Information follows:

Application Deadline: November 30, 2007

Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting
project proposals for the second round of microgrant funding of up to
$5,000 for citizen media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will
present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media
techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and
take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting
on their own.

In July we funded five projects out of the 142 applications we
received from over 60 different countries. The first five Rising
Voices grantees are based in Bangladesh, Colombia, Bolivia, India, and
Sierra Leone. You can view their applications by clicking on the
relevant links underneath the sub-heading "Grantees" in the sidebar of
the Rising Voices wiki.

Rising Voices aims to help bring new voices from new communities and
speaking new languages to the conversational web, by providing
resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented
communities. Examples of potential projects include:

* Convincing a group of taggers or graffiti artists to transfer their
medium of expression from walls of buildings to blogs, podcasts, and
online video.

* Approaching a local NGO with the offer of training their participants
to blog and upload video in order to document the NGO's work and the
community where the participants live.

* Distributing $10 digital cameras to two different groups of the same
community and creating a Flickr group where they confront each other's
photographic perspectives of their city.

* Distributing mp3 recorders to participants of a youth group and helping
them produce monthly audio documentaries featuring elders who describe
how their community has changed over the decades.

This second round of funding differs from the first in one important
aspect. You have the choice to submit your application via email as
before or you can publicly post your proposal on our wiki and receive
feedback on how it can be improved. Public applications can be posted
on the wiki at any time and can be reworked as often as the applicant
sees fit, but all applications must be finalized by the November 30

Rising Voices outreach grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Please
be as thoughtful, specific, and realistic as possible when drafting
your budgets. Successful projects will be prominently featured on
Global Voices.

To learn how to apply using the wiki you can view the screencast below
or visit the instruction page on the wiki. If you would like to submit
your proposal privately via email you may do so by downloading the
application and emailing it to by
November 30. No late applications will be accepted.


Hi Ramya,

I know some women in Kenya who have asked for a training to use PulseWire and become bloggers and citizen journalists. I'd like to see if we can offer them a training, maybe when I go over in January to Africa?

Anne-christine d'Adesky
Director of Global Advocacy
3345 22nd street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mobilizing Women and Girls to Fight HIV/AIDS

Ramya Ramanathan's picture

Would love to chat!

AC, Would love to brainstorm this with you further. I will be in India next month and I would love to bring on some local NGOs working in the field of anti-human trafficking in Bangalore or surrounding areas to come online and post about their work as well. Excited to talk with you and explore ideas.

Coach Of The Airwaves's picture

COTA Would Love to Help

Hi Ramya,

Coach of the Airwaves, Inc. has held in its year-old mission the concept of helping to spread the benefits of Coaching to all parts of the planet. One way in which we are doing this is by interviewing global Change Leaders in our Global and Regional Spotlight Interview Series. We are also assisting others in setting up their own internet radio broadcasts, and we have established a goal of helping WorldPulse community members in developing areas, in their chosen languages, to broadcast on the internet. We assist with all set-up, support, blogging, viral marketing, etc. We would very much like to initiate a program which would allow us to offer this learning opportunity to as many women as possible while still maintaining working revenues (our members whom are not in developing areas are fee-paying). A grant from you would really help us establish a sector of our programming, for free, for women of the WorldPulse community, to be, quite literally, heard! We are very excited about the possibilities.

Please drop us a line. We would need some help in grant-writing, as it's not something we've done before.

Thank You


VG Pometta's picture

Sounds Great

Thank you for telling me about this. I'll tell others.

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