Indigenous Community Media Fund

Indigenous Community Media Fund

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The Indigenous Community Media Fund (formerly the Community Media Grants Project) provides opportunities for international Indigenous community radio stations to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems while providing training opportunities to their community journalists through a participatory and dynamic grants program. The initiative enhances community efforts to establish and ensure sustainability of Indigenous community-controlled media.

This Fund launched with support from the Novo Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation.

“Indigenous Peoples’ right to freedom of expression and information is the overarching goal of this initiative. The program’s intent is to ensure target Indigenous communities have a viable and community controlled medium for dissemination of local and world news, information, community events, politics, and education. Community Radio provides access to information in extremely rural areas and for these communities serves as a tool for local organizing, cultural and language revitalization, educational opportunities, information on lands and natural resources issues, women’s rights, and Indigenous rights,” said Galina Angarova, Executive Director of Cultural Survival.

During the first phase of this initiative, some grants were awarded in partnership with WACC. With its vision of communication rights for all, WACC’s goal is to improve access to public communication and relevant information for poor, marginalized, excluded and dispossessed people in order to enhance their participation in shaping local and national priorities and actions.

In 2016, Cultural Survival and WACC selected first year grant partners from our network of international Indigenous radio stations. First year grantees were selected from four major regions, Central America, East Africa, South America and Nepal. Projects are selected and mentored through a program design process based on the needs of their communities, best practices in the field, community values and capacities. Grantees are selected with the criteria of immediate need, promise for continued success, and the ability to participate fully in the initiative.

“Cultural Survival has been working with the Indigenous radio movement since 2005. Today, Indigenous-controlled media is needed more than ever, especially when mainstream media often over looks and marginalizes Indigenous languages and issues. Daily, Indigenous radio journalists risk their lives to communicate essential information about human rights to their communities to defend their ways of life, lands, and resources. As an advocacy organization for Indigenous rights, it is our duty to support these efforts in claiming freedom of expression and access to information. It is our hope that over the coming years, many communities will benefit from this initiative,” said Mark Camp, Cultural Survival Deputy Executive Director.

2021 Call for Proposals

Deadline to Apply: July 2, 2021
Eligible Regions:
  Latin America, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Nepal, and India

Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience since 1972. We promote the creations, visions, and dissemination of communication initiatives from the perspectives, experiences, and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples.

We are launching our second call for proposals for Indigenous community radio stations to acquire transmitters and complementary equipment. The maximum grant amount awarded will be $4000 USD.


This call for proposals seeks to strengthen the communication capacity of community radio stations in the regions where Cultural Survival works, including Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Additionally, this call for proposals is specifically geared towards those radio stations that have demonstrated work in the area of  revitalization of Indigenous languages, and to those that have promoted access to and educational outreach to Indigenous youth within their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants will support projects in the field of Indigenous community radio that meet the following criteria:

  • Promote educational practices via community radio, literacy, and remote education during the pandemic, especially where Indigenous communities have difficulty accessing the internet.
  • Strengthen and use Indigenous languages within their programs.
  • Radio stations that have recently started similar projects which are ongoing for at least 6 months, and are developing content geared towards children will be considered.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • Indigenous community radio stations.
  • Indigenous organizations and collectives working on collaborative radio productions.


Selection Criteria:
The following criteria must be met to apply:

  • Radio stations in Latin America, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Nepal, and India.
  • Demonstrate radio content (capsules, programs, podcasts, spots and campaigns) related to the promotion and use of the Indigenous languages and the use of radio in literacy and education support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Three letters of recommendation from any of the following two sectors: 
    • 1) traditional authorities, community and grassroots organizations, that support and recognize the work of the radio station; or 
    • 2) schools with whom collaborative work has been carried out.
  • Demonstrate the need for a transmitter and complementary equipment.
  • The radio must be a station committed to the development of its community through its educational, informative, and opinion content.
  • Have not been beneficiaries or prior grant partners in Cultural Survival’s previous calls for transmitters.
  • Have successfully completed projects, if they have been partners of Cultural Survival in the past in other grant calls. 


  • Funds must be for the purchase of a transmitter and/or equipment complementary to the transmitter (amplifier or exciter, audio processor, compressor, equalizer, low-frequency link system, point-to-point links) and FM antennas.
  • Must send 3 financial estimates for the transmitter or complementary equipment with its technical characteristics.
  • Participating radios must send their programming schedule, website (if they have one), Facebook, organizational chart, and sample productions that relate to the topic of the call for proposal.


For this call for proposal, the budget is limited to $4,000.00 USD. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 3, 2021.
The proposal may be submitted in any of the following formats: written (using our format), recorded in a 3-5 minute video, or recorded in a 3-5 minute audio file.


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Learn about our Grant Partners:

2021 Multiradio Grant Partners
2021 Grant Partners
2020 Multi-radio Grant Partners
2020 COVID-19 Emergency Grant Partners
2019 Grant Partners
2018 Grant Partners
2017 Grant Recipients