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2021 Call for Proposals for Community Radio Transmitters

En español.


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.

Application Form


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