Call for Proposals 2018: Community Media Grants Project

November 13, 2017

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce a new call for proposals for Indigenous community radios stations. Cultural Survival’s Community Media Program partners with Indigenous media producers who are amplifying Indigenous voices on issues that matter to their communities. Radio’s universal and free nature and its ability to access many remote communities makes it a key medium to reach Indigenous audiences. Indigenous-produced programming strengthens Indigenous peoples’ capacity to claim their rights and enables access to essential information and broadcasting in Indigenous languages that ensures widespread understanding and cultural continuity. To learn about grantees and projects that were funded in 2016-2017, go here.

The objective of the Community Media Grants Project is to strengthen community radio stations at the local and regional levels in their work towards the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, languages, histories, philosophies, rights, the protection of ancestral territories and natural resources, and the promotion of women’s leadership. Indigenous community radio stations from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nepal, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are eligible to apply to this round of funding. The application process will be open until December 15, 2017.

The maximum funds available for projects is $8000.00 USD.

Funds can be solicited for projects focused on one or a combination of the following:

1. Legal processes to access radio frequencies for Indigenous community stations.

2. Institutional development at the radio stations including: strategic planning, development of a board of directors, development of environmental and gender policies, design and implementation of evaluation and monitoring systems.

3. Capacity building in technical skills in radio: production, investigative journalism, maintenance of radio equipment.

4. Evaluation of the radio stations reach and impact in the community.

5. Development of radio content on topics related to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, Indigenous women’s rights, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights. 

6. Radio equipment.

7. Community organizing related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights with radio as the main means to reach the community.

Projects will be selected based on their creativity, self-sustainability, vision, and work regarding Indigenous rights. The projects are to be completed in a period of 6 and 10 months and demonstrate measurable and concrete results that show how the radio’s capacity and impact has advanced.

The first phase of proposals is the submission of a letter, audio or video recording detailing the concept of the project. The letter should be limited to one page and the recording should not exceed three minutes (a sample is attached). If chosen, the community under review shall submit a more developed proposal. The concept proposal application is designed to be accessible to Indigenous communities with different capacities.

The concept proposal, audio recording, or video shall include:

1. Name of the community radio and brief history of its origin, names of board of directors, and number of volunteers at the radio. Add links to website or facebook pages related to your organization.

2. Indigenous community or communities served by the radio.

3. Indigenous organizations and community sectors represented at the radio in 2017 (for instance, organizations that have used the radio to inform the community about their role or services or that do have radio programs in 2017).

4. What is the need that this community radio station or the community has?

5. What is the project idea that addresses that need?

6. A brief description of proposed activities

7. At the end of the project, what do you expect to achieve?

8. Budget request ($8,000.00 maximum). Prepare your budget in the local currency.

    For more information or to submit your concept letter or audio, contact:
    Avexnim Cojtí at
    Mark Camp at

    and Angelica Rao at 

    Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

    About Cultural Survival

    Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience since 1972. We envision a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance.

    Our work is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We engage opportunities to leverage our experience and leadership in advocacy, media, public education, programs, and in providing platforms to amplify and empower the voices of Indigenous Peoples as they work to claim their rights to self-determination, their lands, cultures, and precious ecosystems that are essential to the whole planet.  Cultural Survival supports a movement of empowered Indigenous Peoples organizing their communities to engage the international processes, national policies and human rights bodies to respect, protect, and fulfill their rights.


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