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East Africa Wildlife Journalism Media Grants

Call for Applications

Published on
02 Oct 2019
25 October 2019, EAT info.ejn [at] internews.org

Internews Earth Journalism Network’s project on Wildlife and Conservation journalism is looking for a subgrantee to co-run its activities in a selected East African country.

Internews is an international media development organization headquartered in Washington DC, United States, with a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.  For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. We have incubated hundreds of sustainable media organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals and citizens, and helped them reach millions of people with quality, local information. 

With joint funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is running a two-year project to improve media coverage of wildlife and conservation issues in East Africa.

Why We’re Asking

This work comes at a time when global biodiversity is facing severe threats from environmental change and degradation, and an increase in poaching has allowed the illegal wildlife trade to thrive. These threats are particularly severe in parts of Africa native to species, such as elephants, rhinos and pangolins, that are in high demand for their meat or parts.

Through this open Request for Applications, Internews invites environmental, conservation or science-based journalism organizations and associations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to apply for grants to work with African journalists to improve and increase wildlife and conservation coverage in the media.

The grant will cover activities over the course of one year for a maximum of US$10,000. 

What We’re Looking For

We’re seeking proposals for creative and effective ways to empower East African journalists to tell wildlife and conservations stories, investigate wildlife crime and highlight community and technological interventions that have proved to help solve these pressing problems.

The proposed activities should include, but not be limited to: capacity building, such as knowledge sharing, network development, training to enhance journalism skills or data reporting tools; issuing travel/reporting grants to journalists; and holding media roundtables/workshops. The proposal must also have a strong component on digital media and solutions-based journalism.

How to Apply

Click on the Apply Now button on the top right of the page. Applicants must provide a detailed description of their organization as well as the project, specifying its objectives, activities, timeline and projected results. They must describe which geographic areas their activities will cover. They must also provide a budget (a template is available to download in the application form).

Lastly, applicants should demonstrate their technical capacity to implement the grant project, as well as the financial and administrative systems they have in place to manage the grant funds. Applicants should be prepared to initiate project activities immediately.

Banner image: Elephants in Amboseli near Kilimanjaro / Credit: Kiundu Waweru

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