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Call for Proposals: Bay of Bengal Organizational Grants

Published on
17 Apr 2018
18 May 2018, 12:00 AM, (UTC +06) info.ejn [at]

Deadline: May 18, 2018 at 7pm IST. For inquiries, please contact [email protected]


The Bay of Bengal is widely recognized as one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. This vulnerability is a function of both the wide variety of climate risks as well as the density and diversity of the roughly 400 million people who call it home.

In a warming world, communities living in the low-lying coastal plains and river deltas increasingly find their lands eroded away by a rising sea and their freshwater ruined by saltwater intrusion. Further inland, droughts, floods and deadly heat waves afflict the health of vulnerable groups in addition to the crops communities depend on for their livelihoods.

The ways in which people experience these impacts is often uneven; a person’s identity—gender, ethnicity, livelihood, class and age—affect an individual’s ability to respond to shocks as well as the community’s overall resilience and adaptive capacity. In the Bay of Bengal region, the people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change face a binary problem: lack of representation in the narratives of governments and major media outlets, and a lack of access to quality information about climate change and building resilience to its impacts.

Faced with these challenges, this grant presents an opportunity for media organizations, community groups and educators working in vulnerable coastal communities in four Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal) and Bangladesh to expand on their capacity-building activities, improve their coverage of climate change impacts and resilience-building, or strengthen local and/or regional networks.

The Bay of Bengal Organizational Grants are provided as part of the EJN Bay of Bengal project, implemented by Internews with the generous funding from the Climate Justice Resilience Fund.


The aim of the Bay of Bengal Organizational Grants is to strengthen the capacity of organizations to produce high quality, actionable news and information about climate change impacts and resilience-building for the vulnerable communities and policymakers in the region.


The EJN Bay of Bengal Organizational Grants are available to support the generation of media reports on climate change, environment and natural resource management issues; disseminate news and information to the most vulnerable communities and policymakers; and boost the voices of marginalized groups (women, youth and indigenous people) who are most at risk of climate change and environmental problems.

Through these grants, Internews intends to strengthen the capacity of organizations to report on and explain the drivers and impacts of environmental and climate change, along with the solutions that build resilience and prevent future crises. Community radio outlets, specifically those who cover or reach vulnerable communities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Proposed activities should be designed to contribute towards at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Marginalized coastal communities and/or policymakers in the region have improved and reliable access to quality socio-environmental news and information;
  • Improved organizational capacity to report on socio-environment issues in an accurate and compelling way;
  • Improved organizational capacity to produce greater quantity and quality of socio-environmental news and information;
  • Reduced exclusion of marginalized groups in socio-environmental information;
  • Peer and multi-stakeholder engagement around socio-environmental issues.

Particular attention should be given to the adaptation needs, challenges, efforts and success stories of vulnerable and marginalized communities.

While content production is an important aspect of the proposed activities, applications should include some form of networking, knowledge sharing, and/or capacity-building component. Please note that there will be a separate story grant opportunity available later this year.

Examples of past grantees:

  • In Mongolia, the Press Institute of Mongolia (PIM) used EJN's grant to hold a series of education and training programs for both professional and student journalists on the issue of air pollution, its environmental and health impacts, and first-hand data collection using available sensor technology.
  • In the Philippines, the “Raising Local Climate Voices” project implemented by the Philippine Network or Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) is using innovative media reporting tools to transform the way journalists in the Philippines report on climate change vulnerability. This project targets local environmental journalists mostly affected by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, who are reporting on issues with a focus on the human dimensions of climate change in their localities.
  • In India, The Department of Communication at Madurai Kamaraj University used EJN grant support to develop a capacity building program to train aspiring young journalists to cover climate change at a local level. Students—especially those aspiring to work for Tamil media outlets—were guided through the process of developing story ideas and networks with other budding journalists and local climate change experts. 


Although the funding can be used for the purchasing of technical equipment, applicants should clearly state how the equipment can contribute to the expected outcomes and outputs. The cost of equipment should also make up a relatively small proportion of the overall budget and not the budget in its entirety.


Established media organizations, journalism networks, community groups located in the region, universities and journalism schools are welcome to apply. The organizational grants can also be used to support the establishment of environmental journalism networks in places where they don't exist. In such cases, applicants should note their affiliations with existing media organizations, if applicable, or provide detailed plans about how this project would facilitate the creation of a new organization.

NGOs and research institutes will also be considered, but only those with strong media and communication programs who are dedicated to supporting fair and accurate reporting. As Internews is a media development organization, we will not consider applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.


Activities proposed should support socio-environmental reporting and climate resilience-building in the Bay of Bengal region – specifically in the coastal regions of four Indian states ((Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal), and coastal and floodplain areas of Bangladesh.


The typical grant will be for up to US$15,000 and support a one-year project. The deadline for applications is: May 18, 2018 at 7pm IST. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.


  • Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee;
  • Applicants are required to submit a budget. Please build your project budget using this form;
  • Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support will be favorably viewed. Please indicate co-financing, if any, in the budget;
  • We expect to update applicants on the status of their proposals within a month after the closing of the call;
  • The website will inform you that your application has been submitted, you will not receive email confirmation.


The deadline for applications is May 18, 2018 at 7pm IST.

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