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Climate Communications Innovation Fund

Published on
15 Apr 2015
31 December 2019, 01:00 AM, BST info.ejn [at]

Communities living in regions with climatic changes that undermine their livelihoods face a two-way problem: a lack of capacity to have their perspectives heard and barriers to receiving information on the drivers of change. Causes range from unintelligible information to difficulties in sharing solutions to a lack of media coverage and critical communications infrastructure that result from a history of marginalization and poverty.

Simultaneously, the ways in which information is created and consumed are undergoing a profound transformation. As the need to inform communities about the challenges posed by a changing climate grows more urgent, the emergence of new modes of information distribution – digital media, social networks and the open data movement -- has ushered in an explosive growth in the types of tools and technologies that help analyze, visualize, and understand  our world. These create significant opportunities to cover climate issues with a depth and breadth unimaginable even a short time ago. 

This grant opportunity represents a challenge to journalists throughout the world to facilitate a responsive information ecosystem that more accurately and holistically reflects environmental challenges facing people across the planet.

What types of projects does this grant opportunity support?

An overwhelming percentage of at-risk populations have little to access to modern means of expression. If either the move toward the proliferation of new information and communications technologies or data openness are to achieve any lasting social benefit, investment must be made to a) empower marginalized populations to maximize their access to these tools, and b) make sure the professional media understands the vulnerabilities of marginalized communities and reports on them in a bold and compelling way.

The primary focus of this grants opportunity is on the application of technology and novel techniques for climate change communication. However, we are open to applications that include fellowships and travel grants that support specific story ideas or coverage of key events, so long as these activities have a clear relationship to the innovative components of the project.

Content production is an important aspect of any project but applications without an innovation component will not be considered.

Examples of previous grants project:

  • The Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists  built an SMS-based news service that connects hyper-local reports on environmental issues and disaster events to a national audience in the Philippines. The project includes the development of a new website and trainings held with local journalists and their audiences.
  • According to the World Health Organization, Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar is the world's second most polluted city, yet in-depth coverage of the public health threat this pollution poses is lacking. To strengthen Mongolia's network of environmental journalists, 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.
  • An alliance of organizations launched CartoChaco, the first multimedia journalistic and data hub of information about the Chaco- a four-county region in South America that has seen a great surge of deforestation caused by agricultural activities and cattle ranching. . The site uses richly designed maps powered by satellite data and journalistic stories to reveal the impacts of natural resources exploitation in this part of South America. CartoChaco's multidisciplinary team of researchers, cartographers, developers and journalists have the goal of creating a community of experts, media and citizens involved in the conservation of the Gran Chaco.

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

The Climate Communications Innovation Fund is designed primarily to support the work of already existing media outlets, journalism networks, and associations where an additional funding is need to pursue innovative or experimental approaches.

Individuals or new ventures are eligible for this funding. Applicants should provide information about sustaining about this project after the initial seed funding provided under this grant.   

As Internews is strictly a media development organization, please avoid any applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.

Where can this funding be used?

We are predominantly focused on the developing world, where the need is often the greatest but the pool of available resources is limited; however, we are open to proposals from anywhere.

How much funding is available for the grants?

This grant fund will support up to 5 projects with each grant amount averaging for approximately 10,000 USD. We can provide funding over the average for projects that demonstrates a critical need.  

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2015.

  • 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.
  • Applications should include a budget using this form
  • The projects are generally expected to take place within less than a year. Projects that can show results before the start of the COP21 Climate Summit in early December, 2015 will receive particular interest. Final reports for accepted projects must be filed no later than February 10, 2016.
  • Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support will be favorably viewed.
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