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Call for applications to support editorial productions related to the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 4th, 2020.

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy within Media Dialogue project implemented with the financial support of European Union is launching a grants call for supporting media organisations in Kyrgyzstan to create media products related to upcoming parliamentary elections on October 4th, 2020.

Deadline to submit project proposals under this call is August 17, 2020, at 23:59 (Bishkek time)

Context

Our Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and runs until late spring 2021 to cover the period around the parliamentary election in October 2020. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. The Media Dialogue project runs a grant programme that will help improve the media environment in Kyrgyzstan, engender public service value content and support high-quality journalism. It will also encourage grantees to promote media policy reform. Sub-grants will enable media institutions to deliver better advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness of the need to maintain and promote freedom of expression, high quality journalism, access to information and other constituents of a free and democratic media environment.

The project is implemented by a consortium of five organisations: European Partnership for Democracy (project lead), European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA Europe), ARTICLE 19, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Media Policy Institute.

Introduction

Media Dialogue will offer a series of grants to media organisations active in the media space in Kyrgyzstan to produce editorial productions related to the conduct of elections, in a way that fosters a level playing field for political debate and that helps voters make informed choices. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

Grant Program Priorities

The overall objective of the Media Dialogue grant programme is to support media organizations and CSOs advocating freedom of speech in performing the role of watchdog, offering an open forum for debate and being a public educator, thereby contributing to ensuring a democratic electoral process.

The specific objective of this call for applications is to support editorial productions related to the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 4th, 2020. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Inform voters about their rights to participate in the elections and how to implement these rights in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Organize and broadcast debates between candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections and/or follow up debates after the elections;
  • Deploy journalists to the regions to produce quality content on election related issues and election follow up coverage;
  • Document, analyse and report on issues discussed during the electoral campaign with the aim of further monitoring the implementation of electoral programs of the candidates;
  • Report on findings from local and international election observation missions (OSCE) and activities;

Projects engaging in other types of election related media productions and broadcasting may also be funded, especially if they are innovative and provide an added value in comparison to existing formats to cover elections in Kyrgyzstan. For instance, projects promoting data journalism would be highly relevant.

All projects must aim to cover the elections in a non-partisan manner, giving space to different political parties and candidates. They must further aim to provide the citizens of Kyrgyzstan with an adequate picture of the electoral offer by assessing the backgrounds of the candidates and their programmes and proposals in a critical way.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible entities under this call for proposals are private and not for profit media outlets and other media actors such as associations of journalists and editors, CSOs and production studios/companies officially registered in Kyrgyzstan. Applications by consortia of two or more eligible organisations are encouraged.

Applicants producing content in the Kyrgyz language and operating in regional markets are encouraged to apply. 

Budget and financial criteria

The maximum budget requested shall not exceed 10,000 euro and shall not be lower than 5,000 euro. Allocations for salaries should be of maximum 35% out of total requested amount, while overall institutional costs (office rent, salaries, office maintenance costs etc.) should not be more than 50% of the budget. Equipment purchase or rent under this call should not exceed 30% of the budget and might be subject to special provisions in the grant contract and procurement proceedings.

Alternative co-financing sources are encouraged, but not mandatory.

The grant will be offered in several tranches based on project progress. The budget form offers clear and detailed information about the conditions for spending the funds to be provided through the grants. Project budgets should reflect real costs and be in full correspondence with the activities presented in the proposal.

Project duration and deadline

The project duration should be determined by the applicant, but should not exceed 6 months of implementation.

The deadline for submission is August 17th, 23:59 (Bishkek time).

Application proceedings

To be eligible under this call for proposals, interested organisations should send the completed application and budget forms in English, Russian or Kyrgyz language to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu. Uncompleted applications will not be considered. In case of the applications from consortiums, the lead applicant should apply on behalf of the consortium.

APPLICATION FORM

BUDGET FORM

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) reserves the right to ask for additional documents shall this be needed for a knowledge-based decision-making regarding grant awarding. At the same time, ALDA can decide not to award any grant in case the quality of the submitted proposals will not correspond to the listed criteria, in case of force majeure situations or in case the European Union will suspend its support to the Media Dialogue project.

Contact information

All the information related to this grant competition should be sent in writing to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu with the subject „Questions grant competition” before August 12, 2020.

Call for applications

Call for applications to support social media monitoring initiatives

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy within Media Dialogue project implemented with the financial support of European Union is launching a grants programme for supporting media organisations in Kyrgyzstan.

Deadline to submit project proposals under this call is August 16, 2020, at 23:59 (Bishkek time)

Context

Our Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and runs until late spring 2021 to cover the period around the parliamentary election in October 2020. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. The Media Dialogue project runs a grant programme that will help improve the media environment in Kyrgyzstan, engender public service value content and support high-quality journalism. It will also encourage grantees to promote media policy reform. Sub-grants will enable media institutions to deliver better advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness of the need to maintain and promote freedom of expression, high quality journalism, access to information and other constituents of a free and democratic media environment.

The project is implemented by a consortium of five organisations: European Partnership for Democracy (project lead), European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA Europe), ARTICLE 19, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Media Policy Institute.

Introduction

Media Dialogue will offer a series of grants to media organisations active in the media space in Kyrgyzstan to monitor hate speech and divisive, inflammatory narratives on social media throughout the upcoming parliamentary election campaign. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

Grant Program Priorities

The overall objective of the Media Dialogue grant programme is to support media organizations and CSOs advocating freedom of speech in performing the role of watchdog, offering an open forum for debate and being a public educator, thereby contributing to ensuring a democratic electoral process.

The specific objective of this call for applications is to support social media monitoring initiatives on the upcoming parliamentary election campaign with a focus on monitoring:

  • instances of hate speech and divisive, inflammatory narratives by main electoral stakeholders (mandatory);
  • adherence to formal and legal rules of political parties’ and candidates’ campaigns on social media (optional);
  • balanced representation of candidates in the social media channels of main media outlets (optional);

The social media channels to be monitored must include those a) owned and/or operated by political parties and candidates competing in the October 2020 parliamentary election and b) those owned or operated by the country’s main public and independent media outlets. Social media channels of other stakeholders in the electoral race may be monitored as well. Applications should include provisions for the changing context caused by COVID-19 with attention paid to how the pandemic may be exploited as a platform for hate speech and inflammatory narratives.

The purpose of this call is to create a structured record, and preferably an accessible database of:

  • instances of hate speech and inflammatory narratives with clear commentary explaining their offensive nature;
  • adherence to formal and legal rules of political parties’ and candidates’ campaigns on social media;
  • candidates’ representation in the social media channels of main media outlets;

This record should be available to the public and the media with the aim of raising awareness of the threat hate speech constitutes in the election context.

In addition to the presentation of monitoring results, applicants encouraged to conduct an event or create a media product based on the obtained data as a result of monitoring and aimed at resolving the identified problems.

The technical criteria and conditions for applications, including a required methodology are appended in a separate annex document. The proposed methodology can address all 3 topics silicified above under the specific objective, or focus just on one or two of them. However, all project proposals must cover instances of hate speech and divisive, inflammatory narratives by main electoral stakeholders.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible entities under this call for proposals are professional associations of journalists or editors, unions and CSOs officially registered in Kyrgyzstan.

Budget and financial criteria

The maximum budget requested under this call of proposals shall not exceed 30,000 euro. Allocations for salaries should be of maximum 35% out of the total requested amount, while overall institutional costs (office rent, salaries, office maintenance costs etc.) should not be more than 50% of the budget. Equipment purchase or rent under this call should not exceed 30% of the budget and might be subject to special provisions in the grant contract and procurement proceedings.

Alternative co-financing sources are encouraged, but not mandatory.

The grant will be offered in several tranches based on project progress. The budget form (attached) offers clear and detailed information about the conditions for spending the funds to be provided through the grants. Project budgets should reflect real costs and be in full correspondence with the activities presented in the proposal.

Project duration and deadline

The project duration should be determined by the applicant, but should not exceed 6 months of implementation, with the main monitoring activities happening in the electoral period i.e. during the month preceding the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The deadline for submission is August 16, 23:59 (Bishkek time).

Application proceedings

To be eligible under this call for proposals, interested organisations should send the completed application and budget forms in English, Russian or Kyrgyz language to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu.

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Apart of application and budget forms, the applicant must attach the social media monitoring methodology that it intends to use within their project.

Uncompleted applications will not be considered.

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) reserves the right to ask for additional documents shall this be needed for a knowledge-based decision-making regarding grant awarding. At the same time, ALDA can decide not to award any grant in case the quality of the submitted proposals will not correspond to the listed criteria, in case of force majeure situations or in case the European Union will suspend its support to the Media Dialogue project.

Contact information

All the information related to this grant competition should be sent in writing to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu with the subject “Questions grant competition” before August 9, 2020.

Call for applications, Our Grantees

Media Dialogue project launches grants programme for supporting media organisations in Kyrgyzstan

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy within Media Dialogue project implemented with the financial support of European Union is launching a grants programme for supporting media organisations in Kyrgyzstan.

 Deadline to submit project proposals under this call is May 10, 2020, at 11:59 PM (Bishkek time)

Context

The Media Dialogue project aims to strengthen the national media environment by engaging media outlets in Kyrgyzstan alongside public decision makers and civil society in a dialogue about the challenges facing the media sphere and by harnessing their potential in promoting media policy and legal framework reform in the sector.

The project is implemented by a consortium of five organisations: European Partnership for Democracy (project lead), ARTICLE 19, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Media Policy Institute and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA Europe).

The project is implemented with the financial support of the European Union.

Introduction

Media Dialogue will offer a series of grants to media organisations active in the Kyrgyz media space or to consortia led by such media organisations who develop and deliver advocacy and public awareness campaigns through their content and/or physical or virtual events promoting reform and modernisation in the media sphere in line with global trends and international standards. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

Under this call for proposals, applications are accepted from individual media organisations or consortia led by such organisations in which case the lead consortium partner will submit the application in the name and on behalf of the entire consortium.

Grant Program Priorities

The overall objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the media environment in Kyrgyzstan, to support the provision of public service value content and high-quality journalism and to promote media policy reform.

The specific objectives of this call of proposals is to support media institutions in delivering advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness of the need to maintain and promote freedom of expression, high quality journalism, public service values content, access to information and other constituents of a free and democratic media environment. This might include (but is not limited to) advocacy activities that contribute to:

  • Improving access to information for both media organisations and the general public by pushing accepted boundaries and limits practiced by the state actors and allowed by the current legislation in accessing information and data in a quest for legal improvements in this area;
  • Increasing the transparency and accountability of the Kyrgyz public authorities;
  • Practising and promoting accurate and factual journalism based on evidence and verified, trustworthy sources as a way of countering fake news and disinformation, including in relation to the current  COVID-19 emergency;
  • Generating and spreading the culture of producing content based on stringent editorial standards and procedures observing internationally established norms such as practiced by public service media;
  • Promoting science-based reporting of publicly important events or crises and holding the authorities to account by questioning their conduct or actions in situations such as the current COVID-19 emergency.

Applicants producing content in the Kyrgyz language and operating in regional markets are encouraged to apply.  

Eligibility criteria

Eligible entities under this call for proposals are to be active media institutions (media outlets,  professional associations, unions, CSOs) officially registered in Kyrgyzstan. In the case of consortia, the lead partner must meet the above definition. If the lead partner is a media outlet (for-profit), among consortium members should be at least one not-for-profit, CSO or professional association operating in or related to the media sphere. A single particular organisation or consortium may submit only one proposal under this call. A consortium member (either lead or non-lead partner) may not submit a separate project proposal on individual basis.

Budget and financial criteria

The maximum budget requested under this call of proposals shall not exceed 30,000 euro and will not be less than 15,000 euro. For applications coming from a consortium of organisations, the maximum requested budget can go up to 60,000 euro. Salaries allocations should be of maximum 20% out of total requested amount, while overall institutional costs (office rent, salaries, office maintenance costs etc.) should not be more than 35% of the budget. Equipment purchase under this call should not exceed 30% of the budget and might be subject to special provision in grant contract and procurement proceedings.

Alternative co-financing sources are encouraged, but not mandatory.

The grant will be offered in several tranches based on project progress. The budget form should offer clear and detailed information about the way that offered resources will be spend. It should reflect real costs and be in full correspondence with the activities reflected in the proposal.

Project duration and deadline

Project duration should be determined by the applicant but should not exceed 6 months of implementation.

The deadline for submission is May 10, 11:59 PM (Bishkek time).

Application proceedings

To be eligible under this call for proposals, interested organisations should send the completed application form and budget template in English, Russian or in Kyrgyz language to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu.

Application form

Budget form

Uncompleted applications will not be considered.

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) reserve the right to ask for additional documents shall it be needed for a knowledge-based decision-making regarding grant awarding. At the same time, ALDA can decide not to award any grant in case the quality of the submitted proposals will not correspond to listed criteria, in case of force majeure situations or in case the European Union will suspend its support.

Contact information

All the information related to this grant competition should be sent in written to cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu with the subject „Questions grant competition” before May 6th, 2020.

 

 

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