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Bloggers Network Grant Program
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Program Purpose

The Bloggers Network grant program is administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The grant supports the development of blogging networks in Ukraine and provides financial grant support to Ukrainian non-governmental organizations for blogger projects.

 

The Bloggers Network grant program welcomes proposals from independent Ukrainian non-governmental organizations. Ukrainian state organizations are not eligible to apply.

The grant program does not support projects aimed at partisan political purposes.

No grant will exceed $60,000. Most awards will be smaller; the expected average size grant is from $5,000 to $20,000. The actual amount of a grant awarded depends on the scope of activities and duration of projects. The duration of programs may vary depending on the proposals, but the length of the project funded should be no longer than six months. The Bloggers Network grant program encourages cost-sharing for organizations to seek additional funding from other sources.

General Competition Project Themes

The Bloggers Network grant program's priorities are directed to:

  • Blogging Coordination: Projects that support bringing together the voices of civil society online and organized information sharing, specifically in and between small and regional cities.
  • Blogger Training: Initiatives that improve the level of writing by small and regional bloggers and promote professional standards of reporting.
  • Internet Freedom: Blogging community projects that work to protect freedom of expression, association, and assembly in the online world.
  • Online Access: Support access to information, technical resources, and secure communications on the Internet and mobile devices for small and regional bloggers.
  • Finance/funding: Promoting initiatives and training that improve the business environment and revenue streams for small and regional blogs and bloggers.
  • Traditional Media/Blogger Relationships: Blogging initiatives that will further the development and effectiveness of the traditional media and bloggers working together.
  • Young, Ethnic Minority, and Women Bloggers: Promotion of youth, ethnic minority and women bloggers participation in the blogging community.

 

 

Competition Requirements

  • The Bloggers Network grant program welcomes proposals from independent Ukrainian non-governmental organizations. Ukrainian state organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Eligible organizations and their members may not represent any political party, or serve as appointed or elected public officials at the time of application or for the duration of the grant. Organizations which belong to and/or are financially supported by any political party (other than via intermittent advertising) are not eligible to apply.
  • Eligible organizations may not make any expenditures with their own funds on behalf of political parties, party coalitions, or their representatives.
  • Grant money may not be used to contribute to any political campaigns, nor may it be used to offset the expense of contributing to any political campaign.
  • Eligible organizations may not publish or communicate anything that explicitly or implicitly favors or opposes any political candidate, political party, or party coalition.
  • Application to, or receipt of funds from this thematic competition, does not disqualify any organization from competing for other U.S. government funds.

 

 

To Apply

Only electronic applications will be accepted. No paper application will be accepted. You must submit your application in PDF format. Applications must be completed in both English and Ukrainian.

Project proposals, marked "Bloggers Network,” must be received no later than 11.59pm (Ukraine time) on July 1, 2012 at the following email address:

Electronic copy: KyivBlogGrant@state.gov

 

In all correspondence please refer to the Bloggers Network competition.

 

You must use the standard grants application forms and follow the instructions provided.

 

Applicants may also request information by writing to KyivBlogGrant@state.gov.

 

 Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for this competition.
 

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