Earth Journalism Network’s Biodiversity Media Initiative invites applications for the Biodiversity Media Grants in 2020.
As a part of the Earth Journalism Network’s Biodiversity Media Initiative project, offer a new round of grant opportunities for journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations or academic institutions that are working to improve media coverage of biodiversity and conservation issues in countries where information is most under threat and most urgently needed.
Many of the threats currently facing global biodiversity have been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding for critical conservation and ecotourism projects has been redirected or lost, economic growth has been prioritized over protecting wild spaces, and media coverage of the outbreak has dwarfed reporting on conservation.
Indeed, the biodiversity crisis is one that impacts all of humanity and has not received the media coverage that it deserves. Media organisations and reporters have an important part to play in raising public awareness of biodiversity and conservation issues, and highlighting potential solutions to these problems.
Worth of Award
- This grant fund has US$48,000 available for awards this year, which they would ideally share among three to five projects.
- Although applications for funding of any amount within this total will be considered, they would expect the average grant size to be between $10,000 and $15,000, with potentially a greater share of the total going to projects that demonstrate a critical need.
The Biodiversity Media Grants will support projects that:
- Build the capacity of journalism networks and media organizations to report on biodiversity and conservation issues
- Carry out biodiversity and/or conservation training activities for journalists
- Build internal capacity
- Organise local networks around these issues
They are especially interested in projects that focus on conservation in biodiversity-rich regions of the world, such as the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia.
- As Internews is strictly a media development organization, they will not consider applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.
- This opportunity is open to journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations or academic institutions.
- Although they will consider applications by NGOs or environmental groups looking to build the capacity of journalists to cover conservation issues, preference will be given to applications from or affiliated with professional journalists, media organizations, journalism schools and the like.
How to Apply
Applications are done online via their website. See link below.
- Fill in the online application form by clicking the “Apply Now” button located on the top right of the page.
- If you have an existing account, you’ll need to log in. If not, you will need to create an account by clicking “Join the Network” on the top right of the page.
- If you start the application and want to come back and complete it later you can click “Save Draft.” To return to your draft, you’ll need to go back to the opportunity and click “Apply Now” again to finalize the application.
- All applicants are required to submit a budget with the application form.
- If you encounter difficulties with submitting your application or have questions about the grants, please email [email protected]
Deadline: The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020. Please take note of the time zone for the application deadline, as applications submitted after this will not be considered.