Europe Foundation is seeking to identify journalists and media outlets, who are interested and able to engage in holistic investigation of a single topic of interest, such as corruption or corporate wrongdoing, and who are able to involve more partners that can support their watchdog and advocacy efforts, such as civil society organizations, civic activists, etc.
Goal and Objectives
- The goal of the grant competition is to support the watchdog function of the Georgian media and to promote civic monitoring and advocacy efforts in various spheres of life, through fostering cooperation between media outlets and CSOs, so that together they contribute to more transparent and accountable governance in Georgia.
- The primary objectives of the call are as follows:
- To support Georgian journalists and media outlets in their watchdog reporting efforts that will shine light on systemic corruption or expose uncomfortable truths about various aspects of governance in Georgia.
- To support partnerships between investigative reporters and CSOs that will ensure follow up on the conducted investigations, in order to arm Georgian citizens with information and to effect real changes for families and communities across Georgia.
Potential Focus Areas
- Government dealings/engagements, issues of political or judicial corruption, channeling of public funds, misuse of power, etc.
- Healthcare sector, provision of public services or social assistance, etc.
- Looking at the linkages between environmental problems, economic development, and governance failures.
- Maximum grant award for each proposal is GEL 85,000. 2 The minimum duration of the project is 12 month and maximum duration 18 months.
Grant funds may be used for the following:
Grant funds may be used only for the activities directly related to implementation of a grant project. Grant funds cannot be used for covering organization’s on-going expenses, construction expenses, purchase of real estate, or covering the applicant organization’s debt. Grant funds may be used for the following:
- Expenses related to collection of data and evidence.
- Direct costs for project-related events.
- Communication (phone, fax, e-mail).
- Pro-rated portion of salaries for key participants and reasonable honoraria for the invited experts (if any). A clear justification must be provided for project staff salary levels and percentage of hours dedicated to project activities.
- Purchase of stationery and a limited amount of equipment (e.g. computer, software).
- Other expenses directly related to project implementation.
Proposals must come from media outlets or civil society organizations legally registered in Georgia. It is mandatory to show real partnership between a civil society organization and a media outlet or a group of journalists. Civil servants, members of the current parliament, staff of the public broadcaster, and/or leaders and members of political parties cannot participate in a grant project as a grant remunerated participant. Interested applicant can submit one proposal within a call.
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