The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support access to information and journalist protection in Yemen.
DRL’s goal is to foster links between journalists and the communities they serve. DRL’s objective is to provide independent journalists and media outlets with the necessary investigative, physical, and digital security skills to securely produce fact-based reporting, thereby reinforcing the credibility of media products to the community. Program approaches may include support for:
- Media outlets, including those working in the radio sector, and within community journalism networks which are locally-oriented and focused on city neighborhoods or small towns.
- Journalists to develop innovative content that more effectively engages their audiences on topics of local importance, particularly related to reconciliation and community dialogue.
- Small grants for grassroots media initiatives with strong involvement, leadership and/or focus on women and girls.
- Training for at-risk journalists and media organizations in:
- Holistic security training, reflecting the integration of digital security, physical security, and psychosocial safety components in the training methodology.
- Digital safety training, which may include some combination of online and in-person training, as feasible, as well as both direct training and training-of-trainers programs, for maximum effectiveness and distribution of information to at-risk individuals and organizations.
- Digital security auditing to provide comprehensive risk assessment, mitigation, and vulnerability analysis, and inform training activities for beneficiaries.
- Emergency support to journalists and civil society actors facing immediate threats. Please note that emergency support must demonstrate awareness of and coordination with existing rapid-response networks and programs.
- Tracking and public reporting of developments affecting media freedom in Yemen, including new and emerging targets for censorship, harassment, prosecution, detention, or arrest.
- Localization of existing open-source secure communication and censorship circumvention tools/educational resource platforms into Standard and Yemeni Arabic language and context.
- Award Ceiling: $1,250,000
- Award Floor: $1,000,000
- DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/non-government organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
- Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.
- Cost Sharing or Matching: Providing cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not an eligibility factor or requirement for this NOFO, and providing cost share will not result in a more favorable competitive ranking.
How to Apply
Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply via given website.
For more information please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314218