New Round of Microgrants available for Rising Voices

by Dina on November 6, 2007 · 1 comment

in Blogs & Blogging,Bridging The Divide Rural India,Social Media,Voices of the World

Rising VoicesApplication Deadline: November 30, 2007

Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting project proposals for the second round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for citizen media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own.

In July we funded five projects out of the 142 applications we received from over 60 different countries. The first five Rising Voices grantees are based in Bangladesh, Colombia, Bolivia, India, and Sierra Leone. You can view their applications by clicking on the relevant links underneath the sub-heading “Grantees” in the sidebar of the Rising Voices wiki

Rising Voices aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the conversational web, by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities. Examples of potential projects include:

  • Convincing a group of taggers or graffiti artists to transfer their medium of expression from walls of buildings to blogs, podcasts, and online video.
  • Approaching a local NGO with the offer of training their participants to blog and upload video in order to document the NGO’s work and the community where the participants live.
  • Distribute $10 digital cameras to two different groups of the same community and create a Flickr group where they confront each other’s photographic perspectives of their city.
  • Distribute mp3 recorders to participants of a youth group and help them produce monthly audio documentaries featuring elders who describe how their community has changed over the decades.

I’d urge you to go apply if you have a project idea, or wish to run a pilot or an experiment, that will bring more people , especially those that are underrepresented, into the conversational web. What you will gain is not just the grant, but access to an absolutely wonderful global community at Global Voices Online, many of whom I know personally, and am sure will be willing to mentor you and guide you through your project. [disclosure – i’m one of the Advisors for GV]

Learn more about how to apply through this neat screencast David Sasaki has made, or at the wiki or download the forms at the announcer post.

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1 Biotechnologist2020.com November 12, 2007 at 6:54 am

Can I come up with some websites for funding…?

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