Media Development Fund Program

New Funding Opportunity!
Ukraine: Keeping Independent Media Operational during the Wartime

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announces a call for grant proposals for Ukrainian media outlets and media organizations that will sustain their operation in the situation of ceasing advertising revenue, audience decline and logistics’ turbulence caused by Russian invasion. The contest also aims to provide local audiences with accurate reporting and information that will help Ukrainian citizens to stay alive, organize as communities and unite to rebuild their hometowns and businesses. The U.S. Embassy is welcoming proposals from all regions of Ukraine. However, the priority will be given to media outlets remaining in or relocated from regions previously besieged by Russian troops, or in temporary occupation. More details are below:

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The Public Affairs Section (PAS) Media Development Fund Program supports independent media outlets that provide objective and vital information to their communities, especially those suffering from Russia’s invasion. Funding is also provided to media organizations that conduct training on war journalism, resuming operation in relocation sites, cyber and physical security of journalists, as well as monitoring the rights of journalists and their protection during the war. Priority will be given to proposals that come from regions previously besieged by Russian troops or in temporary occupation.

Application period: OpenGrant ceiling: $200,000Period of performance: 12 monthsNumber of grants: Multiple

All grant applications are subject to available funding.

How to Apply The following documents are required:

  1. Mandatory application forms:
  1. Proposal: MDF has a suggested application form available hereYou may also use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.  The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with the topic would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do.
  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Introduction to the Organization: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies. This should include information about the organization’s total potential audience reach via online, print, television and social media activities. In the case of media organizations, please note many members of online followers.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed
  • Program Goals and Objectives:  The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve.  The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.  Include a logic model as appropriate.
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline:  The proposed timeline for the program activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program.  What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
  • Program Partners:  List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful
  1. Budget Justification Narrative:  After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.
  2. Attachments:
  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Organization registration documents
  • Registration in System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

All application materials must be submitted by email to KyivMDF@state.gov.