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Media-related small grants to bolster Kazakh language online content

ID: DOS-KAZ-AST-AEECA-24-002 • Type: Posted

Description

The U.S. government's support for Kazakhstan's efforts in promoting Kazakh-language and media reflects a commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, promoting cultural exchange, and supporting democratic values and freedoms. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of supporting online Kazakh-language content creators through small grants. This initiative is crucial for several reasons, particularly considering Kazakhstan's efforts to promote its national language and culture while fostering a competitive and professional media landscape.

With the number of Kazakh speakers on the rise, there is a growing demand for online content in Kazakh. By facilitating the proliferation of Kazakh-language content online, this assistance award contributes directly to the economic prosperity of Kazakhstan through the promotion of a competitive, professional, and free media landscape.

Applicants are encouraged to align their project proposals with one or more of the objectives below, demonstrating how their initiatives will contribute to the advancement of Kazakh-language media. Applicants are welcome to propose projects that innovate in content creation in various forms, including animation, documentaries, apps, reporting, podcasts, and video content, leverage emerging technology, and uphold integrity and accuracy in media production.

Project Goal: The primary goal of this assistance is to increase access to high-quality, reliable content for Kazakh-speaking audiences through support for Kazakh online content creators.

Project Audience(s): Kazakh-language content creators, social media content creators, as well as technology professionals promoting innovation in the media space. In addition to individual creators, academic or cultural institutions and organizations promoting Kazakh language, history, and culture could form part of the audience.

Project Objectives: Project proposals may address one or more of these objectives, or other objectives within the above policy priorities.

Objective 1: Supportive ecosystem for content creators: Equip Kazakh-language content creators with necessary knowledge and skills to produce accurate, reliable, and fact-based content. Topics may include fact-checking techniques, critical thinking and analysis, audience engagement strategies, visual storytelling, etc.

Objective 2: Technological advancement through Kazakh-language content creation: Develop content creator's abilities to integrate new and emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the content creation process.

Objective 3: Integrity and accuracy in Kazakh-language media: Increase production of high-quality content that combats disinformation/misinformation and historical manipulation among Kazakh-language content creators.

Background
The U.S. government's support for Kazakhstan's efforts in promoting Kazakh-language and media reflects a commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, promoting cultural exchange, and supporting democratic values and freedoms. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of supporting online Kazakh-language content creators through small grants. This initiative is crucial for several reasons, particularly considering Kazakhstan's efforts to promote its national language and culture while fostering a competitive and professional media landscape.

Grant Details
The U.S. Mission Kazakhstan’s Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is seeking proposals from organizations and individuals in Kazakhstan to support Kazakh-language content creators. The objective is to strengthen and develop the local production capacity of independent online content creators and increase the quality of domestically produced Kazakh-language media in Kazakhstan.

The assistance aims to help increase the level of professionalism of independent journalists. The project goal is to increase access to high-quality, reliable content for Kazakh-speaking audiences through support for Kazakh online content creators. The primary audience includes Kazakh-language content creators, social media content creators, technology professionals promoting innovation in the media space, academic or cultural institutions, and organizations promoting Kazakh language, history, and culture.

Project proposals may address objectives such as equipping content creators with necessary knowledge and skills to produce accurate, reliable, and fact-based content; developing content creator’s abilities to integrate new and emerging technologies into the content creation process; increasing production of high-quality content that combats disinformation/misinformation and historical manipulation among Kazakh-language content creators.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations dedicated to promoting Kazakh language and culture through online media, non-governmental organizations including media-related organizations, for-profit organizations or small businesses focused on developing innovative technologies or platforms to support Kazakh language content creation and distribution online, individual content creators producing Kazakh language educational or informative content for online platforms, independent journalists or writers creating content in Kazakh language for online publication. Only Kazakhstan-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Period of Performance
The length of performance period is 6-12 months with possible extension. The anticipated program start date is October 1, 2024.

Grant Value
$150,000 total available funding with anticipated 1-5 awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 each.

Place of Performance
Projects should be completed in 12 months or less within Kazakhstan.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Program (CFDA)
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/20/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity DOS-KAZ-AST-AEECA-24-002 for Media-related small grants to bolster Kazakh language online content with funding of $150,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.900 AEECA/ESF PD Programs. It is expected that 5 total grants will be made worth between $20,000 and $50,000.

Timing

Posted Date
March 20, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
May 20, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 30 Days
Last Updated
March 20, 2024, 2:31 a.m. EDT
Version
2
Archive Date
June 19, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
• Not-for-profit organizations dedicated to promoting Kazakh language and culture through online media.• Non-governmental organizations, including media-related organizations.• For-profit organizations or small businesses focused on developing innovative technologies or platforms to support Kazakh language content creation and distribution online.• Individual content creators producing Kazakh language educational or informative content for online platforms.• Independent journalists or writers creating content in Kazakh language for online publicationFor this announcement, only Kazakhstan-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$50,000
Floor
$20,000
Estimated Program Funding
$150,000
Estimated Number of Grants
5

Contacts

Contact
Saltanat Gninenko Grants Coordinator
Contact Phone
(717) 270-2217

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