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Bloggers Network Grant Program

Program Purpose

Please note that this 2013 competition is over. 

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine calls for proposals from Ukrainian NGOs who are interested in conducting projects that support the development and coordination of independent bloggers.  

The proposed project must include the creation or continuance of a bloggers network or hub. All proposed project activities must fall into the following areas to be considered for funding in this competition:

  • Blogging Coordination: Projects that support bringing together the voices of civil society online through an organized information sharing network, specifically in and between small and regional cities. The project must demonstrate the mechanism for this coordination.
  • Blogger Training: Initiatives that improve the level of writing by small and regional bloggers and promote professional standards of reporting through a network of bloggers. Proposal must explain details of this network.
  • Internet Freedom: Creation of blogging hubs for community projects that work to protect freedom of expression, association, and assembly in the online world.
  • Building Traditional Media/Blogger Relationships: Creation of blogging initiatives that will further the development and effectiveness of bloggers working together with traditional media outlets. The project must demonstrate how bloggers interact with traditional media through the proposed network.

The U.S. Embassy will fund high-quality and results-oriented projects from NGOs throughout Ukraine. Only one proposal per organization will be accepted. Grants are made on a one-time basis.  The duration of programs may vary depending on the proposals, but the length of the project funded should be no longer than one year. No grant will exceed $60,000. Most awards will be smaller; the average expected size of these grants is from $10,000 to $25,000.

Competition Requirements

  • The Bloggers Network grant program welcomes proposals from independent Ukrainian non-governmental organizations. Ukrainian state organizations are not eligible to apply. Only one proposal per organization should be submitted.
  •  Eligible organizations and their members may not represent any political party, or serve as appointed or elected public officials at the time of application or for the duration of the grant.  Organizations which belong to and/or are financially supported by any political party (other than via intermittent advertising) are not eligible to apply. 
  • Eligible organizations may not make any expenditures with their own funds on behalf of political parties, party coalitions, or their representatives. 
  • Grant money may not be used to contribute to any political campaigns, nor may it be used to offset the expense of contributing to any political campaign.  
  • Eligible organizations may not publish or communicate anything that explicitly or implicitly favors or opposes any political candidate, political party, or party coalition.  
  • Application to, or receipt of funds from this thematic competition, does not disqualify any organization from competing for other U.S. government funds. 

TO APPLY:

Only electronic applications will be accepted.  No paper application will be accepted.  You must submit your application in PDF format.  Applications must be completed in both English and Ukrainian.  You must use the standard grants application forms and follow the instructions provided on this page. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for this competition.

Please note that this 2013 competition is over. 

How to Apply

  • Please note that this 2013 competition is over. 

    Only electronic applications will be accepted.  No paper application will be accepted.  You must submit your application in PDF format.  Applications must be completed in both English and Ukrainian.

    Application forms:
    English (PDF) 
    Ukrainian (PDF)