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Subject: (ISF) Microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 21:30:02 EDT
I have just posted an article about a microgrant for media outreach and
technology at the CharityChannel's Don Griesmann's Grant Opportunities.
Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting
project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to
$5,000 for new 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.
Applicants from countries outside of North America and Western Europe
are especially encouraged to apply As the Internet becomes more
accessible to more people, as computers become cheaper, and as software
applications move from the desktop to the web, the so-called digital
divide seems to be narrowing. In its place, however, we see a
participation gap in which the vast majority of blogs, podcasts, and
online video are being produced in middle-class neighborhoods in major
cities around the world. 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:
* Purchasing an affordable digital video camera and teaching a group of
rural students how to produce an ongoing video-blog documentary about
the lives of their grandparents.
* Organizing a regular workshop on blogging and photography at a local
orphanage. Portions of the budget could be used on cheap digital cameras
and Internet cafe costs so that participants could describe their local
neighborhoods to a global audience with text and photos.
* Working with a local NGO or social entrepreneur so that their
challenges, successes, and stories are told to a global audience.
* Translating our new media curriculum to an indigenous language, like
Quechua or Wolof, that is currently not represented in the blogosphere
or “ podosphere.” Then use the learning modules to encourage bloggers to
write in those languages.
The deadline is June 15, 2007.
For the full information see -
Donald A. Griesmann, Esq. (NJ)
Don Griesmann's Grant Opportunities
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