2015 Earth Journalism Network Climate Communications Innovation Fund ($USD50,000 Grants)

Application Deadline:  June 15, 2015.

The Earth Journalism Network has created the Climate Communications Innovation Fund to support the development, adaptation, and introduction of novel story telling methods focused on the human dimensions of climate change.

Communities living in regions with climatic changes that undermine their livelihoods face a two-way problem: a lack of capacity to have their perspectives heard and barriers to receiving information on the drivers of change. Causes range from unintelligible information to difficulties in sharing solutions to a lack of media coverage and critical communications infrastructure that result from a history of marginalization and poverty.

This grant opportunity represents a challenge to journalists throughout the world to facilitate a responsive information ecosystem that more accurately and holistically reflects environmental challenges facing people across the planet.

The Grant:

  • This grant fund will support up to 5 projects with each grant amount averaging for approximately 10,000 USD

Type of Projects Supported:

  • The primary focus of this grants opportunity is on the application of technology and novel techniques for climate change communication.
  • Open to applications that include fellowships and travel grants that support specific story ideas or coverage of key events, so long as these activities have a clear relationship to the innovative components of the project.

Eligibility:

  • The Climate Communications Innovation Fund is designed primarily to support the work of already existing media outlets, journalism networks, and associations where an additional funding is need to pursue innovative or experimental approaches.
  • Individuals or new ventures are eligible for this funding.
  • Applicants should provide information about sustaining about this project after the initial seed funding provided under this grant.

How to Apply:

  • Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee.
  • Applications should include a budget using this form
  • The projects are generally expected to take place within less than a year. Projects that can show results before the start of the COP21 Climate Summit in early December, 2015 will receive particular interest. Final reports for accepted projects must be filed no later than February 10, 2016.
  • Projects that can offer or raise co-financing to complement EJN’s support will be favorably viewed.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Earth Journalism Network Climate Communications Innovation Fund

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