Rising Voices’ latest round of micro-grant funding call for proposals

Rising Voices is accepting project proposals from NGOs or individuals under its latest round of micro-grant funding for digital media outreach projects around the world. Rising Voices will award funding to selected organizations or individuals with a funding of up to US $4,000.

Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to underrepresented communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, or podcasting on their own.

This funding opportunity is open to both NGOs and private individuals. However, if an NGO does not have experienced citizen media trainers on their staff, it is extremely important that they seek collaboration with the local blogging community to find the right trainer(s) with the necessary skills. On the other hand, it would also be highly beneficial for individual applicants to partner with an existing NGO from the communities they plan to serve in order to strengthen the project’s impact.

The application deadline is February 4th, 2011. For more information, visit this link


  1. Asghar Siddiqui says:

    Awaz-e-Niswan(Voice of Women)

    Awaz-e-Niswan (Voice of Women) is a non-government, non-profit, secular registered women organization formed in 2001. It aims to raise the concerns of weaker segments of society especially single mothers heading the families (divorced, separated and widows) at regional and international level for the empowerment of women in Pakistan. It is working for the transformation of this vulnerable section of society into progressive, efficient and dynamic society to promote human respect and dignity for the advancement of a just society. To achieve its goals, it has been involved in the sector of education, health/ reproductive health, enterprise development, legal awareness/ assistance and peace and social harmony.

    It aims to strengthen the process of social development and empowerment of women without ethnic, religious, political and linguistic biases paying special attention to marginalized and disadvantaged women. It firmly believes that the paramount solution to improve their situation could only be achieved by developing their abilities, self confidence to voice for their own rights and rights of other people.

  2. P.T.Aienla Lemtor says:

    Nagaland Center for Human Development and Information Technology (NCHD-IT) is a not for profit NGO based in Dimapur,Nagaland.

    Under the organization we have a wing called Youth & scholars Discussion Forum which we meet twice a month and discuss the burning issues of the day. All the discussions we document and record it and at the end of the year we published it in a book form.

    We are happy to read about the Rising Voices project and looking forward to get support from them to enhance the work what we have already started using a much better, faster and reaching a whole world. This will widening and broaden our ideas and help us to achieve our mission and goal.

    With regards
    P.T.Aienla Lemtor
    Executive Director

  3. Symon Kitur says:

    I would wish to get guidelines on how apply this fund.

  4. r.maruthi rao says:

    om maruthi vidya samste is a charitable trust working for the upliftment of labour class kids, autistic kids and handicapped kids.presently 4oo kids are benefitted by our trust. we want to bring more kids under our trust.these kids are not aware of their rights or about the societies cruelty. they deserves all happiness d knowledge and dignity of the society..so we are proposed to build science lab and computer lab for their benefit so that they should not be behind other upper class children. so your kind help will bring bright light to their lives.

  5. Charles Nkwabi says:

    I am a Freelancer (not employed by any Media Company here in Tanzania. I want to reach the Maasai people with education for human rights especially girls. Maasai girls are raped, are fosed for circumsition. According to them the Maasai lady is not allowed to be married while is virgin! Ladies from 6 to 12 years starts to indurge in sexual practise! Many of them dont go to schooll rather they remain home and keeping cattles. Many of them dont have the idea how the world is..

    I have done a research in 3 regions namely Arusha countryside, Morogoro and Manyara regions in the villages I found more than I expected. The appropriate to reach them (teenagers) is using drama and Cinema through their language. May I send you a proposal for this project? Looking forward to hearing from you soon

    Charles Nkwabi –
    Dar es salaam, Tanzania

  6. fazal wadood says:

    Dear hummaniterian communities,
    Comminity Motivation & Development Organization (CMDO) was established in 2007 was formally registered in 2010 under Social Welfare & Volunteer NGOs Registration and Control Act 1961 government of Pakistan.
    (CMDO)is a non profitable non political organization working for the development communities especially women,street children, water and Sanitation,Human Rights,Vocational training,Women empowerment,Awareness and has been working for poverty reduction, illiteracy, unemployment, peace and disaster management in Barham patti, Fateh Pur Swat, KPK, Pakistan since 2007 with a vision to strive in partnership with community,
    public and civil society organizations to achieve objectives for developing a, peaceful and prosperous atmosphere and society where all have equal rights and opportunities irrespective of gender, color, race, religion and status.

  7. Ahmed Hussein NUR says:

    we are pleased to inform that we are determined organisation based north eastern kenya.
    we therefore call for your close patnership
    deputy programcordinator

  8. Timothy Kpeh says:

    The United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency & Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) INC is a youth organization that is engage in youth empowerment, girls education, advocacy around various human rights issues and water, sanitation and hygiene in Liberia. We are interested in this project, please send us the application form.

  9. Alfredo Ngandu says:

    Angola is one of the countries in the world which is heavily mined. These mines continue killing civilians especially women and children long after hostilities have become to an end. Such initiative can help broadcast and disseminate safety precautions to the locals in order to reduce the risk of being killed or injured by mines.

    I would love to hear from you soon, if such projects can be funded.

    Mine Risk Education,

  10. HASAN NOOR AHMED says:


  11. Agnes Fallah Kamara Umunna says:


    Submitted to: Needs Donors
    Malaria Education Program on Women Advocacy Radio
    Prepared by: Agnes Fallah Kamara Umunna
    Material Requested for Project: 2000 Watt Transmitter FM Broadcasting Equipment and Self-supporting Mast/Tower
    Dear Prospective donor:
    The Liberian nation and people suffered great losses in terms of human life, human resources, capital investments, and infrastructural developments during the 14-year Liberian civil wars from 1989 to 2003. This decimated the lives of an estimated 400, 000 innocent people and half of the nation’s population is displaced. Not only that 85% Liberians are unemployed, but also 30-50 thousand of the children are orphans and more than 100,000 child soldiers and ex-combatants who are desperately in need of education, rehabilitation and psychological counseling to once more make them productive citizens.
    In a total population of 3.4 million people, the illiteracy rate of Liberia is at a high 85% due to the consequences of the war, with more than half of the nation’s 1.6 million children, mostly between the ages of 3-18, out of school. The total number of schools in Liberia before the civil war stood at 2,400, out of which around 80 percent was destroyed. From these alarming statistics, it is clear that Liberia’s social, economic, political, cultural, and educational institutions were severely destroyed during the civil war and are now in need of urgent rebuilding, repairs, or improvements in order to promote a better quality of life for the Liberian people.
    Worst of all, 100% of the population is exposed to malaria on a continuous basis. In Monrovia where majority of the educated and decision-makers are concentrated, more than 50% of the patients, workforce in hospitals and clinics are infected by malaria. And more than one of every five newborn Liberian children will not live to celebrate their 5th birth day. Malaria has not only been the number killer of our people, but it has been the cause of agricultural dependence, poverty, instability, inequalities, and lost of Liberia’s territory (Sherbro Island) to its prevalence. Malaria is our 9/11, nuclear weapons, A-K-47, tsunamis, terrorist, holocaust, genocide, and global warming, etc. Malaria has killed more people in the history of Liberia than the total number of Liberians killed during the 14 years civil wars. Sadly, we now have both malaria and HIV/AIDS diseases to take on which all indications show will accelerate death in Liberia because anyone with
    HIV/AIDS who already has weakened immune system gets malaria that also targets destroying the red blood cells and elevating the body temperature will have little chance to live because Malaria accelerates the spread of AIDS. And keep in mind that our nation not only leads the world in the highest newborn crude death rate (66 deaths per 1,000 births) but life expectancy has declined to the lowest levels ever, in our modern history to, 41 years for males and 47 years for females.
    The health of Liberia nation is at stake. Yet, many people do not have any malaria public library of resource center to read on malaria, watch films, or learn about seriousness their number one killer, which steals Liberia’s children by the thousands. Therefore, we are asking friends and people of passion to help Women Advocacy Radio implement this humanitarian Radio project and realize its dream.
    This proposal, Malaria Education Program on Women Advocacy Radio intends to utilize a cultural approach through a grass root campaign movement to empower the vast majority of the Liberian 3population, non-conversant in English who live in rural and at -risk communities to be fully involved in the implementation of the national malaria control and environmental protection programs in Liberia through education, dissemination of information and participation in formulation of national policy and strategy backed by gospel message.
    The program will spill over into the greater Liberian society mainly to support local enterprises in the creation of jobs by training that will replace deforestation and artisan diamond mining as well as establishing mosquito control brigades at various community levels to control malaria and other relevant insect borne diseases. We believe that if environmental destructions and these insect-borne diseases go unchecked, and the decision-makers are not education about environmental impact, not only children will not be well, but no business will really take off in Liberia because most Liberian workers will be too ill to work.
    The Women Advocacy Radio intends to engage, educate, train community leaders to take ownership of the control of environmental protection and the deadly disease, using three strategic: workshops, ethnic language radio programs, malaria library, and integration of malaria education in the national curriculum of Liberia. Women Advocacy Radio aims to use radio to educate a vast of Liberians in the sixteen different languages of Liberia, considering that 85 percent of the population is illiterate and vast of majority of those affected by the disease reside in the rural communities and are ignorant of the signs and symptoms of malaria and how environmental destruction promote malaria breeding and poverty. District and Clans chiefs, elders, ethnic and sacred institutions, ethnic leaders, and civic groups will be actively engaged to enhance and participate in the malaria awareness campaign under the Women Advocacy Radio.
    Grass root Liberians have not been represented in the decision-making mechanism of environmental protection and national malaria control, but yet are the target population for an effective malaria control program. It is therefore novel and innovative for the grass root population to not only is recipient of a top-to-bottom malaria policy, but also for to have a voice in the formulation of strategies and approaches to address the malaria epidemic in their communities thus empowering them through self-determination. Women Advocacy Radio does not only intend to conscientize and rally grass root Liberians, but believe that focusing on local ownership, that can empower and encourage local communities to develop creative methods ideas to build local resources and capacity to combat malaria and sustain this progress on their own. The Overall objective of the Women Advocacy Radio approach is for ordinary Liberians to see themselves as stake holders, entering into dialogue to share experiences of successful local community strategies for adoption of bond between them and their environment and possible collaboration on projects for a malaria- free new Liberia.
    The Problems:
    Liberia is in serious need of massive rallying for women’s awareness, environmental protection, and malaria education programs for social stability, rehabilitation and reconstruction after fourteen years of civil war. In Liberia, 100% of the population do not have any alternative to live with the environment and are exposed to malaria on a continuous basis. In Monrovia where majority of the educated and decision-makers are concentrated, more than 50% of the patients, workforce in hospitals and clinics are infected by malaria. And more than one of every five newborn Liberian children will not live to celebrate their 5th birth day. Liberian history is riddled 4with malaria tragedies and environmental destruction because they called the natural world “bush”.
    For example, the first 88 emigrants who sailed from New York on January 31, 1820 and landed in today’s Liberia, more than 80% died from malaria. Since then, malaria has not only been the number killer of the Liberian people, but the tropical forest has been seen as their enemy and has been abused to cause of agricultural dependence, poverty, instability, inequalities, and loss of Liberia’s territory (Sherbro Island).
    Liberia’s own official government records reveal that our poor nation loses 21,300 lives and spends $40 million dollars every year combating the disease. This huge amount does not even include what poor malaria-stricken Liberian families spend. Indeed, many spend up to 35% of their income on malaria prevention and treatment, excluding what Liberians spend on burial. During the rainy season, when Liberians are vulnerable and can least afford to be sick, malaria wages war on them, making it impossible for them to do their farm work. Most victims certainly survive the disease, but when millions cannot work their families suffer and starve. And tens of thousands will bear the physical and psychological scars of malaria forever. Malaria ought to be the easiest of the Big Three Third World killers to control because AIDS and TB are a lot more complex and harder to address, but this is not the case because we lack the ethical clarity, moral courage and political will power to use the most efficient malaria treatment options made available to us by modern technology. But we in Straight From The Heart believe that if we cannot eradicate malaria and protect our environment in Liberia due to political and ethical reasons, we can at least control and prevent malaria and major environmental catastrophes in Liberia.
    Moreover, the World Health Organization lists Liberia as one of two nations with the higher rate of malaria in the world, noting that about 100% of the population of Liberia is exposed to malaria on a continuous basis. In fact, in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, where majority of the educated population and key national decision-makers are concentrated, more than 50% of all hospitals and clinics’ visits by patients are malaria-related, while, according to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia, there are about only four functioning hospitals in Liberia with an estimated 237 physicians/specialists or 0.1 physicians per 100,000 patients. In addition, more than one of every five newborn Liberian children will not live to celebrate their 5th birth day due to malaria, while Liberia currently leads the world in highest newborn crude death rate at 66 deaths per 1,000 births. Indeed, with these kinds of statistics which continued to put much burden on the inadequate resources of both the government and the people of Liberia, it is now time to act and act now to prevent malaria in Liberia to help to lay the foundations for a better nation after the battle against malaria has been won.
    Liberians continue to live on meager 30 cent per day as noted recently by former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, if the average Liberian family continues to spends up to 35% of their income on malaria treatment and prevention, and if malaria continues to impact the Liberian workforce and infant mortality rates, then Liberians must understand that to fall short malaria prevention today would trigger the sensitive index of the post-reconstruction of the new Liberia development to slide into a curve of steep decline. Therefore, today, not tomorrow, humanity must act now through the use radio to prevent malaria in Liberia before it is too late.
    The core of the Women Advocacy Radio approach is to reach the vast majority of the grass rooters, including the majority indigenous population, who live in the rural communities and do have access to adequate health facilities and seem not to understand the socio-economic impact on their communities and country by the disease, malaria, which robs them of future generations and Liberia’s future, overburden its health structures and prevents its prosperity. The lack of knowledge about the disease is the reason most Liberians, especially residing in rural communities, contribute malaria to witchcrafts and do not seek medical treatment. This attitude is compounded by taboos and other cultural values, which interfere with the grassroots /indigenous participation malaria control. The Women Advocacy Radio target audience is 85% of the Liberian population who understands vernacular languages and has no access to public education about malaria. This population access to information and education about the disease in their own vernacular languages will enhance their understanding of the disease and empower them to be proactive in the fight to combat the disease. Thus, Women Advocacy Radio plans to rally and educate this specific targeted group to be a part on the malaria and environmental protection programs. Misunderstanding the single largest cause of death is a fundamental national security issue.
    Liberians will positively response when Women Advocacy Radio is implemented and they know that malaria and environmental impact their economic, agricultural and democratic development. It is clear that democracy does not survive where the people are sick, too weak to … farm, learn, compete and defend their national boundaries.

    Strategy II: Radio:
    Most of the billboards that communicate environmental control and malaria information are in English language that 85% of the people cannot read. This defeats the purpose, this is radio communication and programming in the mother tongues of the people is needed. There many radio radios station in the Liberia but what we have proposed is completely different. If supported, it will win the heart s of the Liberia majority. Radio programs are the best way to counter lack of information about protection the environment and malaria that killing the people and rally them to action and limited education opportunities in rural areas. Radio is the most cost-effective, accessible information/communication technology to all Liberians on board. Radio reaches more people than any other mass medium – people who are isolated by illiteracy, distance, conflict, and poverty. It is easily adapted to local language and culture.
    Farmers in North America and Europe make decisions every day based on information that they get from newspapers, market services, the internet, and commercial and government extension services. Because most farmers are well-educated, they are able to process this information and use it for their benefit. In contrast, Liberian in low-income counties are often poorly educated, many never went to school and have not completed primary school, and are illiterate) and have limited access to current and relevant information. Without this access, they make decisions based on bed nets barriers, outdated or incorrect information – thus exacerbating their already difficult situations.
    Radio is a trusted source of information. It offers an opportunity for change. Liberians can listen to radio in the privacy of their home, in a language with which they are comfortable. It requires no special skill. A survey of Liberians revealed that radio is the most welcome source of outside information.
    Project Action Plan:
    Our core program has two main streams. One will develop content for radio programs that will be relevant to rallying and education Liberians, especially the 85% who cannot read and write. The second provides training and professional development opportunities for our vernacular speakers for our national rallying campaign.
    In the first stream, the Women Advocacy Radio will research and write radio scripts. Topics we cover include environmental vision, bond between Liberians and the environment, alternative employments, how to use bed nets, cultural barriers associated with bed nets, malaria control, mosquitoes behavior, malaria impact of agriculture, education, malaria and pregnancy, malaria and poverty, malaria witch myth, environment management, malaria safety, youth in rural areas, child death, and more. These scripts will be translated into the 18 official Liberian vernacular languages, and broadcast. The scripts will also available on our website and will be sent out electronically to our associates and to other organizations in Liberia that support small-scale malaria control and rural development. Our primary beneficiaries are the 90% of Liberian who are exposed to malaria – especially women we have worked with and were victims of the war in Liberia, who provide about 75% of the labor for agriculture in Liberian, and are often sick with malaria and have no information on malaria. Other beneficiaries are their families, and in particular their children, will benefit from malaria control information as a result of innovated production and processing, and better education as a result of rallying the Liberian grassroots.
    In the second stream, Women Advocacy Radio provide training to develop the skills of rural radio broadcasters so that they can meet the needs of all the 18 official vernacular languages; Women Advocacy Radio will promote training resources and opportunities offered by other organizations; and Women Advocacy Radio publish examples of “best practices” of its radio partners. Radio stations in Liberia have extremely limited resources, and little training in malaria control or rural issues. Our materials will help broadcasters and their directors/managers understand malaria control’ problems and concerns and produce programs that provide reliable, practical information based on scientific research as well as traditional knowledge.
    Women Advocacy Radio will develop Radio script to suit local conditions. For the most part, production is cheap, especially compared to other mass media. Broadcasters can actively involve listeners in their programs. That way, listeners – the majority we aim to help – can determine the content.
    Radio will encourage communities to help themselves with other agro-industries. Network partners and their farm audiences share their experiences using our scripts, and provide new information that we can share with others. Someday, new technologies and improved education might give the Liberian grassroots everywhere access to the information like those in developed nation today. For now, radio is the medium of choice in our mission to share knowledge for the new malaria free Liberia.
    When rural or peasant organizations have their program heard on their own radio station where they give information that is relevant to the community, it really will be a vibrant movement, hearing their voices and their awareness of the broad situation, of the international situation and the national issues as well. All of this will help communicate how to prevent the disease and how to do this as a community-based effort.
    Women Advocacy Radio is asking good will individuals and organizations to donate to this project to buy a specially designed Radio Station (with AM, SW, FM capabilities) that can also cover at least 43,000 Sq. miles (a size of Tennessee). Such a station will have a positive impact. Equally so, all other programming to one radio can educate a whole village. In 2010, Women Advocacy Radio was given radio frequency (103.5 FM) to operate in Liberia but is still in the process or looking for broadcasting equipment to begin it is program. Women Advocacy Radio will be happy for friends and donors to donate to help the women and children in Liberia.

  12. Lechindem F says:

    Dear your initiative is very flexible, we will fill in the application hoping to transform our network members organizations in Cameroon found in very local communities to global communication with other activist.
    Lechindem Fides
    Executive Director- Inter-Confessional AIDS Network Cameroon

  13. Soraj Shahi says:

    We are running programme especially in jumla one of the most remote parts on Nepal.Here, mostly we are working in the field of poverty alleviation, disable people,education and tourism promotion and development in this region.Now at this era the villagers have no access of modern means such as computer education, libraries and internet facilities. So,this year we (RCDS) strategy will be working for the preparation and make libraries in the school lying in the rural areas of jumla and establish the communication center in each VDC of jumla excluding chandanath and mahat vdc. So, presently we are searching for the people and organisation who support for financially or either their volunteer in the organisation. So I hope support from all you fellows who are working for the development of peace, equitable and harmonious society in world.


    Program Manager

  14. Chilombo Theophister says:

    I would to work with you and see what can bring out for the youths here in zambia

  15. Julius Moses Omondi Odhiambo says:

    Do your organization fund up to Kenyan organization. if so i would like to know if the organization can help us implement the programme of advocacy and more so on the disability project.

  16. Rev.N.M.Lall says:

    Dear in christ,
    Our Eternity Charitable Trust working for the deserving people especially slum poor students and widows and destitutes.To present computer training including internet training to slum people we are in need of funds. Kindly help us to help others.

    for Eternity charitable Trust

    Chairman,Rev. N.M.Lall