2013 Rising Voices Micro-grant Competition: Apply!

Deadline: March 1 2013

Do you have an idea for a project that would help your local community use citizen media to tell their own story? Do you need funding and support in making that idea become a reality? Rising Voices Microgrant is for you!

Rising Voices is looking to support individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and organizations committed to helping their local communities participate more fully in the digital online space. They will provide funding and mentoring to small-scale projects around the world.

Since 2007, Rising Voices has supported 35 citizen media outreach projects located in all corners of the globe. These projects have helped local leaders bring new and underrepresented voices into the global digital conversation in order to tell their own stories or bring to light issues important to their own communities.

Beginning with the 2013 round of microgrant funding, Rising Voices has developed a new platform where applicants can publicly share their ideas with the broader community. This open process can enable greater opportunities to seek feedback and to help facilitate connections between groups located in the same geographic area or working around the same issue.

Grant Detail

  • Five microgrants in the amount of $USD 2,500-4,000 would be provided to successful applicants that have demonstrated a strong and clear idea how to best provide training and ongoing support to their local community members.
  • Selected grantee projects will join the Rising Voices community of projects and be featured prominently across the Global Voices network.


Rising Voices seeks project proposals that share their mission of bringing voices from new communities, as well as underrepresented language groups to the online global conversation through the use of participatory citizen media. The project’s primary activities should be to provide citizen media training workshops to the target community, as well as vital ongoing support and mentoring.


Please see their roster of current and alumni grantee projects for examples of previously funded projects. Project ideas are not limited to those. Rising Voices encourages you to be creative, yet realistic in your proposals. See the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

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