Back to news

NEW! Local Reforms Coverage Grants Competition


Producing engaging content on reforms, including decentralization and life of local communities

March 2019

Internews’ Media Program in Ukraine (MPU), a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), invites Ukrainian media organizations, media outlets and civil society organizations to submit project proposals to the Local Quality Media Coverage Grants Competition.

Internews will support projects that contribute to the Media Program objective of increasing high-quality, engaging content throughout Ukraine, particularly in the East and South, with a special focus on reforms, including decentralization, and useful information for the life of local communities, with a goal to:

• Increase and improve local coverage of key national reforms to bolster public debate on state policies through media; 

• Increase the variety of high-quality, balanced journalistic materials;

• Help debunk the Kremlin-led disinformation campaign on Ukraine’s inability to implement legitimate reforms. 

Ukraine has seen an unprecedented increase in the passing of reform legislation across a raft of critical issues, including decentralization, police, healthcare, justice, media, energy, land, and retirement. At the same time, the reform process has stalled in some areas and would benefit from solutions-oriented, constructive media coverage. 

This grants competition is a focused but flexible mechanism that provides opportunities to design innovative, experimental short-term projects. Grantees should demonstrate plans for soliciting the opinions of and/or reaching out to women and minority groups. Project selection will be based on applicants’ ability to demonstrate concrete achievements that show impact in the media sector.

The average amount of awarded grants will be around US$35,000 for projects of up to six-months’ duration but larger proposals will be considered if concepts, budgets and time-lines are well justified.

Proposed projects may include (but are not limited to) the following illustrative activities:

• Production of balanced professional multimedia content that engages with audiences and seeks to foster effective public debate on policy issues.

• Showing actual progress of reforms and its impact on the lives of local communities across Ukraine to enhance citizens’ awareness of reforms.

• Designing and implementing honest communication campaigns about the targets, steps, problems, mistakes and achievements in reform process.

• Carrying out activities to help media engage the public to ensure full and effective implementation of the country’s reform process.

• Training journalists in how to cover the reform process and issues of importance to local communities in ways that promote public engagement.

• Cross-regional exchanges to learn about how reforms are working in other regions, and share knowledge.

• Collaboration with/engagement of independent reforms’ experts (including from the Reanimation Package of Reforms coalition and other independent organizations).

Grant Proposal Writing Instructions:

All proposals should be submitted in Times New Roman, 12 point, single space; in both languages – Ukrainian and English. The proposal structure includes the following sections:

I.  Cover Page – 1 page

This page should contain the following information:

A. Project Title

B. Brief Project Description.  In one paragraph, clearly and concisely summarize your project (!)

C. Organization.  Name and contact information – mailing address, e-mail, phone, cell phone and website

D. Project Coordinator.  Full name and contact information – e-mail and cell phone

E. An additional contact person who will follow the project’s progress.  Full name and contact information – e-mail and cell phone

F. Project Duration (in months)

G. Amount Requested from MPU; in USD

H. Your organization’s cost share contribution (10% of the amount requested from MPU) in USD.

II. Program Description – 5 Pages Maximum

A. Description of project goals and objectives connected to MPU objectives

B. Activities to achieve project goals

C. Expected results, outcomes, outputs and project impact

D. Monitoring and evaluation tools and indicators

E. Timetable (monthly) that explains project logic and implementation

F. Partners

G. Organization background – two paragraphs maximum

III. Budget – Excel Format – Must Use Attached Template

The budget should describe major expense categories that show clear cost-effectiveness. The suggested cost share should be no less that 10 percent of the requested sum of the grant. Justification for each cost (budget line) should be inserted to the right of the tab.


IV. Capacity and Previous Experience in Project Implementation – No More Than One Page:

A. Business or Project Management Experience

B. Previous Grants Received

Internews encourages newly established organizations to submit proposals.  If your organization is new to media project implementation, please refer to other relevant projects you have carried out, indicating the competence of primary employees and consultants to be responsible for implementing the proposed project.

Deadline: Project proposals, in English or Ukrainian, marked “USAID-Internews Local Quality Media Coverage” to be submitted no later than April 12, 18:00 (Kyiv time). 

Proposals should be sent electronically to

Telephone enquiries can be made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 till 15:00 at this number: (067) 119.81.73.

Proposal Evaluation

Proposals which do not correspond to MPU’s priority activities and requirements will not be considered.

A jury of independent experts will evaluate all proposals, compile a short list and select the winners. Please, note that only shortlisted and winning applicants will be contacted.

Internews may contact an applicant organization if any additional information regarding the submitted proposal is required.

Please note the project consideration process can take one calendar month.

All awards are subject to available funding and USAID approval.

Grant Selection Criteria

Each proposal will receive an appropriate number of points according to the following criteria:

1. The cost share is no less that 10 percent of the requested amount.

2. The proposal offers an innovative approach for achieving the Media Program in Ukraine’s priorities.

3. The project can achieve expected results in the referenced period of time.

4. Recommended types of activities make achieving expected results possible.

5. The applicant demonstrates sufficient technical skills, experience and capacity to achieve the proposed activities.

6. The project budget is reasonable and cost effective.