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Supporting Investigative Journalism (Iraqi Kurdistan Region)

Organisation: U.S. Department of State

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: $35,000 to $50,000

Deadline: 12/06/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    – Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
    – Private and public educational institutions; and
    – Public international organisations.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target country: Iraqi Kurdistan Region, with particular emphasis on Sheikhan and Halabja governorate, as well as Kirkuk governorate
  • Application language: English

The U.S. Consulate General Erbil of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to support investigative and independent journalism in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Few media outlets or freelance journalists in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have the resources to conduct investigative journalism, the practice of which is important to bringing more transparency to governance, the economy, and society, indirectly improving good governance indicators, and creating opportunities for public and government discussion which may ultimately help resolve social, economic, or political issues in the region.

The goal of this program is to increase the overall number of non-partisan investigative journalism articles or stories published in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, bolstering the ability of Iraqi Kurdish media to inform the public about issues of import that may not already be covered by mainstream media.

Participants and Audiences:

Target audiences receiving sub-awards should have at least two years of full-time experience as working journalists. The minimum amount of sub-awards shall be two.

The program would entail a jury of highly experienced Kurdish journalists providing financial awards to journalists or media outlets in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (and Kirkuk governorate) based on a clear and transparent application process, with specific, measurable criteria used to evaluate those applications.

See here to learn more and apply.

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