- Eligibility: We encourage teams of individuals, freelancers, and professionals who are passionate about media, such as journalists, editors, NGO representatives, IT developers, and designers to come up with innovative ideas. We strongly encourage partnerships with media outlets or media organizations for joint applications, and to include young and creative professionals in each team.
- Funding amount: Within the $5,000 USD limit
- Type of funding: Grant
- Target countries: BiH, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia or Kosovo
- Application languages: English
USAID’s Balkan Media Assistance Program (BMAP), implemented by Internews in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), is releasing an open call for applications for participation in the third Media Innovation Lab, slated for November 17-20, 2020.
The Media Innovation Lab is an annual event that provides a creative, collaborative space where media professionals, designers, technologists, and others can come together to develop localized tools and projects that will help tackle challenges facing digital media across the Balkan region. This year’s Innovation Lab theme will be: Reporting Ethically During a Pandemic.
During the four days of the Lab, five selected projects will have the opportunity to work intensively on developing their ideas for innovative projects related to the Lab theme with the guidance of top-notch regional mentors. The Media Innovation Lab will gather lead experts in the field and provide different perspectives, teach new skills, and inspire participants to tackle new challenges! On the last day, participants will present their projects to a jury for a chance to receive seed funding of up to $5,000 USD to further develop their prototypes and ideas after the event into full-fledged tools and projects that can be rolled out for use by media across the region. Three projects will receive seed funding.
Read more about the project here.