Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge Grant ApplicationICFJ Logo

Application deadline: November 11, 2018.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

What is the nationality of your core team?
Give us the primary email addresses for your contact person
Give us the phone numbers for the primary contact person on your team. Please include the country dialing code.
Is your proposal affiliated with an organization? This could be an established company or non-profit, or it could be a new start-up that you are establishing for the purposes of this application.

If you answered no, then you must include a line item in your proposed budget to pay for someone you will hire who can serve as a translator. It is vital that ICFJ and MDI be able to correspond with you throughout the entirety of this program.

Tell us the format of your project, such as mobile app, video/documentary, videogame, audio, still photography, multimedia, etc.
Tell us what regional audiences your project will reach.
Give us your elevator pitch. Tell us, in no more than 20 words, what your project intends to do.
Give us a more detailed description about what your project does, how it will work, and why your approach will succeed.
The Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge is designed to help Eurasia’s Russian-language media develop innovative and entertaining ways to provide quality news and information coverage. Tell us how your project tackles some of the challenges facing Eurasian media in providing quality coverage to key audiences.
Tell us, in no more than 100 words, who will be involved in your core team. Give the names and experience (with URLs if available) of team members, and explain why they are the ideal team to make your project successful.
Tell us where your project will be published and publicized and who are the people you intend to reach with your project?
ICFJ and MDI are providing seed funding to help kickstart new approaches or ventures. Even our largest grants will, realistically, only be part of what you need to succeed. So tell us in no more than 50 words what success looks like for your project.
All our grants, even our largest prizes up to $100,000, are for a limited period. So tell us how you will ensure that your project outlives and outlasts the initial grant from ICFJ and MDI. What is your sustainability plan?
The Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge will award grants of between $5,000 and $100,000, depending on the operational requirements of the project and the merits of the idea. How much are you requesting from the Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge?
Must use budget template found here: 
Applicants may already have some funding or other resources for their projects; or may want to secure other sources to ensure sustainability. If your project has support from elsewhere, tell us what your total project cost is and where you will find the rest of the funding.
Tell us how long it will take to develop your idea into a tangible project that can be tested in the real-world. Ideal projects will be 2-12 months in length, but may vary depending on the project idea.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your project?

I, the undersigned, understand and agree that the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), as program administrator, is under no obligation to select me or any other applicant for the Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge Grant. If selected to be a participant, I will agree to the premises and conditions set forth in the following statement:

1. I understand that the program administrator may terminate my participation at any time for reasons that are regarded as detrimental to the program, to be determined at the sole discretion of the program administrator or sponsor. For example, not participating fully in program activities.

2. I will be responsible for my own passport and visa arrangements and may be asked to assist with other logistical arrangements related to my specific assignment as determined by the program administrator.


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Please be advised that applications sent via email will not be considered. 

For more information, or any questions or concerns, please e-mail Amal Azimova at