Supporting Citizen Journalists

The Information Office (IO) in the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad, Pakistan (hereafter referred to as “IO Islamabad”), is pleased to announce a competition for an assistance award through the Public Diplomacy Grants program.


S. Embassy Islamabad invites eligible organizations (see Eligibility Requirements) to submit proposals that provide training to citizen journalists through the award program specified in this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Program activities will take place in the major cities of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

The program aims to expand the digital media skills and capacity of citizen journalists, working to build and support an open, democratic, and prosperous society in AJK and GB.

The proposals should conceptualize how the training program will equip citizen journalists to fill the gaps in information in areas with poor infrastructure, lack of access to technology and traditional media sources, and limited economies.

The program will aim to equip budding citizen journalists with the broad-based journalism skills needed to report accurately and ethically.

The target audiences of this program are citizen journalists or startups using personal websites, blogs, microblogs, YouTube Channels, or social media.

Proposals have a funding floor of $25,000 and a funding ceiling of $100,00 0. Proposals should cover a one-year period of performance and clearly outline all training activities in the major cities of AJK and GB.

Review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for a complete list of requirements.
Related Programs

Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Department of State

Agency: Department of State

Office: U.S. Mission to Pakistan

Estimated Funding: $100,000

Who's Eligible

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U.S.Embassy New Delhi

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligibility is open to international and Pakistan-based non-profit organizations.

Organizations may sub-award or sub-contract with other entities, but only one non-profit organization can be the prime recipient of the award.

Pakistan government entities are not eligible to apply.

For-profit entities are not eligible to be the prime recipient of an award under this NOFO.

When sub-awarding or sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

The applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g.

proof of 501(c) (3) status, Pakistan NGO license).

Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered for an award.

Individuals are not eligible for an award under this NOFO.

U.S.-based or registered organizations should provide proof of registration to operate in Pakistan or have a documented agreement with a partner organization registered to operate in Pakistan.

Please refer to Section D for funding restrictions.

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