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Announcing the New 2013 Rising Voices Microgrant Competition

UPDATE: The microgrant competition has ended – you can learn more about this year's grantees HERE.

Do you have an idea for a project that would help your local community use citizen media to tell their own story? Do you need funding and support in making that idea become a reality?

Since 2007, Rising Voices has sought to support individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and organizations committed to helping their local communities participate more fully in the digital online space. By providing funding and mentoring to small-scale projects around the world, Rising Voices has supported 35 citizen media outreach projects located in all corners of the globe. These projects have helped local leaders bring new and underrepresented voices into the global digital conversation in order to tell their own stories or bring to light issues important to their own communities.


Beginning with the 2013 round of microgrant funding, Rising Voices has developed a new platform where applicants can publicly share their ideas with the broader community. This open process can enable greater opportunities to seek feedback and to help facilitate connections between groups located in the same geographic area or working around the same issue. We feel that this new way of sharing ideas will have a positive effect on the global community that shares the common goal of a more inclusive and diverse digital online space.

Once again, we will provide up to five microgrants in the amount of $USD 2,500-4,000 to successful applicants that have demonstrated a strong and clear idea how to best provide training and ongoing support to their local community members. Selected grantee projects will join the Rising Voices community of projects and be featured prominently across the Global Voices network.


Rising Voices seeks project proposals that share our mission of bringing voices from new communities, as well as underrepresented language groups to the online global conversation through the use of participatory citizen media. The project's primary activities should be to provide citizen media training workshops to the target community, as well vital ongoing support and mentoring. Please see our roster of current and alumni grantee projects for examples of previously funded projects.

Examples of potential projects may include:

  • Organizing a citizen media “boot camp” with experienced local bloggers to train and mentor participants from underrepresented communities that will result in a local network of support.
  • Working with an indigenous community to teach and encourage new generations to begin to use Twitter to connect with others as a way to preserve and promote their native language online.
  • Partnering with a local library with a computer lab to invite community members to discuss local problems and solutions, and train them how to create a group blog to take these conversations to the wider community.
  • Organizing a series of digital photography group walks where residents can document life in their community together and create an online Flickr photography exhibit.
  • Teaching local residents to record and edit audio recordings on Audacity for a community podcast that can be uploaded online, as well as distributed to local radio stations for a wider reach.

Project ideas are not limited to these, and we encourage you to be creative, yet realistic in your proposals. See the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

To apply, please visit the “Submit a Proposal” page, where you will find short questions that will enable you to outline your project plans. Please note that there is a character-limit for each answer (not word-limit).


The competition will follow the following timeline process:

First Round – Applicants submit their initial proposal via the online platform. Once the proposal has been published, we invite applicants to share their proposal with their networks, as a way to solicit comments and input from others. Please note that there is an option for applicants to keep their proposal private if there are security concerns.

All of the proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of members from the Global Voices community, including past microgrant recipients.

Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 at 23:59 Monday, March 4 at 23:59 GMT

Second Round – The selection committee will choose a shortlist of finalists, who will then be invited to submit a longer and more detailed proposal including budget, timeline, and additional detailed information. These finalists will also have the option to submit additional multi-media, such as a user-created video or photographs to help the committee make a final decision.

Winners will be announced by March 31 (subject to change based on the number of proposals to be reviewed).

Please feel free to ask questions by leaving a comment or by sending an email through the Contact Form.

Good luck!



    Notre territoire est situé à la frontière entre la RD Congo et le Barundi, ici un conflit ouvert oppose les Bafulero au Barundi les Bambembe aux Banyamulenge. Nous voudrions lancer une journée culturelle folklorique seront inviter les quatre groupes tribaaux pour venir s’emouvoir, chanter et danser. Les télévisons locales, les radios et les différentes autorités locales, notabilités coutumières et mutualités des différentes tributs présentes dans la sité d’Uvira seront invité. Notre slogan est “VIVONS LA COMMUNIONS” Ceci sera une action qui permettra à tous les groupes en dissention à pouvoir s’exprimer et cela sera suivi par des messages de consolidation de la paix par chaque groupe

    • I wish to request that you consider those areas that have had no opportunities to see what a computer looks like. Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Center in Uganda is seeking to demystify the computer to a disadvantaged poor rural community by first giving both young and old members of the community some basic training in the use of computer before they can go to such things as “use of twitter” or creation of group blog. KINDLY ASSIST US!

      Justin N. Kiyimba OR

  • Fundacion Pridec

    Muy interesante la convocatoria de microbecas Rising Voices, saludos desde la provincia de EL ORO-ECUADOR

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  • Hello friends,
    Hope the grant will make the people around the village particularly those who have never heard things like those.Like me I am from the village where the people do not know even the twitter or facebook is.
    So this will open the mind to share things with their fellow in the world by presenting their matters in their languages then be shared around the world in another language.

  • Rising Voices is good forum as well as program of bringing voices from new communities, as well as underrepresented language groups to the online global conversation through the use of participatory citizen media. This might be very helpful bringing the marginalized people of different communities in mainstreaming.

  • moses

    i think this is a good innovation because there are so many communities that have been neglected or left behind by some governments in terms of development programmes especially in Africa this plat form will go an extra mile in addressing the challenges in these marginalised communities

    Moses East Africa

  • [...] everything you need to know about submitting an application in English [...]

  • Raising Voice is way to express the voice of voiceless

  • Raising Voice is the tool for promotion of right to freedom of express of individual and collective adn democracy . it is really a part of Human rights with dignity of marginalised or voiceless.e.g Dalits of India,women and other disadvantage section.lets spport and explore it with solidarity.

  • When and how I can get results that my application has been selected primarily or not for second round.

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