Support for Non-governmental Organizations to Combat Disinformation and Malign Narratives Spread via Social and Traditional Media 287 views

Ukraine: Support for non-governmental organizations to combat disinformation and malign narratives spread via social and traditional media in Ukraine

Opportunity Background

Original Closing Date for Applications
Jul 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM EDT

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announces a call for grant proposals for non-governmental organizations to combat disinformation and malign narratives spread via social and traditional media in Ukraine. Funded projects will сover the following areas:

  • Empowering citizen activists, non-governmental organizations, media, and others to combat malign narratives and disinformation. Projects could involve recruiting, training and facilitating the work of activists, media, volunteers and civil society organizations to more assertively combat disinformation. Projects should, where possible, propose active coordination with other organizations engaged in similar efforts and use data analytical tools to guide their engagement when possible.
  • Increasing the use of data analytical tools to identify, monitor and respond to disinformation. Such tools are increasing in use, though many organizations are still relying on manual, Internet search-engine based methods of identifying disinformation. Tools could be used to speed identification of malign narratives and disinformation, geographically and temporally identify narratives and pieces of disinformation, and map networks by which narratives are propagated. Proposals could also propose training others in the use of such tools, describe innovative ways of using data analytical tools, propose ways of sharing information, train others in the use of data analytical tools, or provide access to such tools by the public, media, government, or other organizations. Proposals should also demonstrate that organizations have capacity to analyze information identified via data analytical tools and explain how dissemination to organizations, media, government bodies, international partners, the public or others will take place.
  • Coordinating the actions of volunteers, activists, media, non-governmental organizations and others. The number of organizations in Ukraine engaged in combatting disinformation has proliferated recently. Proposals could assist in the coordination of these organizations with each other and with media, government and donor organizations. Organizations with proven track records and credibility in the field will be more favorably reviewed.
  • Providing training, technical assistance and advisory services to government bodies.
  • Conducting outreach to specific Ukrainian audiences in an effort to reduce their vulnerability to disinformation, misinformation, and malign narratives. Such audiences should be carefully and explicitly defined in the proposals. Outreach should rely on relevant narratives, where possible defined by data analysis provided by organizations involved Project proposals may include sub-grants for additional organizations. Organizations that propose sub-granting should demonstrate strong capacity (human resources and technical) that would make this project component effective. Organizations with a strong track record working in Ukraine will be more favorably reviewed. Proposed projects should also demonstrate sustainability after their completion.

Opportunity Structure

FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 6-12 months

Number of awards anticipated: 1-10, pending availability of funds

Award amounts: Usually: Award Floor: $40k, Award Ceiling: $150k.

Total available funding: $700,000

Type of Funding: FY20 Foreign Assistance Funds

Anticipated program start date: September 30, 2021 or earlier if possible.

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

Competitive Scope

ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

Eligible Applicants

  • Non-governmental organizations.

Cost Sharing or Matching

  • Cost sharing is not required.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible organizations and their members may not represent any political party or serve as appointed or elected public officials at the time of application or for the duration of the grant. Non-governmental organizations, which belong to and/or are financially supported by any political party, are not eligible to apply.
  • Eligible organizations may not make any expenditures with their own funds on behalf of candidates, political parties, party coalitions, or their representatives.
  • Grant money cannot contribute to any political campaigns or offset the expense of contributing to any political campaign.
  • Eligible organizations may not publish or communicate anything that explicitly favors or opposes any political candidate, political party, or party coalition.
  • Application to or receipt of funds from this competition does not disqualify any organization from competing for other U.S. government funds.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy

4, Igor Sikorsky St., Kyiv 04112

Tel.: (044) 521 57 66; 521 51 49

Fax: (044) 521 51 55

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