Proposed project must focus on promoting professionalism and independence in media in one of the following ways:
• Journalism training, to include basic reporting skills, environmental reporting, business and economics reporting, investigative reporting, and other specialized reporting skills.
• Media advocacy, to include education on the value of professional media, development of media legislation, community outreach, and training in issues related to free media.
• Institutional development of media and media-related institutions, to include support for equipment and operational costs.
• Must be a private nongovernmental organization based solely in Africa or Asia.
In lieu of a formal application or proposal, IREX requests that interested organizations submit a brief letter of inquiry, of no more than two pages, to help determine whether the proposed project would address IREX’s present interests.
The letter should include:
• A description of the project proposed.
• The purpose of the project for which funds are being requested.
• Problems and issues the proposed project will address.
• Information about the organization conducting the project.
Estimated total project cost and a list of major expenses (not to exceed US$10,000).
• Period of time for which funds are requested.
Inquiry letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis and if they meet IREX’s current interests, the grant seeker will be asked to submit a formal proposal.