CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MEDIA Small Grants Pool, Indonesia

Request for Applications: Bahasa Indonesia | English

Expression of Interest (Bahasa Indonesia & English)

Internews’ USAID-funded MEDIA project is calling on media organizations, NGOs, and community groups in Indonesia to apply for funding to improve the physical and digital safety of women journalists, pilot new public-interest media initiatives or kick-start their formal operations.

This Small Grants Pool aims to broaden the scope and partnership to achieve the goal and objectives of USAID MEDIA in Indonesia. The goal of MEDIA is to increase the availability of and access to quality information towards strengthening democratic accountability and reducing the risk of conflict. 


  1. Thematic Grants ranging from $15,000 to $24,900 are available for activities that contribute to the physical and digital safety of women journalists. These can include:
  • Research and recommendations on gender-based violence (physical and digital) against journalist, including data gathering, desk-based research, and participatory assessments.
  • Campaigns and advocacy on physical and digital safety for women journalists
  • Development of modules and safety protocols for women and/or LGBTIQ journalists
  • Training for women and/or LGBTIQ journalists on safety protocol
  • Psychosocial support, legal advocacy and/or campaigns for journalists who are victims of gender-based violence (physical and digital)
  1. Seed Funding Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 are available to support new and emerging media organizations to pilot new initiatives or kick-start formal operations.
  • General operational capacity building (M&E, strategic management, etc.)
  • Continuing, expanding or replicating existing work
  • Obtaining legal status
  • Hiring staff

All project activities should be completed by January 2022.


Stage 1 (complete Expression of Interest Form): 15 May 2021

Stage 2 (Screening Call): Rolling / Ongoing Basis

Stage 3 (upon invitation): 31 May 2021


  1. All applicants must be local and independent organization based in Indonesia with an annual operating budget of less than 150,000 USD including:
  • Media organizations and platforms (including radio, social media, podcast etc), including new or upcoming media. Must demonstratecommitment to public-interest media. 
  • Organizations founded and led by youth, women, LGBT people, marginalized groups etc are preferred.
  • NGOs or community groups working on gender and social inclusion.
  1. Applicants do not require legal registration but must have been operating for at least 12 months.
  2. Internews will also consider Thematic Grant applications from a group or consortium of organizations who may wish to collaborate on an activity.
  3. Priority will be given to organizations operating in the following geographic locations: Banten, East Java, South Sulawesi, Papua, East Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, and East Kalimantan. However, we also accept organizations operating in Jakarta.


Stage 1: Complete an Expression of Interest Form online in English or Bahasa Indonesia by 15 May.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Expressions of interest are reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis from 1 May 2021 until its closing.

Stage 2: If you are eligible, you will then be invited to take part in a Screening Call with Internews to learn more about your organization and your work.

Stage 3: Following the Screening Call, applicants may then be invited to submit an Application Form by 31 May 2021. A template and list of supporting documents will be provided.


All inquiries should go to