Grants for production of cross-border multimedia stories “Neighbors” within the project “Strengthening Independent Media in Europe and Eurasia”

Intrenews Georgia in partnership with Internews is implementing regional project “Strengthening Independent Media in Europe and Eurasia” which supports cross-border content production, including a regional multimedia package titled “Neighbors.” “Neighbors” provides audiences new opportunities to see how their neighbors are dealing with similar challenges.

We are looking to partner with media outlets from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus to create stories for these packages.

  1. What we are looking for?

We are looking for partners to produce packages that contains at least two stories. These stories should combine multiple content formats (e.g. video, photos, infographics, interactive maps, quizzes, and other appropriate tools). Examples of products could include longreads, documentaries, video reports, interviews, and others, and include perspective from at least two countries involved in the project. These countries are: Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia.

Each “Neighbors” package will cover a single topic of public interest (e.g. politics, elections, economics, business, environment, education, corruption, the European integration and international affairs, emigration, minorities – including people with disabilities, health, social welfare, agriculture, conflicts, and others). Applicants are free to propose story ideas they would be interested in covering.

All produced stories will be distributed by the producer and through the network of participating media if they are interested.

Media entities can submit applications in the following three formats:

  • Original cross-border production (with or without travel) 

A media entity can propose to produce stories about a common issue in two or three countries. Developments in these countries will either be integrated in all stories or each story will focus on one of the two or three countries. Stories will either be produced through extensive on-site reporting with the help of collaborators, e.g. free-lance journalists or by a team of reporters from that media that visits another country/two countries to produce stories.

A media entity will receive grants of 4,000 to 7,000 USD.

  • Dual cross-border production (matching grants)

Two candidates in two countries will receive matching grants of up to 3,000 USD each to produce stories about a common issue in their respective countries collaboratively. Funding will be awarded directly to each organization. Under this opportunity, partner media organizations or

individuals will lead reporting in their countries. In their applications, candidates have to demonstrate that they have a partner in another country. Travel for this type of grant is not needed because of the strong partnership in another country.

  • Solo production (for previous project national partners only)

 This format is only available to current or past participants of this project. These media entities can propose to adapt/enhance existing national packages supported by this project, that have regional relevance and cover themes that concern audiences in all target countries (e.g., implementing reforms, issues related to at-risk and vulnerable populations, exposing corruption, and others of interest to the media organization).

Media entities can propose to reshape and refocus these materials for multinational audiences and enrich them with new content. The production may involve on-site reporting in other countries or international reporting trips.

 These types of projects will be able to receive up to 4,000 USD.

Each package should be submitted to the “Neighbors” production team in two formats:

  • A “ready-to-go” version (includes all complete materials in a local language, all videos subtitled, in a format and quality appropriate for publication);
  • A raw/editable version (includes scripts of all videos and infographics, all videos without titles/subtitles, infographics and other materials in editable formats).
  1. Who can apply?

This solicitation is designed for media organizations and production houses; however, Internews will also accept and consider applications from qualified freelancers who can demonstrate strong capability to deliver requested project deliverables.

Every candidate may submit an application for production of up to 3 packages (one in each category – if applicable). Only past or existing project partners, which produce or have produced national multimedia packages, can apply for category 3 – Solo in-country production.

Applicants will have:

  • At least 3 years of experience in media content production;
  • Proven ability to produce journalistic materials that incorporate multiple content formats; applicants should submit published samples (infographics, videos, images, photo reports, articles, quizzes, etc.);
  • Experience of working in other countries or with partners located in other countries will be a great advantage;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under the pressure of deadlines.
  1. How will the application be submitted?

Applications shall be emailed in Georgian language to Irina Samkharadze, project coordinator (599 55 34 98), by 15 April, 2019 at 18:00, or presented in person at the Internews Georgia office at the following address: 11 Andria Apakidze, Tiflis Business Center, Tbilisi. Application can be filled online at this link:

  1. What are the budget parameters?

The total grant pool for cross-border production grants (in all 3 categories) is 28,000 USD. Individual grants amount will be decided by the projects’ steering committee. Examples of costs that are covered by these grants include: production expenses, salaries, travel costs for the creative teams and other relevant costs.

  1. What other support can applicants expect?

The Internews regional editorial board will provide grantees production and editorial support.  Selected teams will receive additional help (ex. training on video, closer support from national editor on editing) as needed based on the proposed product and the outlet’s needs. The support will be offered remotely/online or on-site.

  1. What is expected out of successful awardee?

The selected authors will produce “Neighbors” packages in accordance with deadlines and production concepts established in partnership with organizers and project producers.

Specifically, awardees will:

  • Finalize the production concept to be approved by project producers;
  • Send creative teams (part of selected authors’ group) on a production trips to countries of interest to work on their topics (if applicable);
  • Work closely with local and regional producers/mentors of the “Neighbors” project;
  • Produce the materials (shooting and editing video; writing texts; production of infographics and other components of multimedia packages) in line with set deadlines, production concepts and branding rules of the project;
  • Submit produced materials to regional producer

Internews assume the right to publish or/and translate “Neighbors” multimedia packages and made those available for publication/broadcasting to media outlets in projects’ countries.

  1. Production Schedule

The selected authors will be given up to 3 months to prepare their packages. The order of production of materials and the deadlines will be determined in partnership with organizers after the winners are announced. Cross-border stories will be produced between March 2019 and June 2020.

  1. How does the selection work?

The competition will be held in two phases:

  • Applicants will submit a simple application form with short story pitches and explanation of which story/grant types they apply for, anticipated budget needs, partners, etc. Applications will be collected and reviewed by the local steering committee to down select a pool of applicants. Initial application will be submitted in local languages.
  • The Internews regional selection board will review applications from shortlisted candidates and invite them to submit a formal application with more detail about the proposed project, topic, budget, and requested assistance from project resources. These applications will be submitted in English.

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • The quality of the technical offer, including completion of all mandatory elements of the application (90%);
  • The quality of the financial offer (10%).

 Application Questions and Answers

  1. Do we have to air or publish our materials produced with the support of this grant as part of the “Neighbors” brand?
  2. No, you do not have air or publish your stories under the project logo and brand of “Neighbors.”


  1. Do we have editorial freedom in the production of the stories?
  2. Yes, selected media organization will produce stories about issues that are relevant to their audiences. The project team will provide technical and editorial assistance if needed.


  1. How will the packages/stories will be published?
  2. If the awardee is a media organization, it can publish the story on its own publishing platform. If the awardee is a production house or a freelancer, it can partner with another media organization to publish the content.


  1. Why is a raw/editable version of the package is required?
  2. The content – both raw and publication-ready – produced under this grant opportunity will be made available to all participating partners. These partners may republish or rebroadcast publication-ready content while others may use a few elements of raw content to integrate into their stories. This access to content will allow all participating partners access to unique content to strengthen their stories.


  1. Can a media outlet submit more than one application?
  2. Yes, a media outlet can submit up to three applications, one in each of the format detailed in the TOR (but the third category is reserved for current and former partners of this project).


  1. How will applicants be notified that they made it to the second phase of the selection process?
  2. Internews and its partners will get in touch with semi-finalists and as well as with media outlets that did not make it into the second round.


  1. Will media outlets receive support from Internews and its partners in finding and contacting media partners in other countries to submit dual projects?
  2. Internews and its partners can assist media outlets in their search of media partners in other countries.


  1. What support can Internews and its partners provide to team during the production process?
  2. Internews and its partners will not be able to assist teams logistically during their cross-border (or any other) type projects. However, it will provide editorial advice and assistance as requested.

Annex 1. Application form for first phase of the competition

Application form

Contest for selection of cross-border packages producers “Neighbors”

“Strengthening Independent Media in the Europe and Eurasia”


Name of media/entity

Address of media/entity

Telephone of media/entity

Website of media/entity

Facebook of media/entity

Other active social media (f.e. YouTube for TV channels)

Name of chief editor/director

Contacts of the chief editor/director


Name of the person responsible for the project

Mobile telephone of the person responsible for the project

E-mail of the person responsible for the project


Type of media

  •    TV
  •    Print
  •    Production
  •    Online
  •    Radio
  •    Others specify:

Ownership form

  •    NGO
  •    Private
  •    Others specify:

Geography of distribution / coverage

Presence on the media market

  •    3-5 years
  •    6 or more years
  •    Others specify:

Target audience of media

 Quantitative indicators of your media audience

  •    Average monthly visits of website (last 3 months before project start)
  •    Nr. of Facebook followers (last 3 months before project start)
  •    Circulation (for print media)
  •    Rating / share (for television and radio)
  •    Other relevant indicators

Do you produce content that employs multiple content forms? 

  •    Yes
  •    No

What kind of multimedia tools do you use?

Please provide links to the best examples of your media materials (not less than 3)

(examples of multimedia materials will be an advantage)

Which topics are most often covered by your media?


Story concepts (please specify the story format/category according to the 3 categories from TOR you are applying for). Every candidate may submit an application for production of up to 3 packages (one in each category – if applicable). Only project partners, which produce or have produced national multimedia packages, can apply for category 3 – Solo in-country production to adapt their own packages. Candidates applying for one grant will present one story pitch.

Story format/category XX: _______________________

Story pitch (description)

(Brief description of the future material. Please specify which multimedia elements could be used)

Story format/category XX: _______________________

Story pitch (description)

(Brief description of the future material. Please specify which multimedia elements could be used)

Story format/category XX: _______________________

Story pitch (description)

(Brief description of the future material. Please specify which multimedia elements could be used)

Please submit a reasonable budget, as well as description of the use to the maximum of resources available


Ways of publishing and promoting of your materials

  •      Website
  •      Social media
  •      Other

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