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Rising Voices Seeks Micro-grant Proposals for Blog Outreach

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Application Deadline: June 15, 2007risingvoices1.jpgRising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices [1], is now accepting project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects.Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own.As the internet becomes more accessible to more people, as computers become cheaper, and as software applications move from the desktop to the web, the so-called digital divide seems to be narrowing. In its place, however, we see a participation gap in which the vast majority of blogs, podcasts, and online video are being produced in middle-class neighborhoods in major cities around the world.Rising Voices aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the conversational web, by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities.Examples of potential projects include:

The sky is the limit, but unfortunately funding is not. Rising Voices outreach grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Please be as thoughtful, specific, and realistic as possible when drafting your budgets.Successful projects will be prominently featured on Global Voices [1].Completed applications will be accepted no later than Friday, June 15.

Please email them to outreach@globalvoicesonline.orgDownload grant application in .DOC format [4]Download grant application in .RTF format [4]

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below or by sending an email to outreach@globalvoicesonline.org