Rising Voices would like to thank everyone for their interest in the 2012 open call for proposals for citizen media outreach projects. This year we received 1175 proposals from over 120 countries with many great and innovative ideas for engaging communities with online citizen media. This is a significant increase from last year when we received 755 proposals from 90 countries.
Over the next six weeks, we'll be carefully reviewing each proposal with our selection committee. Shortlisted finalists will be contacted sometime in late February. We will also contact all applicants that have not been selected. Due to the high volume of applications, the anticipated announcement for the winners will now be mid-March.
We are delighted with the widespread interest in bringing citizen media to underrepresented communities around the world. Around 95% of the proposals were from first-time applicants, meaning most are new to the work of Rising Voices. We strive to be a resource for organizations and individuals like you who wish to bring digital participatory media to their communities. We share news of competitions, contests, funding opportunities, tutorials, and examples of outreach initiatives. We also try to feature the work of other organizations and individuals working in local underrepresented communities around the world to bring the benefits of citizen media to more people.
We hope that you continue to stay in touch and become a part of the Rising Voices community. There are several ways to do so:
- Read and participate on the Rising Voices blog  for news about grantees, case studies of projects, and news from our working groups. (Please leave a comment if there is something you find interesting).
- Join the Rising Voices mailing list  where we share links and news about external funding opportunities and resources for those interested in citizen media in developing countries.
- Follow us on Twitter (Please say hello! @risingvoices ).
- Follow us on Facebook  (Let us know on our wall that you applied for the microgrant! We'd love to hear from you).
Thanks again for your interest and best of luck!