RV Newsletter: Application closing soon for the Indigenous Community Media Fund


Rising Voices note: Our monthly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access to and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways and opportunities for communities to fully participate online. Read here for previous editions of this newsletter.

How are you doing so far in the new year, dear readers?

For those who are working with Indigenous community radio stations and other media outlets, we’d highly encourage that you take a look at the Indigenous Community Media Fund —  if you haven’t got the chance.  This funding opportunity is an initiative from Cultural Survival, aiming to support local efforts for the thriving and sustaining of Indigenous community-controlled media.  Further details, along with eligibility requirements, can be found here and are available in Spanish, French, and Portuguese as well.

Application due: February 15, 2023


Have you had a chance to watch the sequel of Black Panther, released late last year?  In this issue, we’d love to share with you a reflection of a Maya-speaker upon viewing how his people were represented in this mainstream production.  → “Indigenous and proud: A Maya-speaker’s reaction to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Meanwhile, with the January posts of our Digital Security + Language series, we invite you to learn more about challenges and needs faced by various minority language communities from different parts of the world, when it comes to digital safety and security.


Young but ready to do some good for your Canadian Indigenous community?  We Matter hears you and would like to help you fulfill your aspirations with their #IndigenousYouthRise Support Fund.  Further details and application guidelines can be found here.  Application due: March 3, 2023

For those dedicated to language documentation/revitalization and/or linguistics fieldwork: Endangered Language Fund wants to support you in keeping languages from disappearing.  You can find relevant information here — along with that of several supplemental funding opportunities — and submit an application here.  Application due: March 17, 2023

If you are working with nonprofits and NGOs that seek to address critical social problems through tech solutions, Cisco is with you.  They would love to show their support in your endeavor by way of their Global Impact Cash Grants.  Application is open all year round and you can see here as to how to kick off the process.


Interested in a fellowship on repressive internet censorship and surveillance, instead?  You should probably check out this Information Controls Fellowship opportunity, as offered by the Open Technology Fund.  Application due: Feb 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (GMT)


The AFD Digital Challenge, on the other hand, focuses on digital projects promoting inclusive access to cultural and creative contents of African heritages.  Further details can be found here on their website.  Application due: February 24, 2023


For event-goers, the Mother Tongue Film Festival is here!  This free event is organized by the Smithsonian and will take place in Washington, DC this year.  You should enjoy it if you like films, cultural/linguistic diversity, and whatnot.  Date: February 23–26, 2023  Note: Advance registration is highly recommended

And it’s almost time for the 2023 MozFest, too!  Do you care for a healthy internet for humanity?  You will find your virtual community here.  Tickets are available at various rates, including a MozFest Virtual pass at a Pay What You Can rate.  Date: March 20–24, 2023



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Thanks to Eddie Avila and Ameya Nagarajan for contributions to this newsletter.

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