Cultural Survival: Call for Proposals for Indigenous Community Radio Grants Project

Organisation: Cultural Survival

Apply By:  18/10/2018

Cultural Survival has announced its third Call for Proposals for projects in Indigenous community radio. The Indigenous Community Media Grants Project is part of Cultural Survival’s Community Media Program, with a goal to empower Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-led community radio as a platform to inform, entertain, educate, and organize according to their own needs and collective interests as communities.


The aim for the Indigenous Community Media Grants Project is to strengthen the impact and influence of community radio stations at the local and regional levels in their work towards the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, languages, histories, philosophies, rights, the protection of ancestral territories and natural resources, and the promotion of women’s leadership.


Funding Information:

The maximum funds available for projects are $8000.00 USD.


Types of Project:


Funds can be solicited for projects based on the needs of the community and Cultural Survival is open to innovative projects. Cultural Survival is interested in, but not limited to, the following types of projects:

  • Legal processes to access radio frequencies for Indigenous community stations.
  • Institutional development at the radio stations including: strategic planning, development of a board of directors, development of environmental policies, gender policies, design and implementation of evaluation and monitoring systems.
  • Capacity building in technical skills in radio: production, investigative journalism, maintenance of radio equipment.
  • Evaluation of the radio stations reach and the impact of radio programs in the community.
  • Development of radio content on topics related to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, development of news, Indigenous women’s rights, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights, public debates.
  • Radio equipment (limited to 30% of total grant budget).
  • Community organizing related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights with radio as the main means to reach the community.
  • Community Radios mentoring or training other community radios.



  • Indigenous community radio stations from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nepal, Northern India, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are eligible to apply to this round of funding.
  • Projects will be selected based on their creativity, self-sustainability, vision, and work regarding Indigenous rights and culture. The projects are to be completed in a period of 6 and 10 months and demonstrate how it will change an issue or a need within the radio and/or the community. Preference will be given to community radios that broadcast in Indigenous languages.


For more information, please visit Indigenous Community Radio Grants Project.