MVA grants and partnerships

The MVA Forward program supports independent media outlets around the world to compete more effectively for audiences and revenues, through direct support and funding, as well as partnership and collaboration with a range of media support organizations.

The MVA team is constantly looking for new opportunities to engage with and assist independent media organizations and those that support them. There are many ways we do this, including offering grants to selected applicants. Whether or not you are seeking funding to support your organization, we encourage you to review our Annual Program Statement (APS), which describes all the ways we engage. Please download that document here:

 MVA Annual Program Statement (APS)

Please access a Microsoft Word file of the concept note template section of the APS here.

 

Funding categories

And consider responding by June 3, 2025 to join a growing number of independent media, support organizations and solution providers in partnering with the MVA.

  • All completed funding applications as well as funding-related enquiries should be directed to [email protected].
  • Questions submitted related to the APS will be published anonymously (with a response) in the ‘Frequently asked questions‘ section below, to serve as an informational resource to all applicants.
  • Dedicated online Q & A sessions on funding and partnership opportunities are scheduled for Wednesday 12th June at 6.00 am and 10.00 am Eastern Time.
  • Media outlets with access to the MVA should go in to the MVA platform to sign up for these sessions.
  • Media support and technology organizations without access to the MVA platform should email [email protected], in order to receive a registration link for the funding and partnership information sessions.

MVA Forward will provide direct funding to as many local and Independent Media outlets in the global majority as possible – reaching a diverse geography, language, audience, etc. Media will use these funds to help them reach new audiences and find new revenues. We’re looking for organizations that are actively using the MVA Platform to identify viability strategies, and are ready to take creative steps to improve. Independent media outlets should be users of the MVA platform.

 

To help this platform reach a diverse, global audience of media outlets, this APS seeks to identify Media Support Organizations that wish to coordinate with the project and incorporate the platform into their own programs that assist Independent Media. For this category, applicants should maximize their support to the types of organizations that fall into Category A.

 

The MVA platform will also support media outlets to access assistance by creating an online ‘marketplace’ of services, tools, technologies and support. To make a wide variety of these services available, this APS seeks to identify ‘Solution Providers that are interested in developing, adapting and offering these tools via the platform. The proposed Solutions will be evaluated primarily on how well they address the needs of Category A organizations.

 

It is possible to apply in more than one category. Also, organizations may move from one category to another in subsequent applications. For example, a Category A organization could take the lessons they learned from one subgrant and use those lessons to develop a Solution under Category C under the next round of funding.

Frequently asked questions

It is possible to apply in more than one category. Also, organizations may move from one category to another in subsequent applications. For example, a Category A organization could take the lessons they learned from one subgrant and use those lessons to develop a Solution under Category C under the next round of funding.

Dedicated online Q & A sessions on funding and partnership opportunities are scheduled for Wednesday 12th June at 6.00 am and 10.00 am Eastern Time

  • Media outlets with access to the MVA should go in to the MVA platform to sign up for these sessions.
  • Media support and technology organizations without access to the MVA platform should email [email protected], in order to receive a registration link for the funding and partnership information sessions.

These information sessions will be conducted in English. If you wish to send in a question regarding grants and partnerships in another language, please write to [email protected] and we will endeavour to respond to you. We will also post the question and answer anonymously on this page.  

As per the APS, you must be registered in a target country. There is one exception for media registered in a non-target country, and that is for those operating in exile from a target country where they cannot register. By “Target Country” we mean any country categorized by the World Bank as a low, lower middle, or upper middle income country according to its gross national income per capita. A current list of these countries is available here. Target countries also include countries receiving USAID assistance, through a bilateral, nonpresence or regional program.  Greater weight will be given towards media in countries with greater challenges maintaining an independent media sector.

Please note that this only applies to organizations applying for funding in Categories B & C. Organizations applying in category A have a ceiling of $25,000 in funding and therefore do not need a UEI. For those Category B & C that are applying for more than $25,000, any such “entity” can apply to receive a UEI number from www.sam.gov. As indicated here, an entity can include (but is not limited to): individuals, corporations, non-profits, partnerships, sole proprietors, joint ventures, local governments, and institutions of higher education. Entities can be located in the U.S. or in other countries. Further guidance on how to get a UEI can be found here.