Express Your Challenge Grants

 

Purpose of subgrants

The implementation plan for the "Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia" (Challenge) project includes the provision of subgrants to individuals and civil society groups. Subgranting will be used to encourage and support the participation of qualified potential partners in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan to carry out research, capacity building, content development, movement building and advocacy activities that aim to defend freedom of expression and religion or belief online.

Project goal and actions

The Challenge project, funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion.

The three-year project (2019-2021) will focus on five countries in South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan – characterised by the presence of majority religious communities and challenges for secularism and pluralism. 

The Challenge project is being implemented by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) (Pakistan) and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO).

Learn more about the project and ongoing activities at: https://www.apc.org/en/project/challenge

Who should apply for a subgrant?

Individuals who are researchers, artists, documentary filmmakers, satirists or journalists from one of the five countries covered by this project. Civil society organisations that have experience in research, capacity building, campaigning or advocacy in the areas of freedom of expression and religion from one of the five countries covered by this project.

We particularly welcome women, LGBTIQ persons and organisations, atheists, religious minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for the subgrants and collaborate.

Subgranting process and selection

A total of 59 grants will be made available through the subgranting programme over a period of three years (January 2019-December 2021).

Calls for proposals will remain open throughout this period. However, the process for each year will be closed once the budget allocated for that year has been assigned to successful proposals. A grants committee, comprising APC staff and project partners, will be convened to select proposals for activities that match the objectives and priorities of each of the five complementary activity tracks for each year.

Selection of proposals will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Extent to which the proposal directly relates to the call and overall project needs.

  • Extent to which the activities and outputs are clearly defined.

  • Extent to which the target audience is clearly defined and the activities are suited to an appropriate target audience.

  • Extent to which the activities are feasible within the given timeframe.

  • Extent to which the budget proposed is reasonable and efficient.

  • Extent to which the proposal includes innovative and captivating activities.

Successful grantees will be invited to participate in the annual Challenge Camps which will bring together artists, human rights defenders, trainers, APC members and co-implementers of the project. At the Challenge Camps, grantees will have the opportunity to plan activities, network, build their capacity and strategise on campaigns for greater collaboration and impact.

Types of grants 

The project provides for five types of grants:

1. Research grants

The purpose of these grants is to increase the availability of knowledge about trends, challenges, violations and opportunities related to the exercise of freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression in the two sub-regions, South and Southeast Asia.

2. Capacity-building grants

The objective of capacity-building grants is to enhance the capacity of individuals, networks and organisations in South and Southeast Asia to counter hate speech online on the basis of religion.

3. Creative content grants

The objective of these grants is to generate creative, artistic and critical content that promotes discourses and narratives that are secular, diverse, inclusive and rights-respecting on issues related to religion.

4. Campaign grants

The objective of the campaign grants is to build awareness among target groups in the five countries, through new and existing networks, on the violation of freedom of religion and expression online, including on how intolerance and hate can affect individuals emotionally and psychologically.

5. Advocacy grants

The objective of these grants is to leverage strategic linkages of new and existing networks of individuals and civil society to advocate for policy changes related to freedom of expression and religion online nationally, regionally and globally.

Summary of total subgrants to be awarded during the project period

Type of grants

Research grants

Capacity-building grants 

Creative content grants

Campaign grants 

Advocacy grants

Total per year

Year 1 (2019-2020)

4

2

7

2  

 

15

Year 2 (2020-2021)

4

9

5

24

Year 3 (2021-2022)

 

 

11

5

4

20

Total number of grants

 

59

Grants available for Year 1 (2019-2020)
 Research grants

 

1. Carrying out a national research study based on a common framework of indicators developed by APC to determine the state of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

  • Based on the framework developed by APC, this research should address the challenges at the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression online in Bangladesh. The research should capture violations, key challenges and the impact on different communities. Gender perspectives must be sufficiently incorporated in the methodology and content. The study should rely on international standards and national legal frameworks and be carried out in consultation with survivors, national groups and other stakeholders. The right to privacy of survivors must be respected. A clear human rights-based approach is necessary for this research.

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

2. Carrying out a national research study based on a common framework of indicators developed by APC to determine the state of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in India.

  • Based on the framework developed by APC, this research should address the challenges at the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression online in India. The research should capture violations, key challenges and the impact on different communities. Gender perspectives must be sufficiently incorporated in the methodology and content. The study should rely on international standards and national legal frameworks and be carried out in consultation with survivors, national groups and other stakeholders. The right to privacy of survivors must be respected. A clear human rights-based approach is necessary for this research.

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

3. Carrying out a national research study based on a common framework of indicators developed by APC to determine the state of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Indonesia.

  • Based on the framework developed by APC, this research should address the challenges at the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression online in Indonesia. The research should capture violations, key challenges and the impact on different communities. Gender perspectives must be sufficiently incorporated in the methodology and content. The study should rely on international standards and national legal frameworks and be carried out in consultation with survivors, national groups and other stakeholders. The right to privacy of survivors must be respected. A clear human rights-based approach is necessary for this research.

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

4. Carrying out one regional, national or cross-country research study on issues relating to FoRB and FoE online.

  • Indicative topics for this research could include the role of entertainment media in perpetuating hate; analysis of blasphemy provisions in information and communications technology legislation; the use of religion to target women and LGBTIQ communities; the role of corporate entities and platforms under the Rabat Plan of Action; the history and impact of significant counter-speech movements; the politics and psychology of hate in mob violence; the role of media, social media and internet service providers in perpetrating and curbing hate speech; and the censorship of artistic content in the name of religion. However, the applicant may propose a topic outside this list as long as it relates to the thematic area of focus in the project. The research must significantly incorporate a human rights-based approach and gender components.

Amount available: USD 4,400 for each grant

Capacity-building grants

1. Conducting a workshop to develop skills for identifying hate speech and engaging in counter-speech in Bangladesh, India or Indonesia.

  • Applicants can propose to hold a workshop in one of these three countries: Bangladesh, India or Indonesia. These workshops must help participants to understand organised hate speech campaigns and uncover the core message in these incidents that resonate with other individuals and the motives and networks that drive proponents of hate. Participants trained in these workshops should be able to use findings from the research produced through this action and collaborate with artists to counter hate speech using skills they learn in these workshops.

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

2. Conducting training workshops on holistic security in Bangladesh, India or Indonesia.

  • Applicants can propose to hold a workshop in one of these three countries: Bangladesh, India or Indonesia. The applicants should work with expert holistic security trainers to build the capacity of individuals and organisations taking part in campaigns and other activities countering hate speech. The training should ultimately build the capacity of individuals and groups to ensure their physical, psychological, digital and organisational security.

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

Creative content grants

1. Producing an audiovisual documentary on the impact of hate speech on individuals or on counter-movements to resist hate speech.

  • One grant will be made to a civil society organisation (CSO) that will collaborate with artists and video content developers to produce a documentary that captures the social and political networks behind organised hate speech online and the impact of such speech on individuals. Alternatively, the proposal could seek to capture key movements and moments of resisting and countering hate speech in the region or select countries.

Amount available: USD 6,600

2. Developing digital stories of attacks, responses and resistance on the impact of hate speech on individuals or counter-movements to resist hate speech.

  • Two grants will be made to survivors, individuals and CSOs in the countries of focus to capture experiences of oppression and resistance by survivors of attacks and hate speech in the name of religion through digital stories.

Amount available: USD 1,100 for each grant

3. Generating artistic and satirical pieces that promote discourses and narratives that are secular, diverse, inclusive and rights-respecting on issues related to religion.

  • Four grants will be made to artists and human rights defenders (HRDs) who will collaborate to create satirical and critical artistic content that promotes discourses and narratives that are secular, diverse, inclusive and rights-respecting on issues relating to religion. The artistic content developed will be used in campaigns for accountable, tolerant and secular societies.

Amount available: USD 1,100 for each grant

Campaign grants

1. Developing and implementing coordinated campaigns that help build a greater network and community using online platforms to reach across sections of society towards advocating for accountability for survivors and tolerant and secular societies.

  • Two grants will be made to HRDs to engage in counter-speech, expose the use of misinformation/disinformation and “fake news” to incite violence and intolerance, and foster respectful and inclusive dialogues among people with diverse opinions, especially users outside HRD and CSO circles. These campaigns will create online and offline spaces and gatherings to engage individuals and groups who are outside HRD networks to reach a wider audience. These can be focused on either national or regional issues.  

Amount available: USD 3,300 for each grant

 

click here to Submit a Research Grant 2019

click here to Submit a Capacity Building Grant 2019

click here to Submit a Creative content Grant 2019

click here to Submit a Campaign Grant 2019

 

If you have any questions, please contact: challenge@apc.org

 

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