Updated Mar 10, 2021

Promoting Investigative Journalism and Anti-Corruption Efforts in Pacific Island Countries

Offered by U.S. Department of State

Since the Biketawa Declaration in 2000, the Pacific Islands have explicitly committed themselves to strengthening democracy, human rights, and good governance. All Pacific Island countries have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and in February 2020, Kiribati, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Fiji signed the Teieniwa Vision, which, inter-alia, recognized that progress and aspirations for a peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous Pacific cannot be realized unless corruption is addressed. It also recognized and supported the right to information; the need to protect whistle-blowers; and for civil society and the media to be involved in national and regional anti-corruption efforts. In furtherance of the region’s commitment to anti-corruption goals, DRL seeks projects that strengthens local independent media organizations in the Pacific to actively contribute as part of a whole-of-society effort to combat corruption.
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Apr 14, 2021Deadline
$1,000,000 - $1,975,308Amount
24 to 36 monthsDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryFiji, Samoa, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tonga
Focus AreasGood Governance (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Communications and Media
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (Education)
Digital Security
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Other Requirements

Reporting RequirementsApplicants should be aware that DRL awards will require that all reports (financial and progress) are uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic on at most a quarterly basis. The Federal Financial Report (FFR or SF-425) is the required form for the financial reports and must be submitted in PMS, as well as a copy from PMS then uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic. The progress reports uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic must include a narrative as described below and Project Indicators (or other mutually agreed upon format approved by the Grants Officer) for the F Framework indicators. The F Framework indicators will be reviewed and negotiated during the final stages of issuing an award.

Application And Awards Process

All application submissions must be made electronically via www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com). Both systems require registration by the applying organization. Please note: the Grants.gov registration process can take ten [10] business days or longer, even if all registration steps are completed in a timely manner.


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