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Grants Program

The following grant opportunities are now open. Visit the link below for complete information and application instructions:

Digital Amplification of Vernacular Journalism for South Indian Journalists 

The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai is seeking U.S. organizations with experience in international education on journalism ethics and standards, citizen journalism, and social media reporting to work with local journalism schools adapting existing English-language materials and creating new content to train South Indian journalists.  The organization or institution should have experience working in local languages and with vernacular journalists, and preferably will have linkages to India and specifically South India. The grantee would need to work with local partners in each of the three states in our district to develop online materials and coursework for vernacular journalists.  

Please see full grant announcement for additional information: 

This funding opportunity closes August 27, 2014

Young Indians Changing the World, A Celluloid Journey

The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai will fund a documentary or documentary series titled “Young Indians Changing the World: A Celluloid Journey” highlighting the achievements of Indians, particularly from South India, ages 25-40, who have returned to India from extended U.S. stays and made a difference in society and elevated India’s role and position regionally or globally.

The documentary series will showcase not only how the United States has deeply affected the lives of these achievers, but also how their current work makes India a global leader and role model for other nations.  The documentary will highlight Indo-U.S. relations, especially people-to-people to connections that have been made over several decades, which continue to strengthen and enrich citizens both nations. The documentary/series will be produced in three vernacular languages Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam, all with English subtitles.

Please see full grant announcement for additional information:

This funding opportunity closes September 3, 2014

U.S. Small Grants in Action

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Small Grants Recipients

  • HRLN

    HRLN received a U.S. grant to organize a national conference on prevention of trafficking, protection and rehabilitation of victims in Kochi, Kerala.

  • South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG)

    New Delhi’s South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) received a grant to develop sustainability & resource mobilization trainings for NGOs in Karnataka.

  • Mithra Foundation

    The Mithra Foundation used their U.S. grant to fund an action and awareness program in Trichy on climate change, which included solid waste management and rain harvesting issues.

  • Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

    The U.S. awarded the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) a grant to conduct a conference in Kochi on, security preparedness in Indian states.

  • Tree Foundation

    Tree Foundation, Chennai used their U.S. grant to implement an educational project in Chennai designed to strengthen student awareness and teacher engagement in conservation and biodiversity.

  • Keystone Foundation

    U.S. has supported the Keystone Foundation, with a grant  in Kotagiri which works in ecologically sensitive areas and creating a green economy for Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

  • Cultural Vistas

    The New York-based Cultural Vistas organization used their U.S. grant to implement day-long workshops on educational exchange opportunities and India-U.S. diplomacy in Bangalore and Chennai.