Newsletter No 20 01 March 2006
US Funds for Independent Arab Media

The US Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is offering up to seven grants for independent media in the North Africa and Middle East region. Amounts will range between 100,000 to 1,000,000 USD.

Print, broadcast and electronic media from
Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates and the West Bank and Gaza can apply.

The grants aim to provide technical and material assistance to advance free and independent media in the region. They are headed toward private media outlets committed to public service and to local oriented content. Media funded, owned or affiliated to government are not eligible.

Those willing to apply must first submit a five-to-seven-page concept paper detailing their objectives, their company’s background and their management experience as well as the market conditions. In addition to that, a budget with narrative is also required.

MEPI is a
US initiative to promote positive change in the Middle East and North Africa through diplomatic efforts and through results-oriented programs, both regional and specific to individual countries. A key element of MEPI is creating links and partnerships with Arab, U.S. civil society, private sector, and governments to jointly achieve sustainable reform.

Deadline is 31 March 2006.

For further information, please contact