We’re excited to announce our new Caribbean Community Climate Resource Grant, in partnership with Open Society Foundations. This opportunity aims to incentivise journalists in the Caribbean to create climate resources/tools for other journalists, community organisations, and communicators across the region, with the goal of helping to encourage, improve, and enhance climate reporting, while promoting climate knowledge sharing, and spotlighting underreported regional climate issues
During the first cycle of our 6-month Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship, journalists from across the region highlighted the importance of climate justice within their communities through amazing storytelling.
This grant opportunity is a bit different.
The objective here is for our selected grantees to engage in research and investigation to produce a resource/tool (for example an explainer video on covering carbon credits in Guyana , a handbook for hurricane reporting, or even a detailed guide for what communicators needs to know about critical deep sea mining in Jamaica) for the benefit of our growing and expanding community of Caribbean climate journalists and communicators.
So how does it work?
These grants will facilitate individual research on topics that are often considered difficult or too niche to cover and the resource created could be in the form of video, guide, handbook, research paper, or detailed story that everyone in the Caribbean could benefit from.
Supported by the Climate Tracker Caribbean team, through 1-1 mentorship, each grantee will receive a stipend of 200USD, and will have a period of 1-2 months to work on developing their climate reporting resource/tool.
Some examples of topics a grantee/fellow may decide to research and create a tool for are:
- Deforestation rates in Guyana
- The real-world impacts of extractivism on marine life in Trinidad and Tobago
- The real-world impacts of extractivism on indigenous and rural communities in Suriname
Each grantee will work closely with an assigned mentor, pitching the idea for a resource/tool.
Fellows will have 1-1 calls with their mentor to receive guidance throughout the ideation and development process.
Here are the benefits!
🌎 Access to experts and data on climate change
👨🏫 1-1 mentoring and guidance
🤝 Global exposure of your profile and the resource/tool you create
💰 A $200 grant
🎓 Exposure through our closing online webinar session
We want you to apply if…
- You are from a Caribbean country
- You are between the ages of 18-35
- You have at least 1 year of journalistic and/or content creation experience
- You have proven experience in reporting on environmental issues
- You have the facilities to share the result of your work within your community
- You are available to work on a media/communication resource
What do we expect?
- Total commitment to the programme and regular meetings with your assigned mentor
- Production of a high-quality and professional communication piece that could have a real impact on your community.
- Openness to feedback and effective about your resource/tool idea
- Sharing the results of your work with your community and network
- Passion for becoming part of the Climate Tracker community
- A lot of creativity and fresh ideas
We hope you’re interested. Here’s how to apply:
Simply complete and submit this form telling us how this grant could potentially benefit you and your career!
Application deadline: Wednesday 31st May, 2023 at 11:59pm (GMT-4 | Port-of-Spain time)
If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to reach out to: Dizzanne Billy – Caribbean Regional Director (email@example.com) and Yamlek Mojica – Caribbean Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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