Small Grants for Content Production

Opportunity Number: PAS-CHISINAU-FY19-12-MEDIA
CFDA Number: 19.900
CFDA Title: AEECA PD Programs
Program: Media Program (AEECA)
Announcement Type: Open Competition
Announcement Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 05, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Agency Contact: Alexandru Leanca,

Background Information

The U.S. Embassy in Moldova seeks to support independent voices in the Moldovan media landscape. Specifically, this initiative seeks to support the development of a community of filmmakers and digital content creators who use their medium to tell powerful and engaging stories.This initiative focuses on the narrative short format (live action, maximum running time of five minutes - 5:00).  

The embassy seeks a partner to implement a 48-hour film challenge that will allow emerging filmmakers from Moldova (and possibly neighbor countries) to showcase their talent and develop a community of creative content producers. Emerging filmmakers would be professionals in the early to middle stages of their career (at least one year of experience working in a professional media environment).

During the activity, filmmakers will receive instructions on a theme, write a script, produce a short film (under five minutes in duration), and then present the final product to peers in the final hours of the event. All of this is to take place within 48 hours. The films will then be evaluated and recognized for excellence accordingly by a small panel.

The activity should include at least five production teams (team generally includes 5-10 people, including screenwriter/director, director of photography, editor, actors, etc…from Moldova and two teams of filmmakers from a neighboring country.  There is a possibility of bringing a U.S. expert to assist in implementation. Those costs should be included in proposal if relevant.  

The assistance will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement, and the U.S. Embassy will be involved in the project implementation. Enlistment of a media partner, ideally a TV outlet that can broadcast the final projects and making-of, is strongly encouraged.

Implementing partner will be responsible for overall logistical coordination, including promotion of the event, selection of participants, travel and lodging for international participants. Proposed venue is the America House in Chisinau, but other options will be considered.

We anticipate the project to run 3-4 months.

Program Objectives:

The hereby project aims for the following objectives:

  1. Build capacity for local content production among emerging filmmakers
  2. Provide the next generation of producers, directors, editors and actors a foundation to develop ties within the creative community, both locally and regionally.  

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Funding per grant: $50,000

Expected award date: May 1, 2019


Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations (NGOs, CSOs, Think-Tanks) and independent mass media (often registered as Limited Liability Companies) officially registered in the Republic of Moldova.  

Direct funding for U.S. and third-country institutions is not available under this funding opportunity.  The organizations without Moldovan registration can apply only as partners through an eligible organization.

A complete application must contain the following mandatory elements:

  1. Application Format in MS Word format (Download)
  2. Detailed Budget in MS Excel format (Download)
  3. Budget Narrative (free form)

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