APS for USAID Media Program: New Business Model Grants

APS for USAID Media Program: New Business Model Grants



For USAID Media Program

New Business Model Grants

Issuance Date: 06/13/2023

Closing Date: 06/12/2024


The USAID Media Program in Georgia is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by IREX. The program envisions a vibrant, resilient, networked media sector that provides Georgia’s citizens and diverse communities with the civically relevant, fact-based independent information they need to build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive society.


USAID Media Program intends to support innovative media actors and journalistic start-ups. USAID Media Program will provide grants and managerial guidance for initiatives which aim to support media and information outlets with new, sustainable approaches and business models for reaching communities and audiences.

As consumption of news and current events content is constantly evolving and audiences steadily migrating from single to multi-platform and social media domains, the New Business Model Grants Program seeks to provide modest financing to new, more agile actors to address current shifts in Georgia’s media landscape. The grants are intended to trigger and encourage experimentation with new, sustainable journalistic models and unlock potential of entrepreneurial journalism. In addition to funding support, USAID Media Program will seek international models and lessons to bring to the applicant’s initiative. 

USAID Media Program will review candidates for the grants using a two-stage process. Applicants must first submit a short concept note, describing their business idea in brief. Please click here to download the Annual Program Statement (APS) and concept note template.


The geographic focus under consideration includes the following countries for regional activities: Georgia.


  1. Preserve and strengthen an enabling environment that fosters press freedom and access to information
  2. Increase the availability of civically relevant, fact-based, independent sources of information


  • Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
  • Individual content creators
  • Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
  • Private Enterprises
  • Professional Associations
  • Foundations and Associations

VI. Cost share Requirements:

Not applicable.

VII. Award Information

  • Estimated funding for individual projects: up to $6,000
  • Maximum sub-grants to be awarded in this round: 3
  • Grant duration: 4 months
  • USAID Media Program may choose to fund selected application(s) fully or incrementally.

The USAID Media Program/IREX reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. 

Only one application is accepted per organization or individual.