Get up to $70,000 for Storytellers in the National Geographic Stories of Tropical Rainforest

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Respond to this call for proposals by creatively telling stories that propose feasible solutions-oriented approaches/projects to reduce/reverse human effects on the ecosystem. 

Successful entrants will receive funding to actualize the projects and will be at the forefront of implementing sustainable acts to save the planet. 

Read on for the full details on the scheme, and how to apply to help save the planet from imminent human impacts. 

Application Deadline: October 21st, 2020

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Benefits

Here’s what you get to enjoy if you are selected

  • Selected proposals will be funded from USD$5,000 to $70,000. 
  • You get to work on projects that bring changes to the planet. 

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from 

  • Journalists and storytellers (photo, film, text, maps, data visualization)
  • Social media influencers and content creators seeking to portray traditional and indigenous educational content on their channels
  • Indigenous Youths interested in broadening their storytelling on YouTube and Instagram. 

Requirements/Specifications

  • Projects that benefit local communities or incorporate local voices are particularly welcome, as are local-language outputs.
  • Here are some examples of potential solution-oriented  story angles the RFP seeks: 
    • Connected impacts in cities and farming communities- Such as untold stories of urban pollution or the decreases in insect biomass. 
    • Indigenous people and traditional community voices- stories of sustainable solutions that account for both the ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Ways in which a mix of technology and tradition can advance guardianship within indigenous and traditional communities. 
    • Solutions and resilience- Innovative ways in which communities, individuals, and/or wildlife can adapt to the changing climate 
  • The Budgets of successful proposals must state the precise and specific costs necessary to complete the project
  • Successful applicants may use awarded funds over the course of one year. 
  • All applications should explicitly state the plan for evaluating the impact of the proposed work. 
  • Applicants may use a portion of the budget for HEFAT or other security training, if relevant

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Application Instructions

To apply, follow the steps in the foregoing:

  • For pointers on how to prepare your budget, check the proposal page.
  • Once you commence your application, select ‘The Human Journey’ in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.
  • For applicants entering as vloggers, submit a short video (two minutes or less) of yourself describing the following: 
    • A brief description of your project
    • Why you’re excited about this project
    • What you hope to accomplish with this project
    • Provide subtitle in English or include a transcript of your video in English, for  videos submitted in Non-English  
  • Complete your online application here

About the National Geographic Stories of Tropical Rainforest

Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has advanced considerable impact by investing in international changemakers who help define some of the critical challenges of our time, advance new solutions, and inspire positive transformative change.

The National Geographic Society employs the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of the world.

The National Geographic Stories of Tropical Rainforest seeks to support storytelling projects that highlight ecosystem-scale stories and solutions-oriented attempts to mitigate or reverse human impacts.

Tropical rainforests cover about two percent of Earth’s total surface area, but they provide habitat for half of terrestrial plants and animals on earth. 

Millions of indigenous peoples who call these rainforests home — as they have for millennia — have proven to be the best guardians of these forests, but other human influences have never been a more imminent threat. 

Currently, there’s a great challenge and great opportunity in the rainforests of the Amazon River basin, the Congo River basin, and the Indonesian and Malaysian archipelagos.

This request for proposals is for individuals who can show the world what will be lost if these biomes are not protected and highlight potential solutions that have the power to create real, practical improvements.

To put the issue into perspective, the dry season is now longer in some parts of the Amazon, and more drought-tolerant tree species are starting to appear. Continued loss of tree coverage in any tropical forest can alter water cycles in ways that could lead to further degradation. 

However, there is hope that global recognition of these problems and the discovery of locally grounded solutions can halt or reverse them. 

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of proposals is October 21st, 2020.

Preference will be given to projects led by journalists and storytellers from countries within the relevant regions (Amazon River basin, Congo River basin, and rainforests in southeast Asia). 

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