Applications Now Open for Cowbird Unheard Voices Grant

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Storytelling platform Cowbird is on a mission to balance the media landscape by amplifying unheard, marginalized voices from around the world — in their own words, sounds and images.

The very first Cowbird Unheard Voices Grant is now accepting applications for journalists and community organizers through midnight, May 10th, 2015.


Grantees will work closely with a community to:

  • Help people share their stories on Cowbird.
  • Host training and multimedia workshops.
  • Build relationships with community leaders.
  • Create a collection of their stories on Cowbird.
  • Write a narrative overview for the collection that tells its backstory, weaves together its themes, and gives readers vivid places to start exploring.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with deep and existing connections to the communities they hope to work with, and also to applicants with multimedia journalism or storytelling experience.

The grants are intended to supplement ongoing work and are $2,500. Grantees also receive technical and logistical support from Cowbird.


Applications are being accepted from now through midnight, May 10th, 2015. Once the grant is awarded, recipients will be expected to facilitate the posting of between 20-30 pieces to Cowbird within 3 months. Grants will be announced on or before June 1st.

To apply, please send your resume and one professional reference to and complete application questions: