Metamorphosis Foundation and Eurothink – Center for European Strategies announce the grant awardees within the small grant program of The Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink project supported by the European Union.

This first call for submitting project proposals is dedicated to initiatives of local civil society organizations in partnership with media that promote creation of critical thinking culture through promotion of media literacy, i.e. initiatives directed toward reaching the project’s goals by implementing activities adjusted to the local needs in each of the 8 statistical regions.

Total number of 41 organizations from the eight statistical regions submitted applications in this call.

Upon evaluation of the received project proposals in accordance with the Call-stipulated criteria, the Jury decided to award 6 grants in the following statistical regions: Vardar, Eastern, Southwestern, Pelagonia, Northeastern and Skopje. The grantees are civil society organizations that have formed partnerships with media as well as other civil society organizations or public institutions:

List of approved projects per organization
Organization Region Project
Foundation for Local Development and Democracy Fokus Veles Vardar region Read between the lines
Civic Association Media Plus – Shtip Eastern region Media literate citizen – for stress-free honor, find the real news
Civic Association Diversity Media – Skopje Southwestern region Critical thinking for active citizens
Association for Development of Civic Education and Civil Society GANIMED – Bitola Pelagonia region Theme for dilemma
Center for Roma Community DROM – Kumanovo Northeastern region Youth media literacy
Macedonian Institute for European Studies Skopje region Don’t be a media target

Originally, eight grants were supposed to be awarded within the call, one per each statistical region, but due to the lack of quality applications the Jury decided to award only six. The rest of the funds will be spent within this project’s second call for small grants, during which there is a possibility for awarding more grants than the planned eight.

Selected grantees will address the challenges faced by supporters of media literacy, related to the need of reaching wider audience with the aim to develop sustainable and all-embracing relations between the civil society organizations, media and citizens. In addition, the projects include the use of digital technologies for promotion of public education content in an effective and innovative manner and bridging of obstacles that lead to lack of intersectoral cooperation. This kind of approach aims at strengthening the position of civil society organizations, increasing the offer of content for citizens, enhancing their capacity as a development factor within their communities.