The Impact Seed Funding (ISF) is a micro-scale grant to facilitate further education related activities that take inspiration from the under-reported stories about forest under program Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and Rainforest Investigation Network (RIN).

The ISF is designed to provide seed funds to the researchers and lecturers to unlock further impact from the work reported by the Pulitzer Center’s fellow under the RJF and RIN fellows and ultimately increase the awareness of the proliferated rainforest issues in Southeast Asia  . We believe in the power of knowledge and the role of education and educators in addressing the multidisciplinary problems in rainforests. The seed funding provides micro-scale funding to:

  • Initiate new collaborations or develop existing collaborations between lecturers/researchers with journalists;
  • Intensify engagement between education communities, journalists, and forest community in the Southeast Asia region;
  • Stimulate the use of data and information from the underreported stories in the teaching materials, student activities, curricula materials or scientific publications
  • Facilitate the adoption of featured findings in relevant research and other scientific products

The ISF was designed to be flexible and responsive to education/forest community needs, allowing applicants to establish activities linked to urgent issues in the forest.

The ISF will range from USD 3,000 – 4,000. We expect that projects will be implemented in a two-month timeline after approval.


  • The project must take inspiration  from the  stories, undergone or reported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and Rainforest Investigative Network (RIN) fellows
  • The activity must showcase an intended impact to the audience of affected forest communities (customary or indigenous people), academic community (students or fellow lecturers/researchers), or civil society
  • The project will be consulted with the relevant RJF or RIN fellow
  • Applicants will need to deliver financial and narrative reports at the end of the grant period, detailing costs and results.

Link to the projects of Rainforest Journalism Fund in Southeast Asia: Projects & Stories | Rainforest Journalism Fund

Link to the projects of Rainforest Investigation Network: Forests at the Crossroads | Pulitzer Center

Samples of Activities

The outputs are not exhaustive with sample activities such as:

- Education Community engagement:

o Insertion in teaching materials, On-Campus debates, Social Issues Hackathon,

students-led debates/dialogues, Supports to the ‘Kampus Merdeka’ activities

o Visuals production and dissemination(Short videos, Documentary, Podcast,


o On-campus mini exhibition

- Mobility/Forest Community engagement: Knowledge exchange activities, Student’s Visits,

Biodiversity expedition, Citizen Journalism

- Support to Research activities: Data adoption to improve ongoing research accuracy,,

Insertion of data/knowledge in a book chapter


1. Applicants must be lecturers or researchers based in Indonesia

Project Duration

The maximum duration of the proposed collaboration is 2 months. Once the fund is approved, it will

be transferred to the successful principal applicant once the grant agreement is countersigned by

Pulitzer Center. Formal project start dates will be set in the grant agreement.

Submission Process

Applications must be uploaded in this link:


The application must include the following documents:

- An overview of the proposed project in no more than 250 words. This must include the

objectives, target audience, proposed activities, intended impact and rationale of the

proposed project.

- Detailed timeframe

- A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Our typical grants cover

hard costs associated with the reporting. Fixer/translator/driver fees are acceptable and

stipends can be considered depending on the circumstances.

- If the proposed activities include knowledge exchange activities for forest communities, a

statement by a member of the community showing the need from them must be presented.

This can be in the form of a message or letter.

- A copy of Curriculum Vitae including three professional references (Head of Departments or

Lead in your workplace must be included), this should be in the form of a letter of



1. Application Process: August 12 – September 20

2. Selection Process: September 21 – 29

3. Grants Announcement: September 30

4. Briefing and Grants Administration: October 3 - 14

5. Implementation Duration: October 17 – December 16

6. Project Reporting and Closure: December Week 17 – December 30

Contact: Ms. Grenti Paramitha, SEA Education Coordinator. Email:

La date limite approche à grands pas. Dans la semaine suivant votre soumission, vous devriez recevoir un accusé de réception. 

Pour toute question, contactez:

Deadline is rolling.  Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt.    Questions? Contact: 

Deadline is rolling.  Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt.  

Prazo contínuo. Em até uma semana após o envio de sua proposta, você receberá uma confirmação de recebimento. 

No hay un fin de plazo. Dentro de una semana de su solicitación, recibirá una confirmación de recibo.

Questions? / Questões? / ¿Preguntas?: Contact:

Deadline is rolling.  Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt. Questions? Contact:

Deadline sedang berjalan. Anda bisa mendapatkan konfirmasi untuk submisi yang dimasukkan dalam jangka waktu seminggu.  

The deadline is November 30th at 11:59 PM (Jakarta/Manila/GMT +7).  Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt. Questions? Contact:

Hạn chót là ngày 30 tháng 11 lúc (Jakarta/Manila/GMT +7). Trong vòng một tuần kể từ ngày nộp đơn tham gia, bạn sẽ nhận được thư xác nhận đã nộp đơn. Các câu hỏi? Liên hệ:  

COVID-19 ADVISORY: Given the severe travel restrictions in place, please hold off on submitting proposals unless you have a high degree of confidence that the project field work can be completed relatively soon and without risking your safety and the safety of others.
Many governments are advising Indigenous or other isolated communities about the particular risk that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to them. In line with efforts to protect the health of these communities and given the risk that visitors may pose, we will not be accepting proposals for projects that involve travel to Indigenous, traditional, or isolated communities until the crisis ends. We will announce when these proposals may resume and encourage you to contact with any questions.

TƯ VẤN COVID-19: Do các hạn chế nghiêm ngặt về di chuyển ở từng khu vực, hãy tạm hoãn nộp các đề xuất dự án cho đến khi bạn chắc chắn có thể sớm hoàn thành thực địa và không mạo hiểm sự an toàn của bạn và những người khác. Nhiều chính phủ tư vấn một số nguy cơ đặc thù mà virus corona (COVID-19) đe dọa các cộng đồng biệt lập hoặc cộng đồng tộc người thiểu số. Nhằm thực hiện những nỗ lực bảo vệ sức khỏe của các cộng đồng này cũng như hạn chế lo ngại về nguy cơ mà khách bên ngoài có thể mang đến, chúng tôi sẽ không nhận các đề xuất từ những dự án liên quan đến việc di chuyển đến các cộng đồng biệt lập, truyền thống, và bản địa cho đến khi đại dịch kết thúc. Chúng tôi sẽ thông báo khi nào các đề xuất như vậy có thể nộp và khuyến khích bạn liên hệ với nếu có bất kỳ câu hỏi nào.

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