The Open Media Foundation announced on May 8, 2013 that it is awarding 11 Denver-area nonprofits with grants totalling a combined value of $25,000 in media and communication services, training, and tools.
The largest grant was awarded to the Sisters of Color United for Education (SOCUE). The Multimedia and Outreach Assistance Grant, which is valued at $15,000, will equip SOCUE with the tools and resources necessary to create their own media. In addition, OMF will work closely with SOCUE to produce both field and in-studio productions, including a quality promotional video for their organization.
The Multimedia and Outreach Grant includes:
Free-unlimited access to over $2 million in equipment and television studios for one year
Free media training for SOCUE staff and volunteers
Production support for studio and field productions
Web support to strengthen online video presence
"If your first issue is not media, it should be your second, " said Daniel Stange, Health Promotor and Program Manager for SOCUE. “As a Promotora de Salud or ‘Promotors of Health’, being able to create media content that showcases not only health disparities but also the ability to overcome and the capacity of community to advocate and create change from within is a blessing” added Stange.
"Our selection committee was impressed by so many of the applicants" said Ann Theis, Station Director for Denver Open Media, an OMF project. "It was an extremely difficult decision to make, and we are very excited to begin working with SOCUE to help them accomplish their media goals to not only reach a larger audience but also to get their constituents engaged in making media", Theis added.
“We are grateful and humbled for this opportunity to create relevant content, gain valuable knowledge and skills necessary to become publishers of our collaborative journeys of survival, wellness, dedication, synchronicity and hope” Said Belinda Garcia, ED of SOCUE.
The grant is part of OMF’s initiative to engage and amplify the voices of Denver’s Latino community and individuals lacking post-secondary education in the local media conversation. With support from the Denver Foundation and Knight Foundation, OMF recently completed a year-long inclusiveness assessment that found these two groups to be the most underserved and underrepresented in the local media. In the coming years, these two demographic groups will continue to be a primary focus for OMF's outreach.
Although OMF initially intended to select one recipient, the pool of applicants had many deserving organizations dedicated to serving the two target demographics. As such, OMF awarded an additional $10,000 in memberships and trainings to ensure these organizations would have the opportunity to access multimedia resources and let their stories be heard in the community.
The ten other recipients receiving a year-long Nonprofit Organization Membership to Denver Open Media are as follows:
About the Open Media Foundation:
The Open Media Foundation (OMF) works to put the power of media technologies in the hands of civic-minded individuals and groups. OMF produces high-end media content for nonprofits and public sector organizations. It also provides access to affordable media education and technical resources to anyone interested in expressing their own voice. In addition, OMF operates Denver Open Media, Denver’s public access TV station. To find out more about OMF, visit www.openmediafoundation.org.
For more information contact: Ann Theis, Open Media Foundation, 700 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado, 80204, 720-222-0159 ext. 203, firstname.lastname@example.org.