Call for Proposals for Bangladeshi media & civil society

Free Press Unlimited, in collaboration with ARTICLE19 Bangladesh and South Asia, invites Bangladeshi civil society organisations (CSOs) and media to form alliances to apply together for the 2023 round of the Collaboration Lab.

The Collaboration Lab is a small grants project for alliances of Bangladeshi media and CSOs and aims to promote collaboration on issues that are important and relevant to Bangladeshi citizens, stimulate the development of innovative solutions and facilitate knowledge exchange and (mutual) learning. The Collaboration Lab is part of the programme “Joining Forces: CSOs and Media for Accountability in Bangladesh”, implemented by Free Press Unlimited and ARTICLE19 Bangladesh and South Asia, and funded by the European Union. 

In the Collaboration Lab, media and CSOs are invited to form alliances and jointly apply for a one-year subgrant. In the 2023 round, we ask alliances to submit a proposal to set up an initiative focused on mutual learning. A panel of judges will then assess the proposals and select 5 alliances to receive a grant of a maximum of 60,000 EUR. 

In addition to the financial support, selected alliances will have access to tailor-made capacity-building packages that include training and coaching on digital security, gender and inclusion, internal governance, and internal systems and procedures. 

Do you want to learn more about the Collaboration Lab and the application process? Check out the Information Booklet!

How to apply

  • Download all necessary application documents by clicking on the “APPLY” button below. 
  • Carefully read the Guidelines document and follow its instructions. 
  • Send your completed application (please include ALL requested documents) to
  • The deadline for submissions is 19 October 2023. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. 
  • If you submit your proposal before 28 September, you are entitled to request written feedback. After receiving this feedback, you may continue to work on your application (using the feedback received) until the deadline mentioned above. 

For any questions, please join our online Q&A session on 18 September. Please reach out to the project team at if you are interested in joining this session. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. 




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