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Funding
The deadline for the third round of funding for Internews grants to support independent media is this Friday, January 30.

“Funding will range between $5,000 to $20,000 for creative and innovative projects supporting the role of new media, youth engagement, and civil society development, in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, with special focus on projects outside the capital.”

The application isn’t too long or complicated, so if you have a good idea, gather your thoughts and submit the application.

Other opportunities
Nahwa al Mouwatinyeh is looking to recruit volunteer parliamentary monitors for LPmonitor.org in advance of the June 7th elections. Na-am will hold an information session for anyone interested in doing this important work on Thursday. Here are the complete details:

Event: LPM: Volunteer Recruitment Meeting “Monitor Your Parliament!”
What: Informational Meeting
Host: Lebanese Parliamentary Monitor
Start Time: Thursday, January 29 at 5:00pm
End Time: Thursday, January 29 at 6:30pm
Where: Concorde, 10th floor
Facebook Event URL: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116765565407