(CNSNEWS) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to spend $3.35 million to “improve the quality of media content and strengthen the media’s capacity to meet professional standards” in Armenia, according to an agency request for applications (RFA).

No American media organizations are eligible for the grant, but “government controlled and government owned organizations” in Armenia are encouraged to apply even though the country is burdened by a “powerful executive that systematically undermines nascent institutions and agents of democratic accountability.”

“The Media for Informed Civic Engagement (MICE) is a five-year activity that aims to increase citizen access to independent and reliable sources of information about the Government of Armenia’s (GOAM) policies and planned reforms, with special emphasis on USAID-supported reforms in decentralization, transparency and accountability, and social sector policy,” according to the RFA.

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