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Mission Somalia PDS Annual Program Statement

Type: Posted • Opportunity: DOS-PDS-MOG-FY24-01

Description

Executive Summary

The U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards, contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The implementers will be a legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organization, or individual that meets U.S. and Somali technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified in Section C. Information about the Public Diplomacy Section can be found at https://so.usembassy.gov/.

PDS Mogadishu invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element and/or connection(s) with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Proposals have a funding floor of $5,000, max of $20,000, and an average amount of $10,000 for a project of up to one year in duration.

Background

PDS Mogadishu seeks to strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. The PDS Small Grants Program is designed to further the following public diplomacy goals: 1) Increase security for the United States and Somalia; 2) respond to reoccurring humanitarian needs; and 3) Promote peace through stable, effective governance.

Audiences

The proposal must include one or more target audience(s): youth, entrepreneurs, journalists and media professionals, human rights activists and other civil society representatives, and academics and teaching professionals. Unless strong justification is provided, all projects should strive to achieve gender balance. Projects can be nationwide or focused on specific geographic areas with an explanation of why the specific geographic region is relevant to the strategy.

Priority Program Areas

  1. Counter Violent Extremism: Proposals focus on individuals and organizations involved in peacebuilding or anti-violent extremist efforts, especially community influencers, women, and religious leaders, to ensure they retain the skills, knowledge, and capacity necessary to take a stronger role in their areas of expertise.
  2. Promote Economic Prosperity through Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Proposals focus on aspiring and newly established entrepreneurs, incubation hubs, and other private sector organizations, with a particular emphasis on women, youth, and marginalized groups, to build networks among these groups and reinforce skills related to business planning, using technology for business, securing financing, and/or navigating Somalia's business environment.
  3. Promote Equal Participation in Politics, Peacebuilding, and the Economy: Proposals focus on Somali women and/or organizations involved in women and girls' empowerment efforts to provide capacity building, tailored training, and other support to expand leadership opportunities for women in politics, peacebuilding, and business.
  4. Promote Youth Leadership and Development: Proposals offer opportunities to university students, under- or unemployed recent graduates, and other youth, including among marginalized groups, to raise awareness about youth-led organizations and build leadership skills.
  5. Professionalize the Media: Proposals offer training to media professionals across radio, television, print, and online outlets to strengthen their ability to recognize and counter disinformation, generate revenue, and/or build technical skills.
  6. Promote Rule of Law, Democracy, and Respect for Human Rights: Proposals support individual and institutional efforts to enhance respect for rule of law, deepen understanding of democratic principles, and encourage civic participation in Somalia.
  7. Encourage Awareness of and Promote Efforts to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change: Proposals educate the public about the effects of climate change and raise awareness about efforts to mitigate its impact.

All proposals should:

  • Address how the project will contribute to one or more of the program areas listed above.
  • Enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period, using the Monitoring and Evaluation Performance Monitoring Plan.
  • Clearly specify the audiences to be reached and the geographic locations of program activities. Programs proposed in multiple locations should explain how that will be accomplished. The grantee must demonstrate the capacity to implement activities in the locations and with the audiences proposed.
  • Describe how elements of the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustainable beyond the life of the grant.
  • Include a traditional and/or social media plan for marketing or advertising program activities and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competency to manage all financial and oversight aspects of the project, including participant costs and transparent arrangements of sub-grant relationships with partner organizations, if applicable.

View the full announcement here: https://so.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-mogadishu-pds-annual-program-statement-small-grants-program/

Background
The U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards, contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. PDS Mogadishu seeks to strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. The PDS Small Grants Program is designed to further the public diplomacy goals of increasing security for the United States and Somalia, responding to recurring humanitarian needs, and promoting peace through stable, effective governance.

Grant Details
The proposal must include one or more target audience(s): youth, entrepreneurs, journalists and media professionals, human rights activists and other civil society representatives, and academics and teaching professionals.
The proposal should focus on one or more priority program areas such as counter violent extremism, promoting economic prosperity through innovation and entrepreneurship, equal participation in politics, peacebuilding, and the economy, youth leadership and development, professionalizing the media, promoting rule of law, democracy, and respect for human rights, and encouraging awareness of efforts to mitigate climate change.
All proposals should address how the project will contribute to one or more of the program areas listed above; enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period; specify the audiences to be reached and the geographic locations of program activities; describe how elements of the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustainable beyond the life of the grant; include a traditional and/or social media plan for marketing or advertising program activities and outcomes; demonstrate competency to manage all financial and oversight aspects of the project.

Eligibility Requirements
PDS encourages applications from U.S., Somali, and international parties such as registered not-for-profit organizations including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; non-profit educational institutions; individuals.
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. Cost sharing is not required. All organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and an active registration with SAM.gov before submitting an application.

Period of Performance
Length of performance period: Six to 12 months.
Anticipated program start date: May 15, 2024.
Proposed programs should be completed in one year or less. PDS may entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds.

Grant Value
Total Amount Available: $80,000.
Maximum award amount: $20,000

Place of Performance
Nationwide or focused on specific geographic areas with an explanation of why the specific geographic region is relevant to the strategy.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 2/26/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity DOS-PDS-MOG-FY24-01 for Mission Somalia PDS Annual Program Statement with funding of $80,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 26, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
April 26, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 13 Days
Last Updated
Feb. 26, 2024, 9:33 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
May 26, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Private institutions of higher education
Individuals
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$20,000
Floor
$5,000
Estimated Program Funding
$80,000
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Taylor C Tinney Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
For Inquiries
Contact Phone
12026508541

Documents

Posted documents for DOS-PDS-MOG-FY24-01

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