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Public Diplomacy Small Grants - EDUCATION

ID: PAS-UKRAINE-FY24-04 • Type: Posted

Description

The U.S. Embassy Kyiv announces an open competition for non-government, non-profit organizations to submit applications to carry out a Public Diplomacy Small Grants (PDSG) Program EDUCATION. This Program is subject to availability of funding from the U.S. Government.

Program Objectives:

The U.S. Embassy Kyiv announces the 2024 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program - EDUCATION to support projects aimed at strengthening Ukraine's educational system as a contributor to Ukraine's post-war restoration and development. The U.S. Embassy plans to award small grants to Ukrainian non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (NGOs) to administer the projects in collaboration with counterparts in education (colleges, universities, local and central governments). Collaboration or partnerships between the United States and Ukrainian organizations is encouraged and may include but is not limited to implementation of U.S. concepts and using U.S. experts. Preference will be given to proposals that provide clear and sustainable results and strengthen US-Ukraine people to people ties or have clear potential for lasting engagement between US and Ukrainian institutions. All proposal must include a monitoring and evaluation plan with clearly defined indicators to measure the realization of project goals.

Specific thematic priorities for the projects may include one or more of the following:

1. Collaboration between educational institutions, employers and government entities to produce qualified workforce in sufficient numbers for the fields identified as priorities in economic recovery and development plan. This priority addresses the need to connect the current educational system to the specific demands of Ukraine's labor market, drawing, where practical, from US examples and leveraging U.S. experience and institutions to support Ukraine's modernization of education. The projects should help youth stay and succeed in Ukraine, and equip representatives of business with modern business tools, concepts, and principles to build enduring professional relationships between Americans and Ukrainians, develop businesses in Ukraine and attract foreign investment. The projects may include, but are not limited to collaborative research, design of regional development plans with regard to the regional job market needs and educational offers, design of dual education programs, development of new study programs/ study plans, adjusted to employers' present and future needs.

2. Development of training opportunities and programs for individuals with disabilities, veterans and IDPs to increase their employability and support regional economic recovery and growth. This priority anticipates leveraging U.S. experience and institutions to support Ukraine's modernization and expansion of its education system to integrate a growing population of veterans considering disabilities and PTSD challenges, students with special learning needs, displaced and vulnerable populations. Proposals should support Ukraine's efforts to rebuild the current and post-war economy including re-integration of mentioned target groups into the labor market. The projects may include but are not limited to the piloting of centers for veteran's services and centers for disabilities services at Ukrainian colleges and universities focusing on entrepreneurship, career advising, vocational re-training, small business development, and soft skills development.

3. Support of optimization as part of educational reform in response to war and post-war reconstruction challenges.

The projects should consider the optimization of Ukrainian educational system which has been started by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as a response to the war-generated challenges. Where possible, Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, particularly, in education, should be considered with regard to areas where U.S. expertise provides unique experiences for educational advancement and modernization. The projects may include, but are not limited to, development of strategies; enhancement of teaching in priority fields identified by the Government of Ukraine; ensuring access to high quality education for students in war-affected areas or studying on-line from abroad.

4. Development of civic education programs for Ukrainian students and adults to facilitate social cohesion and reintegration of citizens from occupied territories, IDPs, with a possible connection to Ukrainians sheltered abroad. The projects may include but are not limited to educational projects in Ukrainian history, culture, and citizenship for target audiences.

Participants and Audiences:

All project activities supported by the U.S. Embassy grant should take place in Ukraine.

The key participants are Ukrainian stakeholders in education who have power to shape educational sector so that it pragmatically addresses the challenges of the post-war recovery period.

The target audience (beneficiaries) for the projects include social groups that suffered in the war the most (veterans, individuals with disabilities, IDPs), and decision-makers in crisis circumstances.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: six to twelve months

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of 25000 to a maximum of 50 000 USD

Total available funding: pending funds availability

Type of Funding: FY24 Smith-Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds

Anticipated program start date: between July 1 and September 30, 2024

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations only are eligible to apply:

Ukrainian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations (NGOs); their collaboration with the U.S. counterparts is welcome.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing or matching is encouraged but not required.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in SAM.gov.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION - see attached full NOFO for all details.

Background
The U.S. Embassy Kyiv announces the 2024 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program - EDUCATION to support projects aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s educational system as a contributor to Ukraine’s post-war restoration and development. The U.S. Embassy plans to award small grants to Ukrainian non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (NGOs) to administer the projects in collaboration with counterparts in education (colleges, universities, local and central governments). Collaboration or partnerships between the United States and Ukrainian organizations is encouraged and may include but is not limited to implementation of U.S. concepts and using U.S. experts.

Preference will be given to proposals that provide clear and sustainable results and strengthen US-Ukraine people to people ties or have clear potential for lasting engagement between US and Ukrainian institutions. All proposal must include a monitoring and evaluation plan with clearly defined indicators to measure the realization of project goals.

Grant Details
The specific thematic priorities for the projects may include collaboration between educational institutions, employers, and government entities; development of training opportunities and programs for individuals with disabilities, veterans, and IDPs; support of optimization as part of educational reform in response to war and post-war reconstruction challenges; development of civic education programs for Ukrainian students and adults.

The key participants are Ukrainian stakeholders in education who have power to shape educational sector so that it pragmatically addresses the challenges of the post-war recovery period. The target audience (beneficiaries) for the projects include social groups that suffered in the war the most (veterans, individuals with disabilities, IDPs), and decision-makers in crisis circumstances.

Eligibility Requirements
Ukrainian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations (NGOs); their collaboration with the U.S. counterparts is welcome. Cost sharing or matching is encouraged but not required.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.

Period of Performance
The length of performance period is six to twelve months. The anticipated program start date is between July 1 and September 30, 2024.

Grant Value
Awards may range from a minimum of 25000 to a maximum of 50 000 USD. The total available funding is pending funds availability.

Place of Performance
All project activities supported by the U.S. Embassy grant should take place in Ukraine.

Overview

Category of Funding
Education
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/14/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity PAS-UKRAINE-FY24-04 for Public Diplomacy Small Grants - EDUCATION with funding of $250,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs. It is expected that 8 total grants will be made worth between $25,000 and $50,000.

Timing

Posted Date
March 14, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
June 2, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 43 Days
Last Updated
March 14, 2024, 1:28 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
July 2, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
The following organizations only are eligible to apply: Ukrainian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations (NGOs); their collaboration with the U.S. counterparts is welcome.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$50,000
Floor
$25,000
Estimated Program Funding
$250,000
Estimated Number of Grants
8

Contacts

Contact
Scott Whitmore Grantor
Email Description
General inquiries and proposal submission email
Contact Phone
380 63 299 3134

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