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Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 2024

Type: Posted • Opportunity: PAS-800-FY24-02

Description

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Skopje Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants: PAS Skopje invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to-people ties between the U.S. and North Macedonia through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs

Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions

Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs

Professional and academic exchanges and programs

Programs focused on entrepreneurship and innovation

Programs focused on diversity and empowerment of youth and underserved communities

Programs focused on democratic processes and values

Programs focused on gender issues

Programs focused on human and equal rights

Programs focused on media literacy

Programs focused on strengthening resiliency against disinformation; and malign influence

Programs focused on environment protection

Programs that support North Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration process

Priority Program Areas:

The objectives of the Public Diplomacy Grant Program are to promote positive relations between North Macedonia and the United States; to reinforce shared values; and to connect North Macedonia's emerging leaders to the American people. We fund projects that:

Help North Macedonia's youth build and develop skills to improve their potential through innovative science (especially environmental and health awareness), technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEM) programs, as well as through entrepreneurship programs and vocational training.

Focus on educating youth and publics about current environmental issues, including crafting creative solutions to environmental challenges, green energy initiatives and energy conservation, climate change adaptation strategies, as well as action plans to deal with water scarcity exacerbated by climate change and urbanization.

Encourage North Macedonia's youth to participate in civic life through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community engagement.

Strengthen understanding of U.S. values and institutions; highlight US culture, including American Studies, English language teaching/learning, and study in the United States; as well as support diversity through the acceptance of minority groups, including individuals with special needs or handicapping conditions, and other areas of mutual interest.

Participants and Audiences:

US Mission North Macedonia encourages not only diverse applicants to apply to our grants programs but would also like to see diverse target audiences and trainers. Diversity can be defined by different geographic regions, ethnicities, religious orientations, gender, physical disabilities including visual, hearing, speech, and other physically handicapping conditions.

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Printing or promotion of books or manuscripts
  • Travel to the United States for professional development
  • Promotion of local arts scenes
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single-party electoral campaigns
  • Charitable or development activities
  • Construction programs
  • Programs that support specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
  • Scientific research
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Individual travel to conferences and meetings
  • Social welfare projects
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization
  • Ongoing salary costs and office equipment
  • Paying to complete activities that were begun with other funds or

Programs that duplicate existing programs

Background
The U.S. Embassy Skopje Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.

Grant Details
PAS Skopje invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to-people ties between the U.S. and North Macedonia through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Eligibility Requirements
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and North Macedonia: Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; Individuals; Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; Governmental institutions. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Period of Performance
The length of the performance period is 1 to 12 months. Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

Grant Value
Total Amount Available: $100,000.00; Maximum for Each Award: $20,000.00

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 1/18/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity PAS-800-FY24-02 for Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 2024 with funding of $100,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs. It is expected that 12 total grants will be made worth between $1,000 and $20,000.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 18, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
Aug. 15, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 163 Days
Last Updated
Jan. 18, 2024, 11:12 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
Sept. 14, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and North Macedonia:• Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;• Individuals; • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; and• Governmental institutions.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$20,000
Floor
$1,000
Estimated Program Funding
$100,000
Estimated Number of Grants
12

Contacts

Contact
Aleksandar Jovanovic Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
Group email
Contact Phone
0038923102218
Additional Information
U.S. Embassy Skoje website

Documents

Posted documents for PAS-800-FY24-02

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