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U.S. Embassy Ethiopia PD Request for Statement of Interest

ID: PDS-004-FY2024 • Type: Posted

Description

The U.S. Embassy Ethiopia Public Diplomacy (PD) section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out a public engagement program. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process. Applicants must first submit a concise (2-page maximum) SOI designed to clearly communicate program idea, objectives, and an estimated budget. This is not a full proposal. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application. Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea by submitting a full proposal application. Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decisions are made.

Purpose of Small Grants: PD Ethiopia invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Ethiopia through cultural, media, and exchange programs that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element or connection with U.S. experts, organizations, or institutions that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policies, values, and perspectives.

Examples of PD grant programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, performances, and exhibitions
  • Programs developed by alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs
  • Programs that strengthen relationships between Ethiopian and U.S. universities, businesses, and/or organizations
  • Media training

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

Programs relating to partisan political activity

Charitable or development activities

Construction programs

Programs that support specific religious activities

Fund-raising campaigns

Lobbying for specific legislation or programs

Scientific research

Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or

Programs that duplicate existing programs.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is intended to inform individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions about opportunities from the Public Diplomacy section to support projects in at least one of the following thematic areas:

Efforts to support Ethiopia's economic and political reforms, including support for civil society, democracy, and governance, and/or election processes

Helping media professional, media educators, and the public learn how to discern reliable sources of information and identify mis- and disinformation. etc.

Promoting economic growth, especially via entrepreneurship, innovation, and promoting education about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

Engaging emerging and under-represented populations, including youth, women, and persons with disabilities through leadership, education, English language, culture, and other programs

Promoting tolerance and peace through reintegration and reincorporation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Promoting fair and peaceful elections

Promoting effective leadership and civic engagement

Promoting sustainable policies to protect the environment.

Background
The U.S. Embassy Ethiopia Public Diplomacy (PD) section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out a public engagement program. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application.

Grant Details
PD Ethiopia invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Ethiopia through cultural, media, and exchange programs that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. Examples of PD grant programs include academic and professional lectures, seminars, artistic and cultural workshops, performances, programs developed by alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs, programs that strengthen relationships between Ethiopian and U.S. universities, businesses, and/or organizations, and media training.
The grant does not fund programs relating to partisan political activity, charitable or development activities, construction programs, specific religious activities, fundraising campaigns, lobbying for specific legislation or programs, scientific research, or programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization.

Eligibility Requirements
The Public Diplomacy section encourages applications from U.S. and Ethiopian registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; non-profit or governmental educational institutions; individuals will be considered but priority is given to registered organizations and educational institutions with a proven track record of success.
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Period of Performance
Length of performance period: 12 to 18 months.
Anticipated programs start date: October 2024.

Grant Value
Total Amount Available: Approximately $200,000 with awards ranging from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
Exceptional proposals above $200,000 may be considered pending funding availability.

Place of Performance
The grant is intended to support projects in thematic areas such as efforts to support Ethiopia’s economic and political reforms; helping media professionals learn how to discern reliable sources of information; promoting economic growth via entrepreneurship and innovation; engaging emerging and under-represented populations; promoting tolerance and peace; fair and peaceful elections; effective leadership and civic engagement; sustainable policies to protect the environment.

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 4/2/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity PDS-004-FY2024 for U.S. Embassy Ethiopia PD Request for Statement of Interest with funding of $200,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs. It is expected that 6 total grants will be made worth between $25,000 and $100,000.

Timing

Posted Date
April 2, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
April 30, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 6 Days
Last Updated
April 2, 2024, 12:32 a.m. EDT
Version
3
Archive Date
May 30, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
The Public Diplomacy section encourages applications from U.S. and Ethiopian:• Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience• Non-profit or governmental educational institutions • Individuals will be considered, but priority is given to registered organizations and educational institutions with a proven track record of success. For-profit or commercial entities, including for-profit media organizations, are not eligible to apply.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$100,000
Floor
$25,000
Estimated Program Funding
$200,000
Estimated Number of Grants
6

Contacts

Contact
Betesaida A Teklemariam Grantor
Email Description
For Inquiries
Contact Phone
251911871980

Documents

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