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U.S. Embassy Moscow, Public Affairs Section FY 2024 Annual Program Statement (APS)

ID: DOSRUS-24-GR-001 • Type: Posted

Description

BACKGROUND: The United States government has unequivocally condemned the Russian government's aggressive foreign policy, which culminated in the February 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, the United States respects the Russian people and their contributions to science, culture, and constructive bilateral relations over many decades and who face systematic repression of their fundamental freedoms by their own government. The people-to-people connections between our countries have weathered challenging times in the past, and remain the bedrock upon which a future, more constructive relationship could emerge. In that spirit, the United States supports people-to-people engagements, exchange programs, and other initiatives that promote interaction between the Russian and American people with the aim of keeping the door open to that better future. We continue to welcome individual Russian students, scholars, and civil society members to our country and our academic institutions to learn about American people, values, and institutions firsthand.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Moscow Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) announces funding is available through our Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This APS outlines our funding priorities, strategic themes, and the procedure for submitting requests for funding. Applications for programs are accepted until the deadline of pril 10, 2024. The U.S. Embassy will not accept applications under the 2024 NOFO after that deadline.

Please carefully follow all instructions below. Please use the grant application mandatory forms and consider using the proposal and budget templates found on our website sidebar.

Purpose of Public Diplomacy Grants: PDS Moscow invites proposals for projects that support future constructive relations and reinforce ties between the American and Russian people. All grant proposals must convey an element of U.S. history, culture, or values. Competitive proposals should support a priority program area (see below). Competitive proposals should also include a connection with U.S. expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s that will promote increased cooperation between the people of the United States and Russia even after the program has finished.

Priority Programming Areas:

Media & Information: Projects that promote an understanding of freedom of the press, good journalistic practices, increased access to information, and improved media and digital literacy for the Russian people;

Sharing America: Projects that promote an understanding of the American values of democracy, freedom of expression, and an open society, as well as proposals that increase the understanding of America's diverse cultures and groups;

Empowering Women & Minorities: Projects that support the rights of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities;

Environment & Space: Projects that promote improvements, innovation, advancement, and collaboration in the areas of space and the environment;

English Language Learning & Teaching: Projects that support innovative, interactive teaching and learning of the English language. Projects that support ongoing efforts of the Regional English Language Office will be especially welcome (https://ru.usembassy.gov/education-culture/english-language-office/).

The following types of projects are NOT eligible for funding:

Projects relating to partisan political activity;

Charitable or development activities;

Construction projects;

Commercial projects;

Projects that support specific religious activities;

Fundraising campaigns;

Lobbying for specific legislation or projects;

Competitions where the prize is the only outcome of the program;

Scientific research and/or surveys; or

Projects that duplicate existing projects.

Authorizing legislation, type, and year of funding:

Funding authority rests primarily in Fulbright-Hayes or Smith-Mundt FY2024 Public Diplomacy funding, as well as other funding sources. All programming is subject to the statutory limitations of the funding determined and availability of funds.

Background
The United States government has unequivocally condemned the Russian government’s aggressive foreign policy, which culminated in the February 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, the United States respects the Russian people and their contributions to science, culture, and constructive bilateral relations over many decades. The people-to-people connections between our countries have weathered challenging times in the past, and remain the bedrock upon which a future, more constructive relationship could emerge. In that spirit, the United States supports people-to-people engagements, exchange programs, and other initiatives that promote interaction between the Russian and American people with the aim of keeping the door open to that better future.

Grant Details
The U.S. Embassy Moscow Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) announces funding is available through our Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This APS outlines our funding priorities, strategic themes, and the procedure for submitting requests for funding. Applications for programs are accepted until the deadline of April 10, 2024. The U.S. Embassy will not accept applications under the 2024 NOFO after that deadline. The purpose of Public Diplomacy Grants is to support future constructive relations and reinforce ties between the American and Russian people. All grant proposals must convey an element of U.S. history, culture, or values. Competitive proposals should support priority program areas such as Media & Information, Sharing America, Empowering Women & Minorities, Environment & Space, and English Language Learning & Teaching.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility is limited to recipients qualified to receive U.S. grants and able to develop and implement programs with persons within the Russian Federation and/or programs that incorporate communities maintaining ties to people living in Russia. Preference will be given to programs implemented in the Russian Federation or directly reaching people living in Russia. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, commercial educational and cultural organizations with not-for-profit activities, museums, national parks, nature reserves, and individuals.

Period of Performance
The length of performance period is up to 24 months with an anticipated project start date from August 1, 2024.

Grant Value
The total available funding is yet to be determined with awards ranging from $25,000 – $200,000 for organizations and $25,000 – $50,000 for individuals.

Place of Performance
The primary audience of projects must be Russian citizens with projects furthering mutual understanding between Russia and the United States.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 2/22/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity DOSRUS-24-GR-001 for U.S. Embassy Moscow, Public Affairs Section FY 2024 Annual Program Statement (APS). The grant will be issued under grant program 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 22, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
April 24, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 8 Days
Last Updated
March 20, 2024, 10:56 a.m. EDT
Version
2
Archive Date
May 10, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
Eligibility is limited to recipients qualified to receive U.S. grants and able to develop and implement programs with persons within the Russian Federation and/or programs that incorporate communities maintaining ties to people living in Russia. Preference will be given to programs implemented in the Russian Federation or directly reaching people living in Russia. These include:• Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, educational institutions, civil society organizations, and individuals carrying out programs in support of civil society; • Commercial educational and cultural organizations with not-for-profit activities;• Museums, national parks, and nature reserves, and;• Individuals.For-profit or commercial entities are NOT eligible to apply.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$500,000
Floor
$25,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Greta L Gromovich Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
For Inquiries
Contact Phone
(703) 225-8592

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