U.S. Embassy Colombo: 2018 Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Sri Lanka

Deadline: 16 February 2018

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) is seeking applications for its 2018 Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Sri Lanka.

Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals.

Program Goals

  • Promote reconciliation, through programs which promote social integration among all segments of society; encourage participatory processes between citizens and government; strengthen partnerships to give communities a greater voice in government and society.
  • Improve respect for human rights, through programs which strengthen democratic values; enhance awareness and protection of religious freedom and human rights principles; and encourage gender equality.
  • Improve respect for and application of freedom of expression, through programs that promote a free and open media; strengthen understanding of social media; empower journalists through training (including ethics, investigative techniques, and English language).

Funding Information

  • Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $15,000 USD
  • Average Award Amounts: $24,000 USD

Activities

Activities that are typically funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Youth engagement, leadership, and education programs;
  • Programs that promote gender equality and the rights of girls and women;
  • Programs that build the capacity of civil society;
  • New media concepts aimed at reaching wide audiences;
  • Radio, television, social media, and film programming in support of the above three goals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants:
    • The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals.
    • All grantees must have a non-profit status.
  • Cost sharing or Matching:
    • Applicants are encouraged to provide cost-sharing from additional sources in support of their projects.
    • The U.S. Embassy also encourages projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost-sharing. Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and role of volunteers.

How to Apply

To receive consideration for funding, applicants must forward electronic copies of all required documentation via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Sri Lanka

For more information, please visit Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Sri Lanka.

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