The Africa Regional Services based in Paris (ARS) of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs has announced an open competition for U.S. citizen individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to be considered for a small grant as a guest speaker or artist to conduct outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in sub Saharan Africa.
Priority Program Areas
- Disability rights and awareness and inclusion
- Freedom of Expression/Citizen Journalism
- Countering Gender Based Violence
- Good Governance/Rule of Law
- Human Rights
- News Media Business Management
- Journalism skills and World Press Freedom
- NGO/Civic Leadership
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- Transparency and Accountability
- Public Management
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Countering Disinformation
- Countering Violent Extremism
- Preventing International Trafficking in Persons
- Energy Security
- Wildlife Protection/ Illegal fishing/ judicial aspects of wildlife trafficking
- STEAM (science technology engineering arts and math)
- Youth Empowerment
- Women’s Leadership
- Arts Management
- Climate Change
- Space policy
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions
- Environment and waste management
- Length of performance period: 1-12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 20-75 awards depending on amounts and requests
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $10,000
- Total available funding: $80,000
Participants & Audiences
- ARS in coordination with U.S. embassy public affairs sections in sub-Sahara Africa seek to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of society with the goal of broadening support for, and understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values.
- Eligible Applicants:
- American citizen individuals who can lead programs within their area of expertise in French, Portuguese, or Spanish based in the U.S., Africa, Brazil and Europe
- Proof of citizenship by U.S. passport; U.S. green card holders if part of a performing artist group
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- Cost Sharing or Matching:
- Cost sharing is not required.
- Other Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants may submit one SOI.
- Individuals are required to have a Social Security Number in order to comply with Internal Revenue Services reporting requirements.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331816