The Africa Regional Services based Paris (ARS) branch 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 organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to apply for a Small Grant.
The ARS invites statements of interest with proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and sub-Sahara African countries through virtual and in-person programs that highlight shared values and promote an understanding of U.S. policies and institutions, as well as the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise.
All programs must include an American cultural element, and/or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, institution/s or material content that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Priority Program Areas
- Governance: Projects promoting democratic principles, improved and inclusive governance, transparency, human rights, religious freedom, empowerment of marginalized groups, voter participation, civic education, civil society.
- Prosperity: Promote shared economic prosperity and stability through funding proposals that foster equitable and transparent economies, reinforce shared values of entrepreneurship and innovation, promote economic opportunities and empowerment of underserved communities and youth, and explore the management of cultural resources and promoting the arts.
- Security: Projects promoting peace and security, rule of law, fostering tolerance, preventing radicalization to violence, improving mutual understanding between groups, community policing; building lasting partnerships that bridge tribal, religious, and regional divides; wildlife protection, and resilience to climatic shocks and human security due to environmental threats.
- Journalism: Projects promoting a professional and independent media, role of informed citizens in a democracy, media literacy, ethical journalism, new media business management.
- Community health: Projects teaching cyber security, internet protections for children, advancing health cooperation and creating a healthy society through collaborative solutions to existing and emerging health concerns.
- Length of performance period: approximately 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: dependent on amounts of requests
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $2000 to a maximum of $25,000
- Total available funding: $40,000
Participants & Audiences
- ARS in coordination with U.S. Embassy public affairs sections in sub-Saharan 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.
ARS encourages applications from U.S. and Europe:
- U.S. registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
- U.S. citizen individuals
- U.S. non-profit educational institutions
- Europe-based foundations or not-for-profit organizations with a focus on Africa
For more information, visit Grants.gov.