The U.S. Mission Morocco is pleased to announce the Public Diplomacy Grants Program for projects ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 USD.
- The objectives of the Public Diplomacy Grant Program are to promote positive relations between Morocco and the United States; to reinforce shared values; and to connect Morocco’s emerging leaders to the American people. They fund projects that:
- Help Moroccan youth build and develop skills to improve their potential through innovative science (especially environmental and health awareness), technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) programs, as well as through entrepreneurship programs and vocational training.
- Focus on educating youth and publics about current environmental issues, including crafting creative solutions to environmental challenges, green energy initiatives and energy conservation, climate change adaptation strategies, as well as action plans to deal with water scarcity exacerbated by climate change and urbanization.
- Encourage Moroccan youth to participate in civic life through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community engagement.
- Strengthen understanding of U.S. values and institutions; highlight US culture, including American Studies, English language teaching/learning, and study in the United States; as well as support diversity through the acceptance of minority groups, including individuals with special needs or handicapping conditions, and other areas of mutual interest.
- Award Ceiling: $25,000
- Award Floor: $5,000
- Programs that reinforce and amplify lessons learned by alumni of State Department-funded exchange programs (both American and Moroccan alumni)
- Youth engagement, leadership, and educational programs
- Workshops, seminars, trainings, and master classes on American themes or issues of mutual interest mentioned in the goals of the program
- Cultural programs that target youth and underserved communities
- Programs to empower women and girls
- Radio, television, and social media training and programming in support of the program objectives
- Programs that focus on climate change education, environmental protection, or sustainability
- Fees and travel costs to attend conferences or activities in the United States
- Ongoing salary costs and office equipment
- Paying to complete activities that were begun with other funds
- Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns
- Social welfare projects
- Political party activities
- Projects that support specific religious activities
- Trade activities; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; construction projects; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization itself.
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Public Diplomacy’s primary audiences include non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), associations, foundations, think tanks, national and regional media, cultural and educational leaders; underserved communities; disadvantaged populations; next generation leaders (e.g., innovators, digital influencers, content creators); and academic institutions.
- They encourage organizations working with special needs communities (visual, hearing, or speech impaired, physical disability, etc.) to apply.
- Awards to individuals will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- They encourage proposals for activities that engage geographically and demographically diverse audiences within Morocco.
- While U.S. NGOs and individuals may apply, preference is given to Moroccan NGOs or to partnerships that develop capacity with Moroccan NGOs.
- All grantees must provide proof of their non-profit status if shortlisted for Phase II submission.US Mission Morocco encourages not only diverse applicants to apply to the grants programs but would also like to see diverse target audiences and trainers.
- Diversity can be defined by different geographic regions, ethnicities, religious orientations, gender, physical disabilities including visual, hearing, speech, and other physically handicapping conditions, etc
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344465