The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that they are accepting proposals for the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Purpose of Small Grants
- PDS invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Malawi through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives in Malawi.
- Examples of programs implemented through the PDS Small Grants Program include, but are not limited to:
- U.S. experts conducting lectures, seminars, or speaking tours with Malawian audiences
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions
- Professional and academic exchanges and programs
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs
- Programs developed by an alumnus/a of a U.S. sponsored or supported educational or professional exchange program
- Initiatives aimed at maintaining contact with alumni of U.S. exchange programs
- Projects to promote English language teaching skills or widen access to books and other sources of information about the United States
- Promote good governance and rule of law
- Facilitate and encourage growth of entrepreneurship
- Promote gender equality to increase participation in education and improved health decision-making by adolescent girls and young women
- Increase transparency of government activities through a more capable media
- Support and improve conditions for vulnerable and marginalized citizens, such as the disabled, people living with albinism, and those subject to stigma or persecution
- Prevent gender-based violence and trafficking in persons
- Promote stronger, more numerous university partnerships between U.S. and Malawian universities
- Note: PDS will only consider proposals that contain a significant American component or aspect. This could include, but is not limited to, an American expert as a speaker, using curriculum developed by a U.S. institution, or projecting an American film.
- Total available funding: $200,000
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000
- Length of performance period: 12 months or less
- PDS encourages applications from organizations or individuals located in Malawi, the United States or elsewhere. Preference will be given to organizations or individuals based in Malawi during the project period.
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- Cost sharing is encouraged but not required.
- Projects that address any of the priority program areas are encouraged to apply.
- Only projects that take place in Malawi will be considered.
- Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization or individual, all proposals from that institution or individual will be considered ineligible for funding.
- To be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have the registrations required. Individuals are not required to be registered.
For more information, visit https://mw.usembassy.gov/public-diplomacy-small-grants-program/