The U.S. Embassy Bamako Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Purpose of Small Grants
PAS Bamako invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Mali by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation. All programs must advance one of the key priorities listed below, promote an element of American culture, or have a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased ties between the United States and Mali and foster understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives.
Examples of PAS Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs
- Civic engagement and social activism programs
The purpose of projects funded under the Annual Program Statement is to strengthen ties between American and Malian citizens as they work together to make progress toward the goals outlined below.
- Strengthening independent media and fighting disinformation through media literacy, training and other engagement;
- Ensuring participation of citizens, especially women and youth, in the democratic process;
- Fostering economic growth and entrepreneurship;
- Advancing anti-corruption efforts and promoting transparency and good governance;
- Promoting inclusive social development, particularly by empowering women and girls;
- Engaging underserved populations, including persons with disabilities, through art, sports, culture and other creative programs;
- Promoting tolerance and peace;
- Strengthening community resilience to extremism; and
- Promoting English language study and acquisition.
- Minimum Award: $5,000
- Maximum Award: $500,000
- Average Award: Below $25,000
- Length of Performance Period: 6 to 24 Months
For-profit or commercial entities are NOT eligible to apply. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Malian applicants from:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
- Individuals; and
- Non-profit or public educational institutions.
The following types of programs are NOT eligible for funding form the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako:
- Programs relating to partisan political activity;
- Charitable or development activities;
- Construction programs;
- Programs that support specific religious activities;
- Fund-raising campaigns;
- Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
- Scientific research;
- Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
For more information, visit https://ml.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants-programs/