The U.S. Embassy BURKINA FASO 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: PAS Burkina Faso invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and BURKINA FASO through cultural and exchange 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. policy and perspectives.
Priority Program Areas
- Programs to bolster understanding and practices of Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance. This may include projects that encourage participation in civil society promotion, especially for women, religious minorities, and youth.
- Programs that seek to promote a better understanding of diversity, inclusion, religious freedom, gender rights, persons with disabilities, underrepresented or otherwise disadvantaged communities, and other aspects of human rights.
- Creative programs that advance one or more of the priority areas to include but not be limited to, economic empowerment, and youth development, peace and security.
- Programs promoting English Language Capacity through projects that encourage the usage and learning of English language as a tool for civic and economic development.
- Programs that increase transparency, media professionalism, access to diverse sources of news. Projects may develop Burkinabe media, fact-checking and research for journalists or media consumers, capitalize on social media use for greater transparency, and/or expand such programs beyond the capital and secondary cities.
- Total Amount Available: $300,000 Pending Funding Availability)
- Maximum for Each Award: $25,000 (Exceptional proposals above $25,000 may be granted funds pending availability of funding)
- Length of performance period: up to 12 months
Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs 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;
- Professional and academic exchanges and programs;
- Civic education projects that promote democratic processes and human rights;
- New media concepts projects aimed at reaching wider audiences;
- Youth community service projects that promote democratic processes and encourage volunteerism;
- Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contacts with alumni of their exchange programs.
- PAS Burkina Faso’s target audiences include national and regional media; NGOs and think tanks; underserved communities; universities; government officials (state, district, and municipal officials; policy makers, civilservants); cultural and educational leaders; next generation leaders (e.g., innovators, digital influencers, campus leaders). All proposals should focus on engaging Burkinabe in Burkina Faso. Proposals will be evaluated based on a well-reasoned strategy for the intended audience, as well as appropriate inclusivity, whether based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Burkina Faso with Burkina Faso as the implementing country base
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
- 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;
- Profit-generating projects;
- Scholarships to support educational opportunities or study for individuals. Individuals interested in educational exchange or study opportunities in the United States.
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso.