The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State (hereafter referred to as “PAS POS”) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
PAS POS invites proposals that further contribution to the three pillars of bilateral collaboration between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago (TT): Security, Accountable Governance, and Inclusive Growth. All programs must include significant use of and meet the programmatic requirements of the American Center in U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain.
Programs may be in-person, virtual or hybrid. Proposals must include a clear plan to measure and evaluate the impact of the program; proposals that fail to include a monitoring and evaluation plan will not be considered. The U.S. Government is committed to programs and activities that advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility.
- PAS POS’s Priority Program Areas for the American Center:
- Support programs that address root causes of gang membership and violent extremism and provide alternatives to criminal involvement.
- Support programs focused on transparency and accountability.
- Support anti-corruption efforts and investigative journalism.
- Support programs promoting transparency, accountability, e-governance, and strengthening democratic institutions.
- Support programs that support Venezuelan refugees living in TT.
- Support programs that enhance opportunities and protections for vulnerable communities, including refugees, women, children, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQI+ community.
- Support programs that advance protection and quality of life for persons with disabilities.
- Support local civil society organizations to strengthen diversity and rights for vulnerable and marginalized people, including members of the LGBTQI+ community, victims of gender-based violence, refugees and migrant populations, and persons with disabilities.
- Inclusive Growth:
- Support programs that contribute to sustainable, inclusive, and equitable economic growth.
- Support programs that improve transparency and public asset management, and more efficient business practices.
- Promote science cooperation for better natural resource stewardship to mitigate impacts of climate change, strengthen resilience against climate change, and create conditions to lower carbon emissions.
- Support programs that advance smart agriculture methods to counter climate change aggravated risks and increase food security.
- Length of performance period: up to 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 7 awards (dependent on award amounts)
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $2,340
- Total available funding: $16,380
- Type of Funding: Fiscal Year FY2022 Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs and
- Appropriation Overseas Grants.
- Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2022
Participants and Audiences
- In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will consider the full range and diversity of Trinibagonian and U.S. organizations. The Public Affairs Section will also seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences throughout both islands.
- American and Trinbagonian individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and educational events and programs will receive preference. Strong proposals will include impact assessment, in addition to results/evaluation, at the conclusion of the grant period.
- Proposals from non-profits and/or NGOs, academic institutions, U.S. Embassy exchange program alumni and social enterprises with offices headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago will be given preference. Please note they will also accept applications from U.S.-based institutions, but they must show that they have already obtained on-the ground support from a local organization.
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://tt.usembassy.gov/request-grant-proposals/