U.S. Embassy Colombo announces 2019 Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Sri Lanka

Deadline: 1 August 2019

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) has announced that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy grants program for awards.

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Grants intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals.  To receive funding, grants must support one of the following goals:

  • Promoting peace, democracy, reconciliation and human rights.
  • Promoting economic empowerment, good governance and rule of law.
  • Programs promoting Sri Lanka as a free, open and secure partner.

Award Information

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Average Award Amounts: $24,000 USD

 Programs typically funded include, but not limited to:

  • Youth engagement
  • Leadership skills
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality and the rights of girls and women
  • Integrity of free press
  • Capacity building of civil society
  • Interfaith dialogue

Activities not typically funded include, but are not limited to:

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  • Projects that do not have a plan for sustaining the activity or monitoring results
  • Social welfare or development projects
  • Projects primarily designed to cover organizational salaries or to cover only an organization’s logistical costs (e.g. rent/mortgage payments, room rental, coffee breaks, etc.)
  • Costs to complete activities begun with other funding
  • Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries
  • Political party, military activities or construction
  • Projects that support specific religious activities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Applicants:
    • The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals.   All grantees must have a non-profit status.
  • Cost sharing or Matching:
    • Applicants are encouraged to provide cost sharing from additional sources in support of their projects. The U.S. Embassy also encourage projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and role of volunteers.

Funding Restrictions

The following activities and costs not covered under this announcement:

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  • Construction is not an allowable activity under this award;
  • Activities that appear partisan or that support individual or party electoral campaigns;
  • Military assistance of any kind;
  • Duplication of services immediately available through municipal, provincial, or national government;
  • Expenses made prior to the approval of a proposal or unreasonable expenditures not reimbursed.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit application template, detailed budget template, and other documentation via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://lk.usembassy.gov/embassy/grant-opportunities/

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