U.S. Embassy Eswatini Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement

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Deadline: 1 August 2019

The U.S. Embassy Eswatini Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is currently inviting individuals and organizations to submit applications for funding through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

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PAS Mbabane invites proposals for programs that provide Swati audiences with current, accurate information and opportunities for increased understanding of U.S. policies, government, society, history, and culture. 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.

Eligible U.S. or Swati citizens and non-profit organizations are invited to propose projects up to $15,000 that include an American component, and promote one or more of the goals outlined below. Project activities must take place in Eswatini and must be completed within 18 months.

Goals

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Through the FY2019 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, PAS aims to:

  • Counter transnational threats and foster American security
  • Promote prosperity and good governance
  • Advance public health, human rights, and dignity

Objectives

  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth
    • A continuum of activities that support innovation and entrepreneurship, in particular startups in the social entrepreneurship space that are sustainable and contribute to job creation; activities that encourage trade and investment and other partner relationships between entities in the United States and Eswatini to promote economic growth and prosperity.
  • Education
    • Activities that promote quality higher education (including TVET college education), collaboration between U.S. and Eswatini higher educational institutions, skills training, leadership and soft skills development, workforce and technical skills development, sharing of common values and inspiration, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and general awareness of international standards and trends in education.
  • Good Governance / Citizen Participation in Democracy
    • Activities aimed at promoting accountability, transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness in local, municipal, provincial, and national governments; freedom of speech; a free and responsible media, voter participation, and civic responsibility.
  • Human Rights and Dignity
    • Activities that encourage women’s empowerment and gender equality, respect for underserved and underrepresented individuals, empower marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and encourage social inclusion, access to resources, and fundamental human rights for all.

Funding Information

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  • Length of performance period: Up to 18 months
  • Number of awards anticipated: 3 awards (dependent on amounts)
  • Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,500 to a maximum of $15,000
  • Total available funding: $20,000
  • Anticipated program start date: August 2019

Eligible Applicants

  • The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
    • Individuals
    • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
    • Governmental institutions
  • For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Cost Sharing or Matching
    • Cost sharing is encourage but not required.
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted by email at the address given on the website.

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For more information, please visit https://sz.usembassy.gov/embassy/mbabane/u-s-grant-fund-opportunities/public-affairs-fy2016-annual-grants-program-statement/

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