The U.S. Embassy Harare Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
PD Harare invites proposals for projects that strengthen networks between the people of the United States and the people of Zimbabwe through exchanges highlighting the ideas and values. All programs MUST include an American component, such as an American expert engagement (physical or virtual) in Zimbabwe or Zimbabweans traveling to the United States to collaborate and exchange best practices in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of US perspectives. Projects that correspond to this year’s specific Notices Of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) and incorporate a strong American component into their design will be prioritized over other proposals.
Priority Program Areas
- PD Harare strongly encourages applicants to apply directly to 2023’s specific NOFOs to increase their chances of selection. Other projects must tie into the following themes:
- Promote democratic principles including freedom of speech; particularly if they share best practices for citizen advocacy or explore the challenges modern media houses face in a digital economy and the ethical standards needed to gain public confidence.
- Progress an inclusive economy; particularly connecting social entrepreneurs and the creative community with emerging digital markets.
- Deepen US-Zimbabwean university partnerships; particularly if they bolster stronger research capacity and explore the challenges university administrations face in today’s market.
- Deepen US-Zimbabwean professional networks through participation in conferences and rekindling alumni exchange partnerships to solve new problems.
- Foster social inclusion of underserved communities, such as disabled persons, minority ethnic groups, LGBTQI+, and those in remote rural areas.
- Length of performance period: 2-18 months
- Award amounts:
- Awards may range from a minimum of US$2,500 to a maximum of US$75,000.
- Awards for travel to participate in US conferences may not exceed $5,000.
- Awards for festivals looking to bring American talent must have free events.
- Total available funding: $250,000 USD
- PD Harare accepts applications from both the United States and Zimbabwe, while encouraging local applicants:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, trusts and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
- individuals; and/or
- Non-profit or governmental educational 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;
- Building 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; gold
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344297