U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State has announced a funding opportunity through this Annual Program Statement (APS) focused on strengthening, expanding, and celebrating U.S.-Bangladesh people-to-people ties, institutional linkages, and bilateral cooperation ahead of the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladeshi diplomatic ties in 2022.
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Proposals must focus on one of the priority areas specified below and on at least one of PAS Dhaka’s key audiences, including: youth (14-35 years old), educators, women, other minority/marginalized groups, journalists, policy makers, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs/innovators, and must include a component/element related to the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladesh diplomatic ties.
Funding Priority Areas
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- Awareness: Raising awareness of U.S.-Bangladesh relations and the importance of bilateral partnership.
- Civil Society Strengthening: Building institutional capacity of Bangladeshi non-profit, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and other civil society institutions to develop a more engaged and informed citizenry able to tackle major social challenges facing Bangladesh.
- Education: Improving student-centered teaching and soft skills training to strengthen student employability, English teaching, continuing education opportunities for teachers, teaching methods, and modernizing education systems; promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; promoting tolerance and diversity among student populations; and strengthening linkages between U.S. and Bangladeshi higher education institutions.
- Human Rights/Inclusiveness: Expanding women’s rights and empowerment, access and legal reform for disabled persons, LGBTI rights, ethnic/religious minorities’ rights; supporting freedoms of expression, press, association, religion; preventing and eliminating trafficking in persons; and strengthening rule of law.
- Inclusive Economic Growth and Prosperity: Promoting sustainable enterprises, small businesses, innovation, and the development of human capital in Bangladesh; encouraging implementation and enforcement of environmentally friendly business practices; reducing barriers to trade; strengthening intellectual property rights; improving opportunities for U.S. businesses; and promoting U.S. products and American business values.
- State Department Exchanges Alumni Network in Bangladesh: Leveraging Bangladeshi alumni of U.S. government exchange programs to achieve long-term objectives in Bangladesh through capacity building and strengthening connections through people-to-people ties and institutional linkages.
- Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $100,000
- Length of performance period: 9 to 24 months
NOTE: Applicants may submit only one proposal for each priority area. Priority will be given to proposals aimed at broad institutional and long-term impact beyond the life cycle of the grant.
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Submissions are encouraged from Bangladeshi and U.S. entities, and international organizations with relevant programming experience. Experience should be documented in the proposal. Eligible entities include:
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- Registered public or private non-profit organizations, such as think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; and
- Governmental institutions.
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328268
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