The U.S. Embassy Zambia Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen ties and build relationships between the United States and Zambia.
- PAS invites proposals from non-profit and non-governmental organizations for projects that support core U.S. government priorities in Zambia, including promoting democracy and good governance, building inclusive economic prosperity, strengthening health systems, and advancing peace and security.
- Successful proposals will include a component that relates to the United States. This could be a component that promotes participation in U.S. exchange programs and sharing of experiences during U.S. exchange programs, sharing of models and ideas learned during U.S. exchange programs, promotion of U.S. culture and values, or components that promote a better understanding of the United States. Successful proposals will clearly describe the U.S. component of the program.
- Successful proposals will clearly define the anticipated results of the program, when results will be expected, and how the U.S. Embassy can measure the anticipated results. Successful grantees will proactively show progress towards results through regular reporting to the U.S. Embassy. U.S. Embassy officials will visit project activities regularly to monitor progress.
Priority Program Areas
- Promoting inclusion of people with disabilities and from other underserved or marginalized groups through sports, civic engagement, economic activity, and other aspects of society.
- Promoting political awareness and participation among the public and/or among youth;
- Promoting civic education and youth participation in civics, democratic processes, volunteerism, and community service;
- Promoting democracy and accountability through film or the arts;
- Fostering press freedom, independent media, professionalism in the media, including through journalism training programs;
- Combatting corruption;
- Empowerment of women and youth;
- Promoting entrepreneurship and business development;
- Human rights;
- Promoting sports diplomacy or a shared interest in sports; and
- Increasing Zambians’ pursuit of higher education in the United States
- Length of performance period: up to 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: at least two
- Award amounts: Minimum of $5,000 and maximum of $25,000
- Anticipated program start date: September 1, 2022
Examples of potential small grants programs include, but are not limited to, programs that:
- Help Zambian young people, especially young women and others from marginalized groups, explore and discover their potential through innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, as well as entrepreneurship programs.
- Help young people participate in civic life through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community engagement.
- Support young people, especially those from marginalized communities, to build advocacy and communications skills to successfully advocate for their priorities with government and other decision-makers.
- Support government transparency and accountability.
- Equip emerging community leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to grow their organizations or to enhance their engagement with youth audiences.
- Promote the development and application of new technologies and innovative solutions to economic, environmental, and social challenges. Projects could connect U.S. technology or public policy experts with Zambian peers or foster the application of American technology and innovations to address challenges in Zambian communities.
- Support civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing a vibrant and prosperous democratic society through programs that strengthen NGO management, enhance the skills of early to mid-career NGO/CSO professionals, strengthen networks between NGO/CSO professionals in the United States and Zambia, or demonstrate to the public the positive role CSOs play in advancing a prosperous, healthy, and informed society.
The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
- Programs relating to partisan political activity;
- Charitable or development activities;
- Construction 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; or
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
Participants and Audiences
- Programs may be geared to a variety of audiences, depending on the topic. Proposals will be evaluated based on a well-reasoned strategy for the intended audience, as well as appropriate inclusivity, whether based on gender, religion, age, or disability.
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions Applicants should be able to document their experience implementing similar projects.
- For profit businesses or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.