The U.S. Embassy Kampala Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Objectives and Project Outcomes
- The objectives of the Public Diplomacy Grant Program are to promote understanding and foster positive relations between the people of Uganda and the United States; reinforce shared values on the topics listed; and connect high potential Ugandan youth and young professionals (aged 16 to 35) as well as established professional leaders to the American people. 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.
Priority Program Areas
- Strengthen media practitioners and institutions with U.S. principles and methods for achieving free, accurate, and objective media practices.
- Strengthen media practitioners and consumers ability to detect and combat mis/disinformation.
- Foster shared U.S. values on civic engagement and democratic principles among youth and young professionals, including civic education programs.
- Link Americans and Ugandans to foster increased awareness of effects and solutions to address climate change.
- Increase Ugandans’ awareness of and appreciation for USG engagement with Uganda.
- Increase knowledge of STEM skills, particularly for young girls and women and gain appreciation for U.S. leadership in these areas
- Increase business skills for young entrepreneurs and gain appreciation for deep U.S. experience in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.
- Strengthen ties between U.S. and Ugandan institutes of higher education.
- Total available funding: $200,000
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $40,000
- Length of performance period: 1-12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 1-4 awards (dependent on amounts)
- Anticipated program start date: September- December 2024
- Types of activities that may be considered for funding include, but are not limited to:
- Programs that reinforce and amplify lessons learned by alumni of State Department-funded exchange programs (both American and Ugandan alumni).
- Youth engagement and leadership programs.
- Workshops, seminars, trainings, and master classes on American themes or issues of mutual interest mentioned in the above goals of the program.
- Programs to empower young women.
- Radio, television, and social media training and programming in support of the above program objectives.
- Programs designed as a partnership between a Ugandan and U.S. organization.
- Initiatives in support of the above program objectives that make creative use of the Mission’s American Center in Kampala or Nile Explorer bus, a mobile classroom that provides extracurricular learning opportunities in STEM and other subjects through visits to underserved communities across Uganda.
- Activities that are not considered for funding include, but are not limited to:
- Social welfare, community development, or vocational skilling projects,
- Fees and travel costs to attend conferences in the United States,
- Ongoing salary costs and office equipment,
- Paying to complete activities begun with other funds,
- Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns.
- The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U.S. and Ugandan individuals and organizations:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience.
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Uganda.