The U.S. Embassy La Paz, Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Purpose of Small Grants
- PD La Paz invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to people ties between the United States and Bolivia through cultural, educational, professional and scientific exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an U.S. cultural element, or connection with U.S. expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
- The PD Small Grants Program projects may include, but is not limited to:
- Lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;
- Professional, cultural or academic exchanges and projects (including virtual exchanges with U.S. experts or communities);
- Professional development workshops and training.
Priority Funding Areas
- The Grants Program seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Bolivia by awarding grants to non-profit organizations and individuals for projects that address the following priority areas:
- Support Bolivia’s Diversified Economy
- Projects that support Bolivia’s inclusive growth in the social, economic, cultural and educational sectors.
- Projects that promote entrepreneurship, business management, and participation in the formal economy and financial system among vulnerable, rural or marginalized populations. Projects that promote English language education in Bolivia as a tool to improve access to opportunities for Bolivian youth and marginalized communities and promote inclusive economic growth.
- Advance Gender Equality
- Projects that promote opportunities for equal representation for women and girls in a variety of fields.
- Projects that seek to mitigate gender-based violence and empower survivors of human trafficking, sexual trauma, and/or domestic violence. Proposals may include people of all genders and sexual orientations.
- Build Civil Society’s Capacity to Address Climate Change and Sustainably Manage Bolivia’s Natural Resources
- Projects aimed at supporting Bolivian communities’ efforts to combat illegal mining; to prevent human, wildlife and antiquities trafficking; to slow the effects of climate change and reduce environmental spillage or pollution.
- Support Freedom of Speech and the Press
- Projects related to freedom of the press that improve the quality of investigative journalism and transparency and enhance accountability and freedom of expression. Projects that seek to improve media literacy and enhance public capacity to recognize disinformation.
- Strengthen U.S.-Bolivian Partnerships through Public Diplomacy Programs
- Projects that strengthen lasting partnerships between citizens of the United States and Bolivia, especially outside major urban areas.
- Projects that support educational exchange, the internationalization of higher education, and U.S.-Bolivia partnerships in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) among Bolivian youth.
- Priority will be given to projects that encourage social development and help reduce inequality, especially among marginalized populations.
- Support Bolivia’s Diversified Economy
- Awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $40,000.
- Length of performance period: 2 to 24 months.
- Eligible Applicants: The U.S. Embassy La Paz Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U.S. or Bolivian citizens and/or organizations, including:
- Registered public and private non-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.
- Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing is not required but is encouraged. When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal.
- The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
- Programs relating to partisan political activity;
- Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Bolivian nor American;
- Charitable, humanitarian, social welfare, or development activities;
- Construction projects;
- Programs that support specific religious activities;
- Trade activities.
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.