The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) of the U.S. Department of State is currently inviting not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit proposals to design and implement projects which support private sector and economic growth in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza while also advancing the PAU-PD mission to advance peace and the development of a prosperous, stable, and transparent Palestinian society, economy and system of governance through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.
Working primarily at the local level and using an evidence-based approach, all proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals, contain a substantive American element, and achieve at least one of the following specific objectives:
- Improved capacities of Palestinian businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Improved capacities and actions of civil society organizations and community members to hold Palestinian public institutions and private sector institutions accountable.
- Enhanced Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem and connections established between different components and stakeholders within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Proposals may focus their activities on any of the following subjects:
- Building capacity to advocate for improvements to policy and regulations to support private sector growth
- Establishing connections and enhancing cross-border, regional and international commerce
- Creating private sector opportunities for recent graduates and young professionals
- Encouraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including through activities that include partnerships with start-ups and business incubators
- Commemorating the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week
- Developing skills and/or networks that encourage the expansion of sales and export opportunities
- Encouraging corporate social responsibility Increasing the accountability of private sector institutions
- Encouraging or developing Public-Private Partnerships
- Supporting economic empowerment for women and marginalized communities
- Building digital marketing and e-commerce skills and opportunities
- Total Amount Available: $150,000
- Length of performance period: up to 18 months
- Eligible primary applicants for grant funding must be not-for-profit Palestinian organizations or individuals based in Jerusalem, the West Bank or Gaza.
- Proposals must be submitted in English; proposals submitted in Arabic will not be considered.
- Applicants wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should send a proposal detailing:
- what they intend to do to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in this call for proposals;
- a budget narrative and detailed budget spreadsheet providing specific details on how the budget line-items will be used and what they will cover [applicants may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC) which may be used indefinitely];
- a clear monitoring, measurement and evaluation plan, stating specific and measurable indicators of success and intended method for measuring achievement of those indicators; and
- a substantive American component which facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and/or experience between Americans and Palestinians.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327957