The U.S. Embassy in Amman Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Purpose of Grants
- PAS Amman invites proposals from U.S. and Jordanian not-for-profit civil society organizations, think tanks, cultural and arts organizations, government institutions, and academic institutions for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Jordan through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. 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. Particular consideration will be given to programs with strategic and sustained activities for a duration of 12-18 months, as well as to applications that integrate multiple aspects of U.S. public diplomacy (e.g. American Spaces, Regional English Language Office, youth and opinion leaders, alumni outreach, etc.)
- Examples of PAS Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, performances, exhibitions, or activities to develop the creative economy and film industry in Jordan;
- Workshops, training, and competitions to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Jordan and promote inclusive economic growth;
- Sports workshops, joint athletic competitions, or sports management training;
- Programs that encourage skills building or technology education for youth – particularly with new and emerging information and communications technology;
- Professional and academic exchanges and programs;
- Activities that build digital literacy and counter misinformation/disinformation among Jordanian audiences;
- Workshops or training focused on English language learning or training for teachers of English;
- Training, professional opportunities, or educational activities that promote climate awareness, conservation, or climate action – especially in water security.
Priority Program Areas
- Priority will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following program areas:
- U.S.-Jordan Bilateral Relationship: Programs that seek to promote a greater understanding of U.S. policies, culture, and society to Jordanian audiences; activities that promote shared values and interests between the American and Jordanian people; and projects that build people-to-people ties. Particular consideration will be given to activities that promote that 75th anniversary of U.S.-Jordanian bilateral relations.
- Regional Security: Programs that address issues of regional security and enhanced stability, strengthen community resilience to extremism and/or provide opportunities to vulnerable communities (especially women and youth), or increase public understanding of the U.S.-Jordan security partnership.
- Inclusive Economic Growth: Programs related to skill building and upskilling Jordan’s large, tech-savvy youth workforce through entrepreneurship and economic training and education, vocational skills building, education to employment training, and experiential learning activities that promote innovation-driven economic growth and inclusion of Jordanian women and youth in the country’s workforce and leadership.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Programs that promote civic engagement and volunteerism, encourage a deepened understanding of diversity and inclusion in Jordan, and support tolerance and equity of others through inclusive, constructive, public discourse.
- Climate Action: Programs that increase awareness of the destabilizing impacts of climate change (especially water scarcity) and that encourage climate education and mitigation.
- Higher Education: Programs that promote study in the United States, the building of linkages between American and Jordanian academic institutions, and training opportunities for Jordanian students or faculty.
- Countering Disinformation/Misinformation: Programs that build media and digital literacy, promote resilience among the Jordanian audiences against disinformation, and raise awareness of the importance of countering mis/disinformation.
- Total available funding: $500,000, pending availability of funds
- Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000
- Length of performance period: Performance periods are based on the needs of the project, although proposed programs should generally be completed in 12 to 18 months.
- Number of awards anticipated: 3-10 awards (dependent on amounts)
- Anticipated program start date: March 1, 2024 – October 1, 2024
Participants and Audiences
- All programs should target audiences in Jordan. Proposals should describe both the primary and secondary audiences for the program, including age, gender, geographic location, and numbers anticipated to be reached. Primary audiences are those who will participate directly in the program, and secondary audiences include those reached indirectly – for example, via social media or traditional media.
- Specific audiences are considered a priority for awards funded under this APS include:
- Young leaders who are 18-35 years-old;
- Women and girls;
- Minority, peripheral, and/or underrepresented communities (including persons with disabilities);
- Entrepreneurs and those involved in strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem, such as the film industry, the tourism sector, and the creative economy in Jordan;
- Changemakers across Jordan’s 12 governorates (especially audiences residing outside of Amman);
- Emerging Jordanian voices in non-traditional fields;
- English language educators (primary, secondary, and tertiary levels).
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Jordanian:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience.
- Individuals: Individuals can apply for up to $150,000
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- 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;
- Projects seeking funds for personal use; or
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.