The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Cyprus is pleased to announce an open competition for Federal Awards (Grants) through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, aiming to support the strengthening of ties and advancing relations between the U.S. and Cyprus.
- PAS invites proposals that strengthen ties and advance relations between the U.S. and Cyprus through programs in priority areas that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation.
Priority Program Areas
To achieve the objective of the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, grant proposals that advance the following themes will be considered:
- Academic collaboration: Promoting and facilitating linkages between U.S. and Cypriot educational institutions;
- Countering disinformation, enhancing media literacy, supporting excellence in journalism: Supporting investigative journalism and/or strengthening media and civil society’s ability to counter disinformation;
- Cultural exchanges: Promoting the exchange of culture between the United States and Cyprus;
- English language proficiency: Supporting English language teaching and learning among students and professionals;
- Science and technology cooperation: Enhancing cooperation in climate/environment, science, and STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs, especially for women and youth;
- Social inclusion: Promoting and safeguarding equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTQI+ individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities;
- Strengthening democratic institutions: Fortifying democratic processes, addressing transnational issues, and increasing civic education and participation.
- Support post-pandemic economic revival efforts: Enhancing business and entrepreneurial skills using U.S. models, creating new U.S.-Cyprus partnerships and opportunities for start-up companies, supporting social impact investment, and empowering women and young entrepreneurs;
- COVID-19 special announcement to all potential applicants: In light of the restrictive travel and public gathering environments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, where applicable, proposals are expected to include a primary or alternate plan for executing project goals through virtual engagement, as a substitute for travel or in-person gatherings. Where necessary, applicants may submit an alternate budget to correspond to virtual engagement programs.
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000
- Total available funding: $90,000
Participants and Audiences
- The Public Affairs Section will give consideration to the full range and diversity of U.S. and Cypriot non-profit organizations.
For-profit institutions, such as those registered as commercial and/or private businesses, are not eligible to receive funding.
- Priority will be given to:
- U.S. and Cypriot individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing events exchanges, and programs;
- Proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project and/or outcomes.
- Proposals that address gender parity among participants/target audiences and include engagement with underserved communities (including, but not limited to, immigrants, LGBTQI+ individuals, people with disabilities.
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334059