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The U.S. Embassy Windhoek 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.
PDS Windhoek invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Namibia 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.
Examples of PDS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:
Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;
Professional and academic exchanges and programs;
Programs developed by an alumnus/a of a U.S.-sponsored or supported educational or professional exchange program;
Municipal and regional libraries or councils that host an American Space or would like to conduct outreach programs related to the United States;
American Spaces youth entrepreneurship training;
Programs that engage alumni of U.S. State Department exchange programs in any of the activities.
Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations.
Directly support U.S. policies, strategies, and objectives in a country as stated in the Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) (ICS is the four-year strategy that articulates the U.S. priorities in a given country and is led by the Chief of Mission.) These priorities are Empowering an Inclusive, Rules-Based Democracy, Catalyzing a Resilient, Sustainable Economy and Cultivating Equitable Access to Service to help Unleash Namibia’s Human Resources.
Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas, or post-disaster cultural heritage recovery.
Complement the Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) or Public Diplomacy programs.
NOFO Amount Maximum: $50,000
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000
Length of performance period: 1 month to 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: Five awards (dependent on amounts and funding availability)
Public Diplomacy Grant Programs should have as primary participants and audience the Namibian public, to include: the public in a specific community; students, learners, educators, and academics; education institutions; civil society organizations; arts and culture organizations and institutions.
The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
Programs relating to partisan political activity;
Charitable or development activities;
Programs that support specific religious activities;
Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
Programs that duplicate existing programs.
The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U.S. and Namibia:
Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
American entities applying should demonstrate expertise in the Namibian context
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
Post Date: January 16, 2024
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