U.S. Mission to Malawi Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

Grant Size $10,000 to $100,000   ,   Closing Date


The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe’s Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is now accepting proposals for the Small Grants Program that strengthen ties between the United States and Malawi through 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. policies and perspectives in Malawi.

Priority Program Areas
  • Promote good governance and rule of law

  • Facilitate and encourage growth of entrepreneurship

  • Promote gender equality to increase participation in education and improved health decision-making by adolescent girls and young women

  • Increase transparency of government activities through a more capable media

  • Support and improve conditions for vulnerable and marginalized citizens, such as the disabled, people living with albinism, and those subject to stigma or persecution

  • Prevent gender-based violence and trafficking in persons

  • Promote stronger, more numerous university partnerships between U.S. and Malawian universities

Funding Information
  • Total available funding: $200,000

  • Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000

  • Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less. PDS will entertain applications for continuation of grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a noncompetitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

Ineligible Funding
  • 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

    • Programs that duplicate existing programs


  • Eligible Applicants

    • PDS encourages applications from organizations or individuals located in Malawi, the United States, or elsewhere. Preference will be given to organizations or individuals based in Malawi during the project period.

      • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience

      • Individuals

      • 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 encouraged but not required.

  • Other Eligibility Requirements

    • Projects that address any of the priority program areas are encouraged to apply.

    • Only projects that take place in Malawi will be considered. Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization or individual, all proposals from that institution or individual will be considered ineligible for funding.

Post Date: December 15, 2023

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