Africa Regional Services Paris Statement of Interest: Small Grants for International Visitors Leadership Program Alumni

Department of State Africa Regional Services
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Fellowships

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AF-PDPA-FY21-04

Africa Regional Services based in Paris (ARS) branch of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs announces an open competition for organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to apply for a small grant in order to carry out a program in line with ARS’ strategic themes in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. Please carefully follow all instructions below. The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process. Applicants must first submit a concise two-page statement of interest designed to clearly communicate the program idea and objectives and basic budget. This is not a full proposal. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application. Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application. Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decision are made. Priority Region: sub-Saharan Africa; programs in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish Program Objectives: ARS invites statements of interest with proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and sub-Sahara African countries through virtual and in-person programs that highlight shared values and promote an understanding of U.S. policies and institutions, as well as the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. All programs must include an American cultural element, and/or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, institution/s or material content that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Examples of ARS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to: Professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs Artistic and cultural workshops and masterclasses Development of podcasts, online courses, radio or other remote learning opportunities Priority Program Areas: 1. Governance: Projects promoting democratic principles, improved and inclusive governance, transparency, human rights, religious freedom, empowerment of marginalized groups, voter participation, civic education, civil society. 2. Prosperity: Promote shared economic prosperity and stability through funding proposals that foster equitable and transparent economies, reinforce shared values of entrepreneurship and innovation, promote economic opportunities and empowerment of underserved communities and youth, and explore the management of cultural resources and promoting the arts. 3. Security: Projects promoting peace and security, rule of law, fostering tolerance, preventing radicalization to violence, improving mutual understanding between groups, community policing; building lasting partnerships that bridge tribal, religious, and regional divides; wildlife protection, and resilience to climatic shocks and human security due to environmental threats. 4. Journalism: Projects promoting a professional and independent media, role of informed citizens in a democracy, media literacy, ethical journalism, new media business management. 5. Community health: Projects teaching cyber security, internet protections for children, advancing health cooperation and creating a healthy society through collaborative solutions to existing and emerging health concerns. Participants and Audiences: The proposal should define the country or region in sub-Sahara Africa for your proposed project, the audience as general public, decision makers, civil society leaders, opinion shapers and at which level (minister, schools, public, professionals etc) and what outcome you anticipate from them following your program. Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding: Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt. The source of funding is FY21 Public Diplomacy Funding. Eligible Applicants Applications should come from International Visitor Leadership Program Alumni in U.S. and Europe whose work is focused on Africa. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION Applicants may email their SOI to arsspeaker@state.gov Please follow all instructions below carefully. SOIs that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible. Content of SOI must include: A brief project description (1-2 pages) summarizing goals, objectives, outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and proposed budget and timeline. A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds. CV or resume of the applicant in English (not part of the 1-2 page proposal) Documents in English The anticipated total budget amount (in U.S. dollars) Font Times New Roman size 12 Submission Dates and Times Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of August 24, 2021 (11:59 p.m., Eastern Time). No applications will be accepted after that date. An email response will be sent within two weeks of the decision meeting stating whether the applicant should either continue the application process or not. Funding Restrictions 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 or social research; Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; Programs that duplicate existing programs; English-learning programs. A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible SOI at that time against the criteria listed above. Each SOI is reviewed individually against the criteria and not against competing SOIs. Panelists will only review the up to the two-page limit of the SOI and no further. The panel may provide conditions and/or recommendations on SOIs to enhance the proposed program. Conditions must be addressed, and recommendations should be addressed in a full proposal application. 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Posted on:

Application Deadline:

Expired

Type

Fellowships

Reference Number

AF-PDPA-FY21-04

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