Public Diplomacy Funding Opportunities

Open for Application

2018 U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Small Grants Competition

Funding Opportunity Description
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of American in Pretoria is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2018 U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Small Grants Competition.  Our long-term goal is to support the alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs in their efforts to strengthen communities by sharing information, expertise and values; mobilizing resources; and enriching relationships between South Africa and United States.  We seek proposals that advance one or more of the following:

  • Good Governance / Rule of Law
  • Human Rights, Civil Society, or NGO Management
  • Literacy / Educational Opportunity
  • Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment
  • Advancing Innovation in Science, Technology, and Health
  • Youth Leadership and Development
  • Entrepreneurship

Closing date for applications:  Friday, June 25, 2018

Eligible applicants:
Proposals must be submitted by alumni of a U.S. Government sponsored academic, cultural, or professional exchange program.  Applicants are encouraged to work in teams of at least two, with both team members being alumni of any U.S. Government Exchange Program (e.g. Fulbright, Mandela Washington Fellowship, IVLP).  Please feel free to contact the Alumni Office or Public Affairs sections at the embassy or consulates to gather information about other alumni doing similar work.


Proposals should be submitted by email to

The Regional English Language Office (RELO), based at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, announces an open competition for grant proposals to administer the English Access Microscholarship Program, known familiarly as Access.  Access provides skills-based English instruction that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects.  The program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and values.  Access South Africa reached economically-disadvantaged learners at secondary school during their grade nine and grade ten years.

The grant will fund a minimum of 360 hours of instruction over a period of eighteen to twenty-four months.    The Access program combines after-school classes, enhancement activities, and intensive sessions for approximately 25 students per class, at a cost of no more than a $40,000 U.S. per class.  Non-governmental organizations and educational institutions may submit grant proposals to design, implement, administer, and evaluate the Access program in South Africa.

Organizations may bid to implement more than one Access class/cohort, up to USD $400,000.  Bids to manage fewer than three classes/cohorts will not be accepted.

To request the complete application package, send an email to or download the documents.


Applications must be received by July 10, 2018.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa, U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available for the following project:

As part of the U.S. Mission’s commemoration of Black History Month (BHM) in February 2019, the grantee will stage a four-week (20-performance minimum) run of a thought-provoking play that is relevant to contemporary audiences and addresses the contemporary African-American experience.  Competitive proposals will involve plays written in the last 10 years. 

Objectives:  The grantee’s theatrical production program should:

(1) Raise awareness about contemporary African-American literature, culture, and/or history with South African audiences;

(2) Conduct educational outreach in connection with the production for historically disadvantaged South African youth to underscore connections between African-Americans’ struggle for equality in the United States and South Africa’s liberation struggle (examples:  matinee performances followed by facilitated discussions or school visits with cast/director, etc.);

(3) Ensure a first-hand experience of the theatrical production for historically disadvantaged youth audiences at no cost (examples:  a dedicated matinee performance for youth; theatrical performances in area schools; blocks of free tickets for high school students, etc.); and

(4) Host a gala reception on or around opening night to provide a platform for key stakeholders, including the U.S. Mission to South Africa, to raise awareness about the similar histories of the African-American and South African liberation struggles.  (Note:  By U.S. federal law, grant funds cannot be used for the purchase of alcohol.) 

Location:  The grantee’s theatrical production should run principally in Gauteng, though a split run between major theaters will be considered.  The theater(s) must have a capacity of at least 200 seats. 

Other:  The grantee may use this funding opportunity to supplement funding for large theatrical productions that achieve the aforementioned goals and objectives.

In addition to the application, institutions interested in this BHM program should submit the following:

    • A brief media outreach plan that takes into consideration
      • Amplifying the play, Black History Month themes, and their resonance in South Africa;
      • Educational outreach for youth;
      • Promoting the organization’s partnership with the U.S. Embassy; and
      • Details cooperation with the U.S. Embassy’s press office.
    • Examples of previous initiatives combining arts and educational outreach that demonstrate the organizations ability to carry out such a project.

The grantee will be responsible for all elements for the successful presentation of a theatrical performance for Black History Month, including but not limited to selecting a relevant play; obtaining the rights for the public production of that play; auditioning, selecting, and rehearsing actors; renting or providing venue; providing sets, costumes, lighting rigs, sound systems, etc. as appropriate; all communication with any and all audiences (including outreach to national and international media outlets); coordinating South African visas for any international participants, making travel arrangements for domestic and international travel, and coordinating the venue(s), lodging and food as necessary; managing all elements of a gala reception, including invitations, catering, and media.  The successful grantee will demonstrate an ability to effectively handle funds, coordinate logistics, and finalize payments in a timely manner.

The authorizing statute for this funding opportunity is the Smith-Mundt Act.

Deadline for submitting proposals:  June 1, 2018



U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg Public Affairs Section, U.S. Department of State (PAS) is pleased to announce that proposals are requested for the following project:

As part of the U.S. Mission’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic growth in South African cities, the Mission seeks grant proposals of up to $150,000.00 that devise creative and inclusive projects that promote conscientious urban revitalization in low-income urban neighborhoods through “creative placemaking” that integrates community-based arts and culture programs into community development strategies for sustainable urban transformation.

The U.S. Mission will use the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts definition of creative placemaking: “In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.”

This grant requires a partnership between a non-profit organization and a local government entity, the nature of which should be demonstrated in the grant application in the form of a memorandum of understanding or a letter of intent from a local government entity to a non-profit organization, or evidence of an already existing partnership on an in-progress project that this grant would augment.  Additional partnerships with private entities are permissible and encouraged, but do not replace the need for partnership with a local government entity.


The authorizing statute for this funding opportunity is the Smith-Mundt Act.

Deadline for submitting proposals:  June 1, 2018