Our Small Grants Program
The 2016 Small Grants Program offered by the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa is now closed.
Please watch this space for information on our 2017 program.
Projects Supported in 2016
University of Cape Town – Thethani Debating League
Debate coaching workshops and tournaments
Visit by this musical group to South Africa
South Africa Washington-Internship Program
Debriefing weekend for SAWIP Team after its seven-month leadership development program in S.A. and the U.S.
University of the Western Cape
University of Missouri-University of Western Cape theater production on Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa
Sol Plaatje University
Emerging student leaders program
Sharing Without Shame
“Breaking the Silence” drug awareness campaign
Spark International Changemakers
Entrepreneurship accelerator program
Tshwane University of Technology
Solar car project
New Dawn Foundation
SA Spelling Spark
Big History project
Gay SA Radio
Official launch of station
University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights
Moot Court competition
Projects Supported in 2015
U.S. participation in SciFest Africa in Grahamstown, including a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow, and related outreach activities, January-March, 2015.
U.S. visit and in-country travel by SciFest Africa Director to attend in Washington D.C. the NASA-convened LAUNCH partners project review and strategic planning meetings to support the transfer of the LAUNCH model to Africa.
Visit by an American hip-hop artist to engage with youth and emerging artists in Port Elizabeth, promoting dialogue and debate, and encouraging self-expression, social cohesion, and civic activism.
Step camp program for at-risk youth around Cape Town, teaching leadership skills, teamwork, & innovation through dance, June-July 2015.
U.S. participation in the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, July, 2015, including jazz and classical music performances, and theatrical productions.
Joint U. Western Cape/U. Missouri/Robben Island Museum project to create an Apartheid-era archive for public dissemination & research.
To modernize the American Corner at Cape Town Central Library, creating a new space to provide programs and cutting edge technology to a young, entrepreneurial audience; staffing and programming for the modernized Corner.
Visit by U.S. journalist to give a joint keynote address at the Highway Africa Conference in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa in August, 2015.
Coding workshops for female students at the American Corner at Cape Town Central Library.
Series of journalism workshops at the American Corner in Cape Town, focusing on gender identity issues.
Launch South Africa’s first international dance festival, the Cape Town International Dance Festival: Town & Township, December-November, 2015; conduct Dancing to Connect workshops for at least 100 boys and girls from at-risk environments in Cape Town.
Professional and leadership development programs; 26th City-Wide basketball tournament.
Virtual Ebola reporting workshop for journalists throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Visit by American pianist, including performance at The American Concert at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein in March, 2015.
Develop and elevate soccer skills for upcoming players in Soweto that do not have access to other developmental support.
Music Academy of Gauteng
Live performance of jazz music at the Joburg Theatre in April, 2015.
Represent South Africa at the Emerging Children’s Museum pre-conference and InterActivity 2015 at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis in May, 2015.
Visit by American education expert to work with officials from the Department of Education, universities and civil society on initial teacher education, in September 2015.
Participation of a U.S. speaker at the Wits Radio Academy Radio Days Africa conference, July, 2015.
Coordinate STEM mentorship for schoolgirls in rural Africa with five South African schoolgirls who participated in the State Department “WiSci” STEAM (STEM plus Art & Design) camp in Rwanda during summer 2015.
Exhibition of “Separate is not Equal: The Struggle against Segregated Schooling in America” at the UFS Qwaqwa campus, August-September, 2015.
Fourth annual Women in Theatre Festival to be held in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, September-December, 2015.
Youth summit on climate change and food security in Africa ahead of COP21 Paris.
Leadership workshop for project officers, November 2015.
International Jazz Day program, April, 2015 to promote peace, justice and unity among people through jazz.
Theatrical production celebrating the life and work of Maya Angelou, September 2015.
TEDxTableMountain: Journeys of Excellence, Cape Town, May 2015.
Artistic director’s residency at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, June-July 2015.
Performance at an Alvin Ailey Dance Theater reception, Pretoria, September 2015.
Outreach to local youth, artists and community groups through activities aimed at building cultural bridges and fostering mutual understanding, September 2015.
Five-day Robotics Holiday Club program for high school students in Mamelodi, July 2015.
Monthly programs at the Mae Jemison Science Reading Room in Mamelodi East.
Massive Open Online Courses, leadership development workshops, and robotics and coding programs that encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and careers at the American Corner Pretoria.
Four- day regional GIST Startup Boot Camp in South Africa, to empower young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs through on-the-ground training and mentoring.
Grants competition for alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative.
Two-day “TechCamp South Africa: Grassroots Leadership” in October 2015 for 60Young African Leadership Initiative Network delegates, focusing on good governance-elections, human rights, and climate change, followed by two post-TechCamp activities.
Projects Supported in 2014
Participation of the Chicago Children’s Choir at the 40th National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, July 2014.
Training for over thirty talented youth from disadvantaged communities at the Market Laboratory’s Drama School, April-September, 2014, in conjunction with a special theatrical production celebrating twenty years of democracy in South Africa.
Monthly programs at the Mae Jemison Science Reading Room in Mamelodi East.
Participation of U.S. economics expert at a SAIIA-hosted South African roundtable event, “Restoring Multilateral Trade Cooperation”, in Johannesburg, June, 2014, giving a keynote address on mega-regionals and what they mean for outsiders.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy workshops in Johannesburg and Pretoria, featuring the executive director of PFLAG National.
Expansion of the Mae Jemison Science Reading Room on the university’s campus in Mamelodi East.
Participation by fourteen members of Vuyani Dance Theatre in the 2014 Fall for Dance festival in New York City, October, 2014.
Raising awareness of the increasing poaching and trafficking of rhinos and other wildlife in South Africa, including participation by a U.S. speaker at the World Youth Rhino Summit at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, September 2014.
Develop a strong cohort of Young African Leadership Initiative Mandela Washington Fellows over the next five years.
Community engagement activities with youth in underserved communities in the Western Cape and Gauteng, September 2014-June 2015.
Residency for two U.S. artists at NIROX in Gauteng.
Expansion project for the U.S. Embassy Youth Council/Young African Leaders Network, in two Pretoria townships.
Extend the indigenous garden at the Mae Jemison Science Corner, and establish a twin garden at a nearby secondary school in Mamelodi East.
Ketekang musical production, making it possible for underprivileged youth to attend the show.
Zwakala Festival, designed to encourage and highlight the work of community theatre groups and give their productions a chance to be staged professionally at the Market Theatre.
Conference on media freedom.
Global Mentoring Walk, to create awareness around women’s leadership.
Two U.S. speakers for “Jo’burg Radio Days” conference in July 2014.
Exhibit “Separate Is Not Equal: The Struggle Against Segregated Schooling in America”, September 2014-March 2015.
Year-long series of interventions and activities to provide development support to women entrepreneurs in the growth phase of running a business.
Educational theatre programs for schools in Gauteng.
U.S. participation in SciFest Africa in Grahamstown.
Series of public performances, master classes and jazz events in and around Cape Town in June, 2104.
Opportunity for young South African student singers to participate in music calls, rehearsals and performances of an American-composed opera as part of their degree program.
U.S. speaker participation at the Highway Africa conference in September 2014.