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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
Annual Program Statement 2022
November 23, 2021

Funding Opportunity Title U.S. Mission to South Africa Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement 2022
Funding Opportunity Number PAS-ZAF-FY22-01
CFDA Numbers 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Deadline for applications January 31, 2022; April 30, 2022 (two deadlines); 23:59 SAST on each date.
Grants.gov link https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336626



 Submissions must be emailed to PretoriaGrants@state.gov, not uploaded to grants.gov.


The U.S. Mission to South Africa, Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement (APS) outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes upon which we focus, and the procedures for submitting proposals for funding.  Please carefully read and follow the instructions below.

 Two-round process:  In Round 1, applicants submit a concise Statement of Interest (SOI) of no more than 1,500 words that describes the project idea and its objectives. PAS will review SOIs and invite a limited group of applicants to continue in Round 2.  In Round 2, applicants expand their ideas into full funding proposals for formal consideration.

Purpose of Small Grants: PAS Mission South Africa invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and South Africa 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 PAS Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic or professional speaker projects involving an American speaker, either in person or virtual or a combination (hybrid);
  • Artistic and cultural projects, joint performances or exhibitions involving the work of American artists or American subject matter;
  • Educational exchanges involving travel by South Africans in the United States or Americans in South Africa;
  • Projects that expand PAS American Corners and American Spaces activities;
  • Projects that strengthen the relationship between American and South African organizations or institutions and their respective target audiences;
  • Projects developed by an alumnus/a of a U.S.-government sponsored educational or professional exchange program.

PAS is soliciting proposals for small grants from South African non-profit institutions, non-governmental organizations, or non-profit private or public academic institutions. These proposals must focus on one or more of the priority areas specified below.

Priority Program Areas:

  • Projects that promote higher education linkages between the United States and South Africa, particularly connections in the South African technical, vocational, and training sectors;
  • Projects that address women’s and youth economic empowerment, including but not limited to projects that reduce barriers to participation in the economy for disadvantaged groups as well as combat or prevent gender-based violence;
  • Projects that advance pluralism & social inclusion & shared history, including projects that examine shared histories between the United States and South Africa;
  • Projects that support U.S. principles and methodologies for promoting free and fair media, including combatting misinformation, among media organizations that operate at the community level in South Africa.
  • Projects that support efforts to counter climate change or promote green technology.

Participants and Audiences:

Proposals must identity a clearly defined target audience that the project seeks to influence. Well-defined audiences are countable and accessible through the project’s activities. Proposals should specify the changes in knowledge, understanding, attitudes, or behavior change in attitudes or behavioral action that they seek with the project – and how they plan to measure these outcomes. PAS is particularly interested in projects based in rural areas and small cities.