U.S. Consulate Cape Town Public Affairs Section Request for Statements of Interest: Annual Program Statement


Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Consulate Cape Town Public Affairs Section Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI): Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-CPT-RSOI-202101
Announcement Type: Request for Statements of Interest
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Deadline for applications: Feb 28, 2021 and May 30, 2021
Award Amounts: $15,000 to $25,000
See also: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330288
For submission instructions, download the full announcement:  RSOI (PDF 170KB)



The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town’s Public Affairs Section (PAS Cape Town) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from South African organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen ties and build relationships between the U.S. and South Africa. PAS Cape Town invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit SOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

The submission of a Statement of Interest (SOI) is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise concept note (maximum 3 pages) that describes your program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. Upon review of eligible SOIs, PAS Cape Town will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.


PAS Cape Town is soliciting proposals for small grants from South African non-profit or non-governmental organizations, non-profit or public academic institutions, or governmental institutions. These proposals must focus on one or more of the priority areas specified below and be located in our Consular District of the Eastern, Northern, or Western Cape provinces.
The purpose of this small grants program is to strengthen ties and build relationships between the U.S. and South Africa through activities that highlight shared values, goals and cooperation. All proposed projects must have a strong, central, American element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s (separate and beyond any involvement with the U.S. Consulate or its American Corners), and have as a primary goal the promotion of increased understanding of U.S. values, perspectives, and policies and relationship building between Americans and South Africans.

Priority Program Areas:

Grant proposals must address at least one of the following program priority areas:

  • Projects that promote economic growth, youth employment and/or connection between the US and SA economies;
  • Projects that promote awareness of sustained U.S. engagement in South Africa;
  • Projects that address women’s empowerment and/or gender-based violence;
  • Projects that promote pluralism & social inclusion;
  • Projects that promote combating local and transnational crime, trafficking, and insecurity.
Participants and Audiences:

Intended participants and target audiences are youth (above age 14) and adults, located in either the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, or Western Cape. PAS Cape Town is particularly interested in projects that are based in smaller regional cities within these provinces. For proposals focusing on other provinces, please look for other Public Diplomacy Small Grants funding opportunity announcements on the Embassy website: https://za.usembassy.gov

Please download the full announcement (PDF 170 KB) for submission instructions. Applications should be submitted by email to capetowngrants@state.gov