Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program ( $50,000 In Funding) (Kenya)

Deadline: 30-Apr-23

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Public Diplomacy Section (PDS Nairobi) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Purpose of Small Grants
PDS Nairobi invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Kenya through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, and/or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Priority Program Areas
Promote Rule of Law, Democracy, and Good GovernancePromote rule-of-law, democracy, and good governance by focusing on issues such as rule-of-law, democratic governance, civic participation, inclusive societies, media literacy, media independence, prevention of corruption, prevention of gender-based violence, and prevention of violent extremism.
Advance Climate Resilience, Including Promoting Food SecurityAddress the significant and adverse health, environmental, economic, climate, and other cumulative impacts of pollution and environmental degradation, especially on communities that are marginalized or underserved.

Promote Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Education and Entrepreneurship Training and OpportunitiesEnsure all members of a society, especially women and girls as well as members of marginalized and underserved communities, can access and participate equally in STEAM-related educational and entrepreneurial opportunities and economic activities.

Funding Information
Award Ceiling: $50,000
Award Floor: $10,000

Priority Regions
At least one third (or thirty three percent, 33%) of grant activities must occur outside of Kenya’s five largest metropolitan areas (Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret).

Participants and Audiences
Kenyans aged 15-30, including students;
Emerging voices, including civil society leaders and social influencers;
Business leaders and entrepreneurs;
Established opinion leaders, including cultural or academic institution leadership; or
Underserved and underrepresented groups and communities.

Eligibility Criteria
PDS Nairobi encourages applications from Kenya-based organizations, institutions, and individuals. They may partner with U.S.-based entities, but the grant recipient must be based in Kenya, including;
Kenya-registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
Kenyan individuals;
Kenya-based non-profit or governmental educational institutions; and
Governmental institutions
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 specific academic research;
Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
Scholarships or tuition assistance;
Commercial or for-profit activities, including seed money; or
Programs that duplicate existing programs


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