U.S. Embassy in Cameroon: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. ($100,000 In Total Funding)

Deadline: 15-Jul-23

The U.S. Embassy Yaoundé Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) announces the availability of funding through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Purpose of Small Grants: The PDS grants program supports projects proposed by U.S. and Cameroonian academic, cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and/or individuals that promote U.S. values, increase understanding between U.S. and Cameroonian people and institutions, and/or support U.S. Embassy goals of promoting government transparency and accountability, economic prosperity, peace and security, environmental sustainability, and climate adaptation. All programs must include an element of American culture or society, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited:

U.S. experts conducting lectures, seminars, or speaking tours with Cameroonian audiences
Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions
Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs
Professional and academic exchanges and programs
Libraries, community centers, or other institutions that are interested in becoming an American Space
Programs developed by an alumnus/a of a U.S. sponsored or supported educational or professional exchange program
Projects to promote English language teaching skills or widen access to books and other sources of information about the United States.
Priority Program Areas

Governance: Projects promoting democratic principles, improved and inclusive governance, transparency, human rights, religious freedom, empowerment of marginalized groups, voter participation, civic education, civil society.

Prosperity: Projects promoting economic prosperity, entrepreneurship, bilateral trade and investment, countering corruption
Security: Projects promoting peace and security, rule of law, alternatives to violence in resolving conflict, tolerance, preventing radicalization to violence, improving mutual understanding between groups, community policing
Sustainability and Climate Change: Projects promoting environmental sustainability and addressing climate change.

Journalism: Projects promoting a professional and independent media, role of informed citizens in a democracy, media literacy, ethical and investigative journalism.

Participants and Audiences

All projects should focus on engaging Cameroonians in Cameroon. Priority audience and program participants are:Youth, especially emerging leadersCivil societyWomenOpinion leaders, including cultural, academic, and media figuresResidents of Cameroon outside Yaounde

Funding Information
Length of performance period: 1 to 24 months
Number of awards anticipated: 10 awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000
Total available funding: $100,000

Eligibility Criteria

PAS encourages applications from the United States and Cameroon:Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, community associations, and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experienceIndividualsNon-profit media organizationsProfessional trade organizationsNon-profit or governmental educational institutions
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Ineligibility Criteria

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
Scholarships for study in the United States or to fund conference attendance or study tours to the United StatesProjects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanshipCharitable or development activities without a U.S. connection as described in the Purpose sectionConstruction programsPrograms that support specific religious activitiesFund-raising campaignsExclusively scientific research projectsExchange programs with countries other than the United States and CameroonAcademic research programs.

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