US Diplomacy Grants Programme – The U.S. Embassy Maseru 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, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.
Purpose of Small Grants / US Diplomacy Grants Programme
PAS Maseru invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Lesotho 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 programs include, but are not limited to:
- Proposals to expand or build on U.S.-Lesotho exchange programs;
- Programs that strengthen government and civil society capabilities;
- Youth community service projects that encourage volunteerism and support the outlined priorities;
- Civic education projects that promote democratic processes and human rights;
- Youth recreation, leadership, professional development, entrepreneurship, and education programs;
- Arts and cultural programs;
- New media concepts aimed at reaching wider audiences;
- Media training projects;
- Radio and television programming in support of the outlined priorities.
- Programs in concert with the American Corner & Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Leadership Innovation Hub, including innovative opportunities for networking and professional development;
- Programs in the Districts outside Maseru as part of the “American Corner on the Road” series.
ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION / US Diplomacy Grants Programme
- Eligible Applicants
Applicants must be Basotho or currently residing in Lesotho. The programs must take place and be focused on Lesotho. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:
- Civil-society organizations and local representatives of civil society
- Non-governmental organizations
- Academic institutions
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- Cost Sharing or Matching – Cost sharing is not required.
- Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
Deadline for Application: April 8, 2022
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs for Lesotho
Total Amount Available: Flexible, depending on funding availability
FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION / US Diplomacy Grants Programme
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Floor of Individual Award Amounts: $500
Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $10,000
Note: Typical Award Amount: Between $2,000-3,000
Anticipated Program Start Date: May/June 2022, depending on award cycle
The U.S. Embassy Maseru Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government. This notice is subject to availability of funds.
Method of Application / US Diplomacy Grants Programme
Interested persons should click the link to apply