The U.S. Embassy Rangoon Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce tht US Diplomacy Policy Grant Application is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
This is an Annual Program Statement (APS), outlining our funding priorities, our strategic themes of focus, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which runs from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Please carefully follow all instructions below. Awards will be made to successful applicants subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Purpose of Small US Diplomacy Policy Grant Grants: PAS Rangoon invites proposals from individuals, civil society organizations, think tanks, cultural and arts organizations, and non-regime affiliated academic institutions for programs that strengthen the cultural ties between the U.S. and Myanmar through cultural 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 the kinds of activities that can be funded under the PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional development programs, which may include lectures, seminars, trainings, and workshops;
- Bilateral collaborative projects featuring participation of both local and American scholars, artists, and/or other civil society groups;
- Workshops, training, and competitions to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Myanmar;
- Training activities and programs that support science and technology education or STEAM skills; or
- Projects that develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation of participants to improve the quality of life in their communities.
US Diplomacy Policy Grant Priority Program Areas: Priority will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following program areas:
- U.S.–MYANMAR BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP — Programs that seek to promote a greater understanding of U.S. policies, culture, and society to Myanmar audiences; activities that promote shared values and interests between the American and Myanmar people; and projects that build people-to-people ties.
- INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH — Programs related to economic growth and prosperity, inclusive socio-economic development, skills development, entrepreneurship, career planning, technology/innovation, economic empowerment of women and youth, and underserved populations in Myanmar.
- SOCIAL ISSUES — Programs that support an engaged civil society, promote a deepened understanding of diversity and inclusion, and encourage tolerance and peace through dialogue.
- EDUCATION — Programs that promote and prepare for study in the United States, the building of linkages between American and Myanmar private academic institutions, and training opportunities for Myanmar students or faculty.
- MENTAL HEALTH–Programs that address issues of mental health and promote enhanced wellness and resilience for vulnerable communities and the general public.
US Diplomacy Policy Grant Participants and Audiences: All programs should target primarily Myanmar audiences. Proposals should describe both the primary and secondary audiences for the program, including age, gender, geographic location, and numbers anticipated to be reached. Primary audiences are those who will participate directly in the program, and secondary audiences include those reached indirectly – for example, via social media or traditional media.
Specific audiences who are considered a priority for awards funded under this APS include:
- Young leaders in the 18-30 year-old age ranges;
- Young jobseekers and emerging entrepreneurs
- Women and girls;
- Minority, peripheral, and/or disadvantaged communities;
- Audiences residing outside of Yangon or Mandalay; and
- Alumni of U.S. Embassy-sponsored cultural exchange programs
The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
- Programs relating to partisan political activity;
- Programs designed for the direct provision of social services;
- Construction programs;
- Programs that support specific religious activities;
- Fund-raising campaigns;
- Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
- Scientific research;
- Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
- Projects seeking funds for personal use; or
- Projects that duplicate existing projects
Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:
Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt Act. The source of funding is FY2022 Public Diplomacy Funding.
US Diplomacy Policy Grant FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Number of awards anticipated: Because the amounts requested for each project may vary and funding is subject to confirmation of availability, it is not possible to predict how many awards will be made.
Award amounts: Awards generally do not exceed $25,000.
Total available funding: Approximately $270,000 total is anticipated to be available for the three funding cycles, pending availability of funds.
Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2022 Public Diplomacy Funds
Anticipated programs start date: April 10, 2022-September 30, 2022
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation.
US Diplomacy Policy Grant Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should generally be completed in 12 months or less. PAS will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon.
US Diplomacy Policy Grant ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Myanmar:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations; and
- Non-profit or non-regime affiliated educational institutions
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants should not submit more than one application per cycle unless submitting for two (or more) completely unrelated programs.
In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.