Call for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section Grants Program

Deadline for Proposals is: August 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.(Port au-Prince, Haiti time ).  Late proposal will not be considered.

Purpose of the program

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section Grants Program awards grants principally to Haiti-based non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media for projects that support democracy and governance, public health, and economic development in the Republic of Haiti. Successful proposals will include a component that shares U.S. history, culture, or democratic and governance values through inclusion of case studies from the American experience, materials about U.S. case studies or policies, or sharing of U.S. experiences and information by a U.S. Government exchange program alumni.

What projects do we fund?

The Program is most interested in projects relating to at least one of the following:

  • Promoting political awareness and participation among the public and/or among youth
  • Promoting civic education and youth participation in civics, democratic processes, volunteerism, and community service
  • Combatting corruption
  • Promoting rule of law / effective administration in justice
  • Empowerment of women and youth
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and business development
  • Human rights
  • Environmental protection
  • Telling America’s story in Haiti
  • Celebrating the Haitian and American cross cultural encounter in the arts
  • Fostering: press freedom, independent media, professionalism in the media

What projects are not funded?

The Public Affairs Section Grant cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting partisan political activity
  • Educational Scholarship
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable activities
  • Construction projects
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Scientific research
  • Institutional development or support of an organization
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects
  • For-profit activities

What is the length of grants?

Grant periods can be for up to one year. (eg, September 1, 2017-August 15, 2018)

Evaluation criteria

The Public Affairs Section Grants Committee will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Clarity in goals, activities, and target group
  • Sensible budgeting
  • Longer-term sustainability, where applicable
  • The ability of the applying organization to successfully carry out the project aims.
  • Inclusion of U.S. content in the program. How does the organization plan to share information about American history, culture, and/or values through this program?

We especially encourage innovative projects and budgets that include cost-sharing. The Public Affairs Grants Committee will consider all proposals that meet the criteria outlined above. If your preliminary application is under further consideration, we may ask you to come in for an interview or submit additional information.

What is the maximum amount of a grant?

The maximum Public Affairs Section Grant will be $24,500. It is essential for you to provide a clear budget with a thorough and reasonable cost breakdown for the project, including specific categories for which the funds would be used.

How do organizations apply for grants?

Organizations must complete the following (in English) to apply for a grant:

Please email one (1) copy of the above forms electronically, including a copy of the certificate of registration and DUNS number to:

Subject: Public Affairs Grant Application
Email: papgrants@state.gov
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2017at 11:00 (Haiti time). Late proposal will not be considered.

When will I be notified of the status of the grant application?

We will respond to all completed grant applications within two weeks of submission.  If we receive an email without the above mentioned documents and information, the grant application will not be considered for further processing or response.

What happens when the project is completed?

Upon completion of the project, grantee organizations must submit progress reports as well as a final narrative with a complete accounting of all grant funds within 90 days of the completion of the grant period.