Mission Somalia PDS Annual Program Statement

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
February 26th, 2024
Close Date
April 26th, 2024
Total Funding
$80,000.00
Award Ceiling
$20,000.00
Award Floor
$5,000.00
Opportunity No.
DOS-PDS-MOG-FY24-01

Agency

U.S. Mission to Somalia (DOS-SOM)

Eligible Applicants

Individuals

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Somalia is offering a grant opportunity through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The grant aims to strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia. The program seeks proposals that promote bilateral cooperation and highlight shared values between the two countries. The grant has a funding floor of $5,000 and a maximum of $20,000, with an average amount of $10,000 for projects up to one year in duration. The target audience for the proposals includes youth, entrepreneurs, journalists and media professionals, human rights activists, academics, and teaching professionals. The priority program areas include counter violent extremism, promoting economic prosperity through innovation and entrepreneurship, equal participation in politics, peacebuilding, and the economy, youth leadership and development, professionalizing the media, promoting rule of law, democracy, and respect for human rights, and encouraging awareness and efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. The grantee must demonstrate the capacity to implement activities in the proposed locations and with the target audiences. The full announcement and contact information can be found at https://so.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-mogadishu-pds-annual-program-statement-small-grants-program/.

Description

Executive Summary The U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards, contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The implementers will be a legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organization, or individual that meets U.S. and Somali technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified in Section C. Information about the Public Diplomacy Section can be found at https://so.usembassy.gov/. PDS Mogadishu invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element and/or connection(s) with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Proposals have a funding floor of $5,000, max of $20,000, and an average amount of $10,000 for a project of up to one year in duration. Background PDS Mogadishu seeks to strengthen cultural, academic, and professional ties between the United States and Somalia through programming and exchanges that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. The PDS Small Grants Program is designed to further the following public diplomacy goals: 1) Increase security for the United States and Somalia; 2) respond to reoccurring humanitarian needs; and 3) Promote peace through stable, effective governance. Audiences The proposal must include one or more target audience(s): youth, entrepreneurs, journalists and media professionals, human rights activists and other civil society representatives, and academics and teaching professionals. Unless strong justification is provided, all projects should strive to achieve gender balance. Projects can be nationwide or focused on specific geographic areas with an explanation of why the specific geographic region is relevant to the strategy. Priority Program Areas Counter Violent Extremism: Proposals focus on individuals and organizations involved in peacebuilding or anti-violent extremist efforts, especially community influencers, women, and religious leaders, to ensure they retain the skills, knowledge, and capacity necessary to take a stronger role in their areas of expertise. Promote Economic Prosperity through Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Proposals focus on aspiring and newly established entrepreneurs, incubation hubs, and other private sector organizations, with a particular emphasis on women, youth, and marginalized groups, to build networks among these groups and reinforce skills related to business planning, using technology for business, securing financing, and/or navigating Somalia’s business environment. Promote Equal Participation in Politics, Peacebuilding, and the Economy: Proposals focus on Somali women and/or organizations involved in women and girls’ empowerment efforts to provide capacity building, tailored training, and other support to expand leadership opportunities for women in politics, peacebuilding, and business. Promote Youth Leadership and Development: Proposals offer opportunities to university students, under- or unemployed recent graduates, and other youth, including among marginalized groups, to raise awareness about youth-led organizations and build leadership skills. Professionalize the Media: Proposals offer training to media professionals across radio, television, print, and online outlets to strengthen their ability to recognize and counter disinformation, generate revenue, and/or build technical skills. Promote Rule of Law, Democracy, and Respect for Human Rights: Proposals support individual and institutional efforts to enhance respect for rule of law, deepen understanding of democratic principles, and encourage civic participation in Somalia. Encourage Awareness of and Promote Efforts to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change: Proposals educate the public about the effects of climate change and raise awareness about efforts to mitigate its impact. All proposals should: Address how the project will contribute to one or more of the program areas listed above. Enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period, using the Monitoring and Evaluation Performance Monitoring Plan. Clearly specify the audiences to be reached and the geographic locations of program activities. Programs proposed in multiple locations should explain how that will be accomplished. The grantee must demonstrate the capacity to implement activities in the locations and with the audiences proposed. Describe how elements of the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustainable beyond the life of the grant. Include a traditional and/or social media plan for marketing or advertising program activities and outcomes. Demonstrate competency to manage all financial and oversight aspects of the project, including participant costs and transparent arrangements of sub-grant relationships with partner organizations, if applicable. View the full announcement here: https://so.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-mogadishu-pds-annual-program-statement-small-grants-program/

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