Grant Opportunities

Small Grants to Strengthen ties between the U.S. and South Sudan

Small Grants to Strengthen ties between the U.S. and South Sudan

Deadline: 14-Apr-23

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, provided through the U.S. Department of State.

Purpose of Small Grants:

PDS Juba invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and South Sudan through programming that advances core U.S. foreign policy goals, in particular those outlined in the BidenHarris Administration’s fact sheet and U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. Project proposals should advance shared priorities and values and promote bilateral cooperation.

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

  • Training and workshops that advance and promote peacebuilding, democracy, transparency; strengthen a national identity, transcending historical divisions; support and develop the media community; address trauma, healing, and reconciliation; and support economic empowerment;
  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, performances, and exhibitions;
Priority Program Areas:
  • Foster Openness and Open Societies
  • Examples:
    • Promoting government transparency, accountability, and tolerance of marginalized communities, and citizens’ rights and responsibilities in a democratic society.
    • Increasing the focus on rule of law, justice, and dignity.
    • Assisting South Sudan to more transparently leverage its natural resources for sustainable development.
  • Deliver Democratic and Security Dividends
  • Examples:
    • Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering the voices of women and youth, and defending free and fair elections.
    • Advancing regional stability and security.
  • Advance Pandemic Recovery and Economic Opportunity
  • Examples:
    • Prioritizing policies and programs to spur economic recovery and build capacities to increase preparedness for the next health threat.
    • Partnering to rebuild human capital and food systems that were further weakened by the pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine.
  • Support Conservation, Climate Adaptation, and a Just Energy Transition
  • Examples:
    • Partnering to conserve, manage, and restore the continent’s rich natural ecosystems.
    • Supporting efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including enhancing community, economic, and supply chain resilience.
    • Working to accelerate just transitions to a clean energy future, energy access, and energy security.
Funding Information
  • Length of performance period: up to 12 months.
  • Number of awards anticipated: at least one.
  • Award Floor: $1,000
  • Total available funding: Up to $100,000. Awards may be for a maximum of $50,000 but past award amounts for any individual project have not exceeded $25,000.
Participants and Audiences:

Programs should focus on a specific audience segment in South Sudan, e.g., youth between the ages of 14 to 35, women, civil society organizations, etc.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligible Applicants PDS encourages applications from:
    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience and that are actively involved with projects in South Sudan.
  • All programs must include an American cultural element, and/or connection with an American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote an increased understanding of and appreciation for U.S. policy and perspectives. South Sudanese organizations based outside of Juba are especially encouraged to apply.
  • For-profit, governmental, or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

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