U.S. Mission to Bangladesh Annual Program Statement (APS) 2021
The U.S. Embassy Dhaka Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through this Annual Program Statement (APS) focused on strengthening, expanding, and celebrating U.S.-Bangladesh people-to-people ties, institutional linkages, and bilateral cooperation ahead of the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladeshi diplomatic ties in 2022.
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Proposals for projects must focus on one of the APS Funding Priority Areas listed below and must include elements of public outreach and U.S. culture or a connection with U.S. expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) that will promote increased understanding of U.S. Page 3 of 17 policy and perspectives, and promote people-to-people and institution-to-institution ties. Proposals must also include a component/element related to the 50th anniversary of U.S. – Bangladesh diplomatic ties.
Proposals must focus on one of the priority areas specified below and target at least one of PAS Dhaka’s key audiences, including: youth (14-35 years old), educators, women, other minority/marginalized groups, journalists, policy makers, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs/innovators, and must include a component/element related to the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Bangladesh diplomatic ties.
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Awareness: Raising awareness of U.S.-Bangladesh relations and the importance of bilateral partnership.
Civil Society Strengthening: Building institutional capacity of Bangladeshi non-profit, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and other civil society institutions to develop a more engaged and informed citizenry able to tackle major social challenges facing Bangladesh.
Education: Improving student-centered teaching and soft skills training to strengthen student employability; English teaching; continuing education opportunities for teachers, teaching methods, and modernizing education systems; promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; promoting tolerance and diversity among student populations; and strengthening linkages between U.S. and Bangladeshi higher education institutions.
Human Rights/Inclusiveness: Expanding women’s rights and empowerment; access and legal reform for disabled persons, LGBTI rights, and ethnic/religious minorities’ rights; supporting freedoms of expression, press, association, religion; preventing and eliminating trafficking in persons; and strengthening rule of law.
Inclusive Economic Growth and Prosperity: Promoting sustainable enterprises, small businesses, innovation, and the development of human capital in Bangladesh; encouraging implementation and enforcement of environmentally friendly business practices; reducing barriers to trade; strengthening intellectual property rights; improving opportunities for U.S. businesses; and promoting U.S. products and American business values.
State Department Exchanges Alumni Network in Bangladesh: Leveraging Bangladeshi alumni of U.S. government exchange programs to achieve long-term objectives in Bangladesh through capacity building and strengthening connections through people-to-people ties and institutional linkages.
Length of performance period: 9 to 18 months
Number of awards anticipated: To be determined, based on funding availability
Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $75,000
Submissions are encouraged from Bangladeshi and U.S. entities, and international organizations with relevant programming experience. Experience should be documented in the proposal. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter. Non-U.S. – based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
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Eligible entities include:
Registered public or private non-profit organizations, such as think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
Non-profit or governmental educational institutions (including schools, colleges and universities); and
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330816