The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of U.S. Embassy Haiti is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program to fund small project activities that fall within our funding priorities. This statement describes the specific project themes that will be considered and the procedures for submitting funding requests. Please carefully follow all instructions below. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Note: Applicants whose grant proposals are approved under this 2023 funding opportunity will be notified by August 31, 2023. If grant applicants do not receive a notification of approval, the grant was denied funding. Applicants who submitted grant proposals in prior years that were not approved may resubmit the proposals or submit new proposals for this or future funding opportunities.
Purpose of Small Grants: PD Haiti invites proposals for programs that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts but fall outside the structure of other established U.S. assistance projects. The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Mission to respond directly to requests from local entities and communities for assistance with projects that have immediate impact and further mission policies and objectives. Project proposals should focus on areas such as the following:
- Civic engagement and the electoral process
- Good governance
- Academic exchanges between the United States and Haiti
- Development of civil society
- Empowerment of youth and women in realizing their potential through education, innovation, and entrepreneurship
- Democratic ideals of freedom of expression and of the press
- English teaching
- Strengthening cultural ties between the U.S. and Haiti
All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American experts, organizations, or institutions that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Proposals should also detail how the grantee will evaluate the project and its impact.
Examples of PD Small Grants programs include, but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
- Civil society and good governance projects;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;
- Professional and academic exchanges;
Priority Program Areas:
• Promoting political awareness and participation in the electoral process
• Promoting civic education and youth participation in democratic processes, volunteerism, and community service
• Combatting corruption
• Promoting rule of law and/effective administration in justice
• Creating opportunities for at-risk youth
• Fostering press freedom, independent media, professionalism in the media (especially countering misinformation and disinformation)
• Empowerment of women and youth
• Promoting entrepreneurship and business development
• Human rights and combatting trafficking in persons
• Promoting Environmental awareness and conservation and combatting climate change
Participants and Audiences:
In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will consider the full range and diversity of Haitian and U.S. organizations. The Public Diplomacy Section will also seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences in Haiti.
American and Haitian individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing quality programs and projects will receive preference. New grantees will generally be given priority over previous grantees. In addition, proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability and cost-sharing or private-sector engagement will also be considered favorably.
The following types of programs are NOT eligible for funding:
• Programs relating to partisan political activity;
• Charitable or development activities;
• Construction projects;
• Programs that support religious activities;
• Fundraising campaigns;
• Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
• Scientific research;
• Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
• Projects that duplicate existing programs.
Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:
The source of funding is FY2023 Public Diplomacy Funding.
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