USAID Public Diplomacy Grants (Sri Lanka and Maldives)

The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives welcomes grant applications for programs that address key development issues in Sri Lanka and Maldives to strengthen democratic institutions, promote ethnic/religious reconciliation and gender equality, provide sustainable economic growth through entrepreneurship and job skills training, foster media freedoms and promote transparency, strengthen environmental protection, and/or address transnational problems.

Deadline: 30 September 2016

Grant proposals will be accepted in three primary categories based on funding levels. Successful proposals will impact one of the issues highlighted above. In evaluating proposals, emphasis will be placed on the size of the budget, experience of the grantee on implementing programs, and diversity of audiences affected by the program.

Categories of awards:
Category 1: $1000 – $9990: To conduct a series of classes or workshops on one of the key development issues above. Recommended for organizations with experience working in the subject matter but little or no past partnerships with the U.S. Embassy.  Proposals can also include cultural or thematic events or informational products, such as a concert or printed/virtual/online guidebooks. Individual trainers seeking to hold regularly weekly classes or form activity clubs should apply under this category.

Category 2: $10000 – $24900: To conduct extended training for a diverse audience and/or produce material to raise awareness of one of the key development issues above.  Recommended for organizations with substantial experience working in the subject matter and with past successful projects with the U.S. Embassy.  Programs can include broad campaigns to support these development goals, workshops bringing international expertise, and other relevant projects.

Category 3: $25000 – 40,000: To conduct extended training for a diverse audience and/ or produce material to raise awareness of one of the key development issues above.  Recommended for organizations with extensive experience working in the subject matter and past successful projects with the U.S. Embassy and other international donors.  NOTE: This category is highly competitive.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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