Call for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section Grants Program

Call for Proposals
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section Grants Program

Deadline for Proposals is: June 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (Lusaka time). Late proposals will not be considered.

Purpose of the program

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section Grants Program awards grants to Zambian non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media for projects that support democracy and governance and economic development in the Republic of Zambia.‬‬ Successful proposals will include a component that shares U.S. history, culture, or democracy, governance, or economic development values through inclusion of case studies from the American experience, materials about U.S. case studies or policies, or sharing of U.S. experiences and information by a U.S. Government exchange program alumni. Due to the time it takes to process grants applications, unfortunately the Public Affairs Section will not consider projects that target the 2016 general election.

What projects do we fund?‬‬

The Program is most interested in projects relating to:

  • Promoting political awareness and participation among the public and/or among youth
  • Promoting civic education and youth participation in civics, democratic processes, volunteerism, and community service
  • Fostering: press freedom, balanced press coverage, independent media, professionalism in the media
  • Combatting corruption
  • Promoting rule of law / effective administration in justice
  • Empowerment of women and youth
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and business development
  • Human rights
  • Environmental and wildlife protection

What projects are not funded?

The Public Affairs Section cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting partisan political activity
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable activities
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Scientific research
  • Institutional development or support of an organization
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects
  • Individuals or organizations from outside of Zambia

What is the length of grants?

Grant periods can be for up to one year. (eg, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017)

Evaluation criteria

The Public Affairs Section Grants Committee will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Clarity in goals, activities, and target group
  • Sensible budgeting
  • Longer-term sustainability, where applicable
  • The ability of the applying organization to successfully carry out the project aims.
  • Inclusion of U.S. content in the program. How does the organization plan to share information about American history, culture, and/or values through this program?

We encourage innovative projects and budgets that include cost-sharing. The Public Affairs Grants Committee will consider all proposals that meet the criteria outlined above. If your preliminary application is under further consideration, we may ask you to come in for an interview or submit additional information.

What is the maximum amount of a grant?

The maximum Public Affairs Section Grant will be $10,000. It is essential for you to provide a clear budget with a thorough and reasonable cost breakdown for the project, including specific categories for which the funds would be used.

How do organizations apply for grants?

Organizations must complete the following to apply for a grant:

Please email one (1) copy of the above forms electronically, including a copy of the certificate of registration to:

Subject: Public Affairs Grant Application
Phone: +260-357-000
POC: Priscilla Chimba

Deadline: June 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (Lusaka time). Late proposals will not be considered.

What happens when the project is completed?

Grantee organizations must submit progress reports throughout the grant period as well as a final narrative with a complete accounting of all grant funds within 90 days of the completion of the grant period.