The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United States Consulate General in Nogales of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for civil society organizations and educational institutions to submit applications to carry out public diplomacy projects in northern Sonora.
This NOFO seeks to promote opportunities for civil society organizations to develop activities, campaigns, or projects to advance shared priorities of the United States and Mexico through cultural and educational programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.
The goal of this NOFO is to strengthen community-based organizations in support of activities to empower their community through the following topics:
- Promote STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
- Youth empowerment
- Transparency, rule of law
- English language
- Preventing and countering violence
All proposals should promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
- Awards may range from a minimum of $1,500 USD to a maximum of $10,000
Participants and Audience
- Proposals should focus on engaging Mexican citizen audiences. ?A gender balance among participants is preferred as well as engaging underserved populations.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Registered Mexican and American Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations working in northern Sonora. Public and private educational institutions U.S. or Mexican citizens.
Successful proposals will clearly address the following points:
- The proposal should be submitted in English or Spanish and not to exceed 10 pages.
- Description of the activity/project (1-2 paragraphs) and anticipated impact.
- Identify specific goals addressed and outcomes to be achieved.
- Identify the target audiences/recipients and the total number of participants.
- Explain how the project will include or recruit specific audiences.
- State the location/s of activities. Project activities must be limited to the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales’s consular district. https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/consular-district/
- Include a calendar of activities, timeline or milestones.
- Include an evaluation and monitoring plan.
- Explain how the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustained after the grant period.
- Include a “U.S. component” as part of the project. Examples include but are not limited to: a U.S. speaker – in person or virtual; participation of U.S. Consulate officials during the opening, closing, or other activities of the program; collaboration with U.S. institutions; use of materials or publications of the U.S. Department of State or other U.S. content.
- Proposals must comply with the application process and submit documents solicited in this NOFO.
- Proposals must include a branding plan for materials produced and state how the U.S. Consulate General will be recognized.
- Site visits or activities including U.S. Consulate General personnel throughout the project are encouraged.
- The U.S. Consulate General will promote the project to wider audiences, including the use of its social media platforms.
- This NOFO proposal does not require cost sharing. PAS also encourages projects that use volunteers as an element of cost-sharing. Applications should explain other sources of funding, in-kind contributions (such as office space and supplies), and how the volunteers will be used.