The U.S. Embassy Lebanon Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State invites proposals for Public Affairs Section (PAS) Small Grants program that foster mutual understanding between the United States and Lebanon through cultural and exchange programming through promoting social cohesion among diverse populations and fostering civic engagement; showcasing U.S. values through social and economic entrepreneurship and informing local audiences about the United States.
All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to the following:
- Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs; and
- Professional and academic exchanges and programs.
U.S. Embassy Beirut seeks proposals that address the following priority program areas:
- Promoting social cohesion among diverse populations and fostering civic engagement;
- Showcasing U.S. values through social and economic entrepreneurship; and
- Informing local audiences about the United States.
- Examples of subthemes include, but are not limited to, democracy and good governance; disability rights and awareness; protecting human rights; investing in arts and culture; preserving cultural heritage; developing cultural capital; and promoting media literacy.
- Total available funding: $200,000;
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $75,000;
- Number of awards anticipated: 2-4 awards (dependent on amounts and availability of funds);
- Length of performance period: 6 to 24 months.
Participants & Audiences
- U.S. Embassy Beirut puts special emphasis on programs that are able to engage individuals outside of the capital.
- For youth-focused proposals, audiences are generally between the ages of 14 and 30.
- Women audiences have no specific age range and may include youth or community members.
- Priority will be given to proposals that target a large number of beneficiaries.
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from the United States and Lebanon, including:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions.
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- Cost-sharing is not required but highly encouraged. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that include a cost-share component.
- Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization against this NOFO. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.