U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY BANGUI PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION (PAS)
Just the Facts Grants Competition
The United States Embassy in Bangui is pleased to announce a call for proposals to develop a program to deliver facts to the public. The project should reach a broad Central African audience in a way that resonates. This proposal seeks to present facts, counter rumors, and distinguish fact from opinion.
- The project must be non-partisan, non-divisive, non-sectarian. The message must be factual with an informative and unifying intent.
- The project should reach a large C.A.R. audience, particularly those that are illiterate or have limited education (e.g., radio)
- The project should engage Central Africans in its production in order to ensure that the project resonates with Central Africans caught in the conflict
- Projects that have a clear alignment between budget and project will have higher merit
Evaluation: All proposals will be evaluated on the link to stability in CAR, anticipated public opinion impact, audience reach, as well as the innovation and creativity of the proposed format and topic.
Announcement posted: June 8, 2018.
Closing date for applications: July 27, 2018.
Funding type: Small grant awards
Decision date: no later than July 30, 2018.
Expected size of individual awards: $2,000 to $10,000.
Information Session will be held at the embassy on July 18 at 4:00pm
Eligible applicants: PAS encourages applications from organizations located in the Central African Republic, the United States, or abroad including:
- Registered not-for-profit and civil society/non-governmental organizations with at least one year of experience;
- Individuals with two years of not-for-profit, project management, or education; experience; and
- Educational institutions.
Project proposals should be short and clear, including:
1) Goal and measurable objectives
3) A clear evaluation plan,
4) Realistic timeline and project steps,
5) A reporting plan covering the entire project timeline.
A good application should answer the important questions of who, what, where, when, and why.
Project proposals must include a detailed budget, demonstrating:
1) Reasonable costs that align with the project goal and objectives
2) Any applicable cost-sharing
3) A sustainability plan for the post-funding period.
How to submit: Email a concise project description and a detailed budget to
Applications are accepted in English and French. Final grant agreements will be concluded in English.
The application forms require a DUNS number, a unique nine-digit identification number. DUNS Number assignment is free for organizations required to register with the federal government for grants. Begin the process here:
Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
Please note: Embassy small grants CANNOT be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad; trade activities; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization; or representational expenses (lunches, alcoholic beverages, etc.).
TIPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE PROPOSAL:
Overall Impact: Reviewers will judge each proposal on how well it meets the stated criteria, and the likelihood the project will exert a sustained, powerful influence on the community where it is undertaken. Does the project address an important gap of understanding or need? If the aim of the project is achieved, how will existing knowledge or practice be improved?
Participants: What audience do you hope to reach with this project? How will you reach them?
Innovation: Does the proposed project challenge and/or seek to shift current understanding of an issue or a common view? Does the project rely on a new form of presentation, techniques or methods?
Measurability: Are the goals and/or learning outcomes of the project clearly stated? Are they measurable? Does the proposal include a plan for assessing its impact? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
DISCLAIMER: U.S. Embassy Bangui does not guarantee availability of funding by receiving applications under this announcement. Applications MUST BE in English. Only successful applicants will be contacted.