U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY BANGUI PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION (PAS)
ENVISION PEACE Grants Competition
The United States Embassy in Bangui is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support Central Africans envisioning a peaceful future. The project should use radio or other means to communicate with CAR’s rural population. This proposal seeks to engage Central Africans in envisaging this potential for change and self-realization of its future, and promote U.S. engagement in the Central African Republic.
- Possible projects may include, but are not limited to, a regular radio program, radio series, Radio Theater, a graphic novel.
- The project should reach a large C.A.R. audience, particularly those that are illiterate or have limited education
- The project should engage Central Africans in its production in order to ensure that the project resonates with Central Africans caught in the conflict
- The project must emphasize positive U.S. engagement in CAR, and may include creative involvement of Americans, e.g., as guest speakers or guest participants
- Projects that have a clear alignment between budget and project will have higher merit
All proposals will be evaluated based on the links to the U.S. Mission goal of a secure and stable CAR; anticipate public opinion impact and audience reach; as well as innovation and creativity of the proposed format and topic.
Announcement posted: February 5, 2018.
Closing date for applications: April 5, 2018.
Funding type: Small grant awards
Decision date: no later than April 30, 2018.
Expected size of individual awards: Up to $10,000.
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.
Proposed projects must include direct involvement of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangui. Participants in this project must be 18 years old to qualify for receipt of grant money.
Project proposals should be detailed, demonstrating:
1) Clear goals,
2) Reliable partner institutions,
3) A detailed evaluation plan,
4) Realistic timeline and project steps, and
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,
2) Any applicable cost-sharing, and
3) A sustainability plan for the post-funding period.
We encourage creative and innovative proposals, but proposals must advance the stated criteria: envision peaceful in CAR.
How to submit: Email a concise project description and a detailed budget to PASBanguiGrants@State.gov
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: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/viewiUpdateHome.htm
Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
If you need assistance navigating the DUNS requirement, please attend an Embassy information session (time and date announced on the Embassy FB and website) or contact the Embassy at: PASBanguiGrants@State.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. Only successful applicants will be contacted.