U.S. Embassy Cotonou PDS Request for Statements of Interest: Annual Program Statement

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - U. S. EMBASSY COTONOU PUBLIC DIPLOMACY SECTION - Annual Program StatementFunding Opportunity Title:
U. S. Embassy Cotonou PDS Request for Statements ofInterest:
Annual Program StatementFunding Opportunity Number:
PAS-SGP-FY22-01Deadline for Applications:
Round

1:
January 31, 2022 (11:59 p.m.)Round 2:
June 5, 2022 (11:59 p.m.)CFDA Number:
1 9. 040 – Public Diplomacy ProgramsTotal Amount Available:
Approximately $128,000 (Subject to Availability of Funds)Maximum for Each Award:
Varies (See Priority Program Objectives)The U. S. Embassy in Benin is unable to provide individual feedback on non-selected Statements of Interest.

A public presentation with general feedback from Round 1 will be offered prior to the Round 2 submission deadline.

The date and time will be announced on the Embassy Facebook.A.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe U. S. Embassy Cotonou Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U. S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen ties between the peoples of the United States and Benin through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.

PDS invites organizations interested in potential funding to submitSOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process.

Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, one to two page concept note (in English) designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application.

The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for PDS to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications.

Upon review of eligible SOIs, PDS will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.PURPOSE:PDS Cotonou invites SOIs for programs that strengthen ties between the people of the United States and the people of Benin through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.

All programs must include an American cultural element, or a 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 PDS-funded programs include, but are not limited to:• Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;• Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;• Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;• Professional and academic exchanges and programs;• Experiential learning activities (e.g.

Model UN, Model Government).PRIORITY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND AUDIENCES :Project proposals submitted through this APS should address one of the following Priority Program Objectives:Shared Democratic Values:
Activities that draw on case studies from both Benin and the United States to promote a better understanding of the value and function of democratic tools to improve people’s lives.

Activities can include but are not limited to Model Government/Moot Court competitions and experiential learning using case studies related to the Democracy Workshops curriculum (https://www.ADEMO.academy/), in order to build support for and encourage greater participation in democratic governance.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include past participants of ADEMO activities in order to sustain and grow the ADEMO network.

Target audiences include:
motivated youth leaders across Benin who lack a formal civics education; and/or youth and young adults active in their communities in northeastern Benin.

(Up to three awards anticipated, maximum $20,000 each).Investigative Journalism:
Activities that link Beninese journalists to American journalists or media institutions, and/or promote competition among Beninese journalists producing high-quality reporting on topics of shared U.S.-Beninese interest (e.g.

the impact of climate change, effectiveness of U. S. foreign assistance programs, diversity visa scams, human trafficking, etc.), in order to strengthen free press and journalism as an institution in Benin.

Target audience:
mid-career journalists.

(One award anticipated, maximum $30,000).U.S.-Benin Partnership:
Activities featuring popular American and/or Beninese artists, musicians, cultural figures, and other influencers in order to promote a deeper understanding of the United States’ long support for improving health and prosperity in Benin, as well as habits that lead to healthier and more prosperous lives (e.g.

antimalarial campaigns, COVID-19 prevention, promoting U.S.-Benin trade, etc.).

Target audiences include:
youth and young adults who use social media or listen to radio as their primary source of information; and/or educated urban adults unaware of U. S. initiatives to support Benin’s development.

(One to three awards anticipated, maximum $15,000 each).Skills for Success:
Activities to promote learning American English, especially through soft skills (such as resume writing, digital communications, basic financial literacy, public speaking, entrepreneurial skills) and digital literacy, drawing on American and Beninese examples, in order to encourage successful participation in the global economy.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with English Clubs, American Spaces, or U. S. exchange program alumni to conduct these activities.

Target audiences include:
underemployed and unemployed youth who will soon complete or have completed formal education; female microentrepreneurs; and/or graduate/undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math with a strong interest in improving theirEnglish or pursuing graduate study in the United States.

(One to three awards anticipated, $20,000 each).The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:• Programs relating to partisan political activity;• For-profit programs• Charitable or development activities;• Construction programs;• Programs that support specific religious activities;• Fund-raising campaigns;• Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;• Scientific research;• Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or• Programs that duplicate existing programs.Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:The Statutory Authority for this program is the Smith-Mundt Act or the Fulbright-Hayes Act.

The source of funding is FY2022 Public Diplomacy or Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds, dependent on the type of program.B.

FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATIONLength of performance period:
6 to 12 monthsNumber of awards anticipated:
varies (dependent on amounts)Award amounts:
awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000Total available funding:
$128,000 (Anticipated Subject to Availability of Funds)Type of Funding:
Fiscal Year 2022 Public Diplomacy Funding or Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs FundingAnticipated program start date:
VariesFunding Instrument Type:
Grant, Fixed Amount Award, Individual Award, or Cooperative Agreement.This notice is subject to availability of funds.C.

ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible ApplicantsThe Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U. S. and Beninese:• Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience;• Individuals;• Non-profit or governmental educational institutions;• Governmental institutions.For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

2. Cost Sharing or MatchingCost sharing is not required.

When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal.

3. Other Eligibility RequirementsApplicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization, per round.

If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

An organization or individual selected for funding in Round 1 may not be considered for additional funding in the second round.D.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATIONThe U. S. Embassy Cotonou Public Diplomacy Section will accept proposals throughout fiscal year 202 2. A grants committee including U. S. Embassy employees will review eligible applications in February 2022 and again in July 202 2. All application materials must be submitted by email to CotonouPASGrants@state.gov.All Statements of Interest SOI applications should ensure that the following requirements are met.

Please follow all instructions below carefully.

SOIs that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.Content of ApplicationPlease ensure:• The SOI clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity• All documents are in English• All budgets are in U. S. dollars• All pages are numbered• All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and• All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.The following document is required:
1. Program Statement (not to exceed 2 pages in Microsoft Word) that includes:• A table listing:-Name of the organization;-The target country/countries;-The total amount of funding requested from PD Cotonou, total amount of cost-share (if any), and total program amount (PD funds + cost-share); and,-Program length;• A synopsis of the program, including a brief statement on how the program will have a demonstrated impact and engage relevant stakeholders, as well as the American element;• A concise breakdown explicitly identifying the program’s objectives and the activities and expected results that contribute to each objective; and,• A brief description of the applicant(s) that demonstrates the applicant(s) expertise and capacity to implement the program and manage a U. S. government award.There will be two deadlines for submission of SOIs – January 31 and June 5. An organization may submit no more than one SOI per round.

Organizations that submit a SOI application for the first round may submit additional applications for each subsequent round.

However, an organization or individual selected for funding in Round 1 may not be considered for additional funding in the second round.E.

APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA 1. Quality of Program Idea:
Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.

The SOI should explain why the proposed program is needed.

2. Program Planning:
A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the objectives.

A proposed timeline for the program activities should include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.

3. Ability to Achieve Objectives/Institutional Capacity:
A demonstration of the organization’s or individual’s expertise and previous experience in administering programs.

4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility:
Clearly stated objectives for recruiting and fully including participants from historically underserved communities in program activities, and/or including perspectives from historically underserved communities in the United States.A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications.

SOI applicants will be notified of the decision to present a full submission within 30 days of each submission deadline.

Instructions on the requirements of a full application submission will be provided at that time.
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Public Diplomacy Programs

Department of State


Agency: Department of State

Office: U.S. Mission to Benin

Estimated Funding: $128,000





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Funding Opportunities - U.S. Mission in Benin

Additional Information of Eligibility:
The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U. S. and Beninese: • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience; • Individuals; • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; • Governmental institutions.

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
https://bj.usembassy.gov/education-culture/apply-grant-us-embassy-cotonou/

Contact:


Agency Email Description:
Romaric Mouftaou

Agency Email:


Date Posted:
2021-11-16

Application Due Date:


Archive Date:
2022-07-05



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