Public Affairs Grants
Public Affairs Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and universities. They support projects to: 1. Encourage Entrepreneurship and/or sustainable economic growth in Lesotho. 2. Strengthen people-to-people ties to deepen the partnership between Lesotho and the United States. 3. Expand media engagement and/or public awareness on issues of women's rights, Trafficking in Persons, HIV/AIDS, and/or democracy.
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000
Award Ceiling: 40,000 Maluti
Award Floor: 4,000 Maluti
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: None
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted
Additional Information on Eligibility: The U.S. Embassy Maseru's Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals. U.S. NGOs may apply but preference is given to local NGOs or to partnerships that develop capacity with Lesotho NGOs or employees and include plans to transfer programs to sustainable local management.
Description: The U.S. Embassy Maseru's Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available through the embassy's Public Affairs Grants program. Public Affairs Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and universities. Activities that are typically funded include, but are not limited to: new media concepts aimed at reaching wider audiences; media training projects; English language programs; proposals to expand U.S.-Lesotho exchange programs; programs that strengthen government and private sector communications capabilities; public education projects that promote democratic processes and human rights; public education projects that promote prevention of HIV/AIDS; arts and culture programs; radio and television programming in support of the above objectives.
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