The U.S. Department of State, the Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad is currently accepting proposals for grants issued through the Public Diplomacy Grants program. Through this program, the CAO seeks to contribute to the economic growth of Pakistan while forming stronger ties between the country and the U.S. The CAO plans to provide a total of $400,000 of funding; grants of $50,000 to $150,000 will be awarded through the program.
Four types of projects can receive funding through the grant program: STEM education, general education, promoting competitive economic systems and human rights. STEM education projects must encourage students to explore areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. General education projects should seek to increase the capacity of institutions through programs related to critical thinking, analytical writing, media literacy, public speaking, civic education or entrepreneurship. Economic proposals will relate to promoting sustainable entrepreneurship in Pakistan through partnerships with the U.S. Human rights programs should be related to one of the following: access to public services girls and women’s rights, freedom of expression, rights in gender and sexual minority community or interfaith harmony.
U.S. and Pakistani non-profits, universities and state and local governments are all encouraged to apply for the CAO grants. With the applications available online, applicants must submit evidence of previous experience relevant to the proposal. In addition, U.S. applicants should provide an IRS determination letter, and Pakistani applicants should submit a copy of their certificate of registration. Applications will be accepted until April 4, 2018.