The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) announces an open competition for a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Innovative Tourism Experiences initiative is designed to partner with not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) to implement activities which advance the applicant’s goals and the PAU-PD mission: to advance a comprehensive and lasting peace through a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the development of a vibrant, representative, and responsive Palestinian civil society, private sector, and governing institutions through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.
Priority Region: Jerusalem and the West Bank
All proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals stated above, contain a substantive American element, and achieve one or more of the following specific objectives:
- An enhanced and more diversified Palestinian tourism sector.
- Improved capacities of tourism-related Palestinian businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Support for at least one of the following types of tourism: eco; cultural life, food, heritage and tradition; adventure, sports, and recreation.
- Availability of additional English-language resources for the Palestinian tourism sector.
- Improved knowledge and understanding among Palestinian people of American tourists’ interests and demands, American tourism industry expertise and best practices, and opportunities for U.S.-Palestinian partnerships.
Participants and Audience:
- Palestinians in Jerusalem and/or the West Bank working in the tourism sector, especially those sub-sectors outlined above (eco; cultural life, food, heritage and tradition; adventure, sports, and recreation).
- Palestinians in Jerusalem and/or the West Bank living in communities that host tourism events or sites, or communities that seek to build those event/sites.
- Palestinians in Jerusalem and/or the West Bank who interact with American tourists.
Federal Award Information:
Length of performance period: 8 to 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: One or two awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000.
Total available funding: $50,000
Type of Funding: FY22 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds
Anticipated programs start date: on/about October 1, 2022
Submission Dates and Times:
Applications are due no later than midnight local time (GMT +3) June 24, 2022.
All application materials must be submitted by email with “Innovative Tourism Experiences” in the subject line to JerusalemPAUPSEO@state.gov including your organization’s official registration.
If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact: JerusalemPAUPSEO@state.gov by June 06, 2022 with “Innovative Tourism Experiences” in the subject line.
Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should review the following documents and forms:
- Complete Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF 188 KB)
- SF-424 Form for Individuals (PDF 95KB)
- SF-424 Organizations (PDF 265 KB)
- SF-424-A Budget(PDF 707 KB)
- SF-424-B Assurances(PDF 437 KB) – Please read, stamp and sign