Notice of Funding Opportunity: Establishing the U.S. Palestinian Affairs Unit eHub

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 Establishing the U.S. Palestinian Affairs Unit eHub program is designed to partner with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which meet the criteria specified in this Notice of Funding Opportunity to implement activities which advance the applicant’s goals and the PAU-PD mission: to advance a comprehensive, lasting, negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the development of a prosperous, stable, and transparent Palestinian society, economy and system of governance 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

Entrepreneurship is not new to the Palestinian territories. However, business people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza face significant obstacles including limited resources and access to investors and markets abroad, in addition to practical experience in business development and partnerships with individuals who can transfer know-how and expertise. While the energy of Palestinian young entrepreneurs and business people is palpable, navigating current rules and regulations is complex, and access to the larger entrepreneurial eco-system and general support for innovative ideas is lacking. While new small businesses sprout up every day, there is not a sustainable environment to equip entrepreneurs with the tools needed to scale their businesses. Through the establishment of the U.S. PAU eHub as a center to focus on economic, entrepreneurial, and advanced employment skills, the Palestinian Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy aims to help young entrepreneurs realize that they can successfully develop their businesses and have a positive impact on their community. The eHub will utilize the networks and convening power of the PAU’s public diplomacy programming—including the ability to gather stakeholders, access to American business expertise, connections to international businesses, American educational tools, and more—to advance the Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem by empowering the Palestinian business community.

Priority Region: Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza.

Program Objectives: 

All proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals stated above, contain a substantive American element, and achieve maximum possible impact meeting the overall objective to empower the Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem to thrive as well as celebrate innovation through focused activities utilizing the elements illustrated above. Proposals must also achieve at least one of the following objectives: 1.Establish the eHub as the umbrella program that supports and raises awareness of PAU-PD entrepreneurial and economic programming. 2.Utilize the eHub concept to better connect the PAU with stakeholders in the Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem, making them more aware of opportunities offered by the U.S. government. 3.Increase awareness of and interest in entrepreneurship throughout the Palestinian private sector. 4.Support up-and-coming Palestinian entrepreneurs to turn ideas into action and advance their knowledge and skills to navigate the business environment. 5.Improve the Palestinian people’s knowledge of American expertise, American businesses best practices, and U.S.-Palestinian partnerships. 6.Connect Palestinian entrepreneurs and SMEs to regional, American, and European companies with the goal of creating new business partnerships. 7.Foster connections and dialogue between Palestinian entrepreneurs and international development organizations, American companies or experts, and key stakeholders in higher education and the private sector that will result in collaboration opportunities and new partnerships. In accordance with the proposed activities, applications must include specific project objectives, with specific supporting goals, quantifiable project benchmarks and/or milestones and a robust monitoring and evaluation plan. Based on which, award specific objectives and outcomes will be developed and included in the final award.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible Applicants Eligible primary applicants for grant funding must be not-for-profit American or Palestinian organizations based in or with experience and/or partners working in Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza. 2.Cost Sharing or Matching Cost sharing or matching are not required under this NOFO. Nonetheless, cost sharing and/or matching are welcomed from applicants who will pledge their own resources towards the activities. Cash or in-kind contributions are allowable as cost sharing, which may include volunteer services provided by professional and technical personnel; donated supplies; equipment; and use of venues and other property. 3.Other Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid

Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than: September 1 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically (by e-mail) to the U.S. PAU Private Sector Engagement Office (PSEO) at JerusalemPAUPSEO@state.gov by the due date specified above. Please reference the NOFO number in the subject field of the e-mail. 2.Funding Restrictions The following types of projects are not eligible for funding: oProjects relating to partisan political activity oCharitable or development activities oConstruction projects oProjects that support specific religious activities or promote only one faith/religion oFund-raising campaigns oLobbying for specific legislation or projects oProjects intended primarily for the growth/institutional development/maintenance of the applicant organization or its partner organizations.

Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should review the following documents and forms: