Notice of Funding Opportunity: Journalism Capacity Building

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) of the U.S. Department of State announces a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for open competition for non-profit organizations to submit applications to develop and implement capacity building programs in the field of journalism and modern media.

Proposed projects should advance the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity and the PAU-PD mission specifically 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 to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.

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 one or more of the following specific objectives:

• Improve writing skills for journalists in specialized fields such as gender issues, entrepreneurship and business, economics, technology, foreign policy, democracy, and human rights, environmental issues, and other issues of interest to the United States and Palestinians;

• Increase journalists’ capacity to manage trauma and work in conflict zones successfully and safely;

• Improve journalists’ understanding of modern media management techniques and digital literacy, and their ability to successfully navigate the quickly changing media market and platforms, such as media digitization and the development of online platforms;

• Improve media literacy and combat mis/disinformation among new and student journalists and the general public, including by increasing exposure of participants to American perspectives that widen their understanding of press freedoms and ethics;

• Increase awareness and understanding of American culture, media, society, history and/or current events, as well as of shared American-Palestinian values and interests.

Participants and Audiences:

Participants: Journalists, media professionals, social media professionals, journalism university students from the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem.

Audience: Journalists, students, the general Palestinian public in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem.

Eligible Applicants:

The following types of applicants are eligible to apply:

• Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations

• Public and private non-profit educational institutions

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 registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov. Note that the PAU PD section will inform successful applicants if these requirements change before an award is signed.

Submission Dates and Times:

Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm Jerusalem Time on 06-February-2022. The selection committee hopes to be able to announce the results of the selection committee process in approximately March 2022 and awards may be issued starting as early as April 2022 and no later than September 30, 2022. Those applicants whose proposals were selected for funding by the committee may be asked for revisions to their initial proposal before funding amounts can be finalized and an award can be signed.

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