Notice of Funding Opportunity: Promoting Palestinian Women’s Full Participation in Economic Development and Community Leadership

The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) announces an open competition for grants through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) . Not-for-profit non-governmental organizations are invited to submit proposals to implement a project that will promote Palestinian women as full participants in economic development, with the expected result of elevating the status of women in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza and their economic activity, while also advancing the PAU-PD mission goals: to advance peace 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. The deadline for submissions is August 17, 2020. 

Priority Region: Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza

Program Objectives:

The primary objective of this grant program is to develop Palestinian women participants who are interested in enhancing their entrepreneurial skills as well as improving their broad and diverse range of products and services; empower these entrepreneurs to expand their businesses to new markets; and promote shared economic prosperity between Palestinians and Americans. Proposed projects should support the design and implementation of activities to develop and promote women’s entrepreneurship, increase women’s economic empowerment, and elevate the status of Palestinian women in economic activity by connecting them to businesses, expertise, and mentors in the United States. Projects should aim to support the growth of women-owned small businesses and include a cadre of women entrepreneurs who will be selected in consultation with PAU-PD and who have already participated in previous U.S. sponsored Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaars, exchange programs, and training programs.

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

Note: The SF-424, SF-424-A, and SF-424-B are available at

Please find the optional templates below:

  1. Optional Template – Project Proposal Template (MS Word 51 KB)
  2. Optional Template – Detailed Budget Spreadsheet Template (MS Excel 34 KB)
  3. Optional Template- Budget Narrative Template (MS Word 59 KB)