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 Trans-Palestinian Young Journalists Workshop is designed to partner with a non-profit organization or educational institution with experience working with media professionals 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.
All proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals stated above, contain a substantive American element, and achieve all of the following specific objectives:
Identify and recruit, in consultation with the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU), a total of 20 young Palestinian journalists, recent media/journalism graduates, and mid-career media professionals from West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, who will be influential opinion leaders in coming years for participation in a two-day workshop to be held in a location accessible by all participants that achieves the following:
- Increase awareness and understanding of program participants of the U.S. policy formation process and related institutions, especially regarding the Middle East and empower participating Palestinian journalists to hone their professional skills and standards.
- Improve understanding among participating Palestinians of the details and subtleties of U.S. policy and the history, culture and value system from which it develops.
- Raise awareness of the disparate and shared challenges of Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza who face starkly different realities and are impacted differently by U.S. policies.
- Reestablish or initiate relationships between Palestinian journalists and American peers and government interlocutors to improve their access to information about the United States and U.S. policies.
- Empower participants to interact with American peers, virtually or in person, to discuss how U.S. reporters and media outlets organize across the United States and handle ethical, legal, and editorial considerations that impact or limit their work.
- Improve the level of detail, reliable sourcing, and accuracy in reporting by participating journalists about the United States and U.S. policies.
- Increase the knowledge of participating journalists on the topics covered in the workshop, including U.S. policy formation, organization, professional standards, and knowledge of other Palestinian populations.
Coronavirus travel limitations may necessitate a delay in implementing this program.
The following types of applicants with experience working with media professionals are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations (both U.S. and non-U.S.)
- Public and private educational institutions (both U.S. and non-U.S.)
Deadlines for Applications – Submission Dates and Times:
Applications are due no later than 12:00 pm EST (19:00 Jerusalem time) on 14-MAY-2021. Selection Committee results should be made and applicants informed of the results within 30 days of the submittal deadline. 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.
Funding Available: $20,000.
Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should review the following documents and forms:
- Complete Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF, 474 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