Opportunity Grants

The Public Diplomacy Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU-PD) announces an open competition for grants through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 474 KB). The Opportunity Grants Program is designed to partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations and individuals to implement activities which advance the organization’s or individual’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.

Priority Region: Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza


Program Objectives:

Working primary at the local level and using an evidence-based approach, all proposed projects must aim to advance the PAU-PD mission goals stated above, contain a substantive American element, and achieve at least one of the following specific objectives:

  1. Provide students with the skills and experiences that will make them more competitive for higher education and work opportunities. May include soft skills (critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, etc.), English skills, technology skills, and other skills that will prepare them for success.
  2. Build a culture of mentorship, cultivating leaders in Palestinian society, education, business, etc. as mentors and raising awareness of the importance of mentorship among all groups.
  3. Support gender advocacy, inclusivity, and empowerment, through training and awareness campaigns aimed at achieving gender equality throughout society and/or work towards gender parity as primary and secondary focus.
  4. Augment innovative approaches in digital and online media, including helping to share fact-based reporting with younger audiences.
  5. Promote professional journalism standards in media, particularly regarding fact checking, editorial standards, objectives in journalistic ethics.
  6. Develop and promote locally designed solutions to environmental, economic or social problems and/or build the capacity of local entities or individuals aiming to do so.
  7. Foster inclusive economic growth that reaches marginalized communities, youth and women.
  8. Encourage citizens’ engagement in participatory governance and decision-makers’ willingness to work with citizen groups and civil society organizations.
  9. Foster entrepreneurship, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among youth.
  10. Promote understanding, tolerance, pluralism and shared values between diverse communities.

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