The Public Affairs Section of the Palestinian Affairs Unit runs a Small Grants Program designed to assist Palestinian Non-Profit organizations in carrying out programs in several priority areas (Please provide a copy of your organization official registration with your application packet). The priority areas include:
- Promoting the role of women’s civil society groups as agents for technology and innovation;
- Improving advocacy and effective civic engagement among Palestinian non-governmental organizations in business, technology, and education;
- Fostering critical thinking, teamwork, and other soft skills among high school and university students to bridge the “skills gap” and drive economic and civil society growth within their communities;
- Developing skills in specialized areas of press and media – including environmental reporting, gender issues, and business reporting – using traditional techniques and new technologies;
- Promoting Palestinian-American partnership through mentoring, capacity development, and increased business and operational effectiveness among Palestinian cultural organizations.
Grants will be awarded in amounts up to a maximum of $25,000. Eligible applicants for grant funding must live outside of the United States. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate cost-sharing, public-private partnerships, cooperation among multiple partners, or innovative means to implement cost savings (e.g. implementing digital technology, etc.) in their proposals. We will give special consideration to proposals which contain a USG program alumni engagement component.
Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should complete and provide the following forms:
- 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.
- Small Grants Executive Summary Document 2018 (PDF 181 KB)
A budget narrative is also required that provides specific details on how the budget line-items will be used and what they will cover.
Please note that our office will give special attention to the submitted budget. A maximum amount for the following budget categories have been set by our office:
- Personnel: up to the maximum of 30% from the total budget.
- Supplies: up to the maximum of 20% from the total budget.
Funding requests for infrastructure improvements will not be considered.
Branding and Marking Strategy
The Recipient shall recognize the United States Government’s funding for activities specified under this award at the project site with a graphic of the U.S. flag accompanied by one of the following two phrases based on the level of funding for the award:
i. Fully funded by the award: ‘Gift of the United States Government’
ii. Partially funded by the award: ‘Funding provided by the United States Government’
Exemptions from this requirement are allowable but must be agreed to in writing by the Grants Officer.
Please submit complete application packets by e-mail at JerusalemPDSG@state.gov . Incomplete application packets as of the deadline will not receive further consideration.
The Palestinian Affairs Unit’s Public Affairs Section’s Small Grants Review Committee will consider all complete application packets received, and a written response will be provided to all applicants who submitted a complete application packet by the deadline. Please understand that only a limited number of proposals can be funded. Many more applications are received than we have the ability to fund and therefore, it is a competitive process. Proposals submitted in Arabic will not be considered; please submit all documents in English.
New application dates for Small Grants in 2019 will be posted soon.