Call for Proposals for Earth Fund in Africa and United States closing date 28 February 2021

Southern Africa Youth Project has published the Call for Proposals for Earth Fund in Africa and United States closing date 28 February 2021

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  • Eligible Country: Africa and United States 
  • Closing Date:  12 May 2021
  • Categories of Organisations: All organisations 
  • Opportunity Type: Call for proposal
  • Submit Application: Online 
  • Inviting Company/Donor: The Cultural Survival
  • Website for Application and information:  Click Here 


The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding may be available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is a Notice of Funding Opportunity soliciting proposals from organizations that seek to assist Rwandan youth, women, persons with disabilities, and other audiences to have virtual access to U.S. Embassy programs. Please carefully read this in its entirety and follow instructions to apply.

Purpose of Small Grants: PAS Kigali invites local, Rwandan, non-profit, non-governmental organizations to submit a proposal for programs that will facilitate U.S. Embassy target audiences to virtually join programs, particularly for audiences that do not have sufficient funds for data costs or other internet costs associated with participating in virtual programs. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Embassy has sought to minimize in-person public diplomacy programs to help keep the people of Rwanda safe from COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy has had ongoing programs to promote economic growth, youth leadership, and democracy and good governance, most of which are undertaken virtually using Google Meet, Zoom, or other virtual meeting platforms. Rwandan audiences join us from inside and outside of Kigali, from every province of Rwanda. However, data costs for many would-be participants are too high for them to join. The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section seeks to partner with a local organization that also wants to assist more Rwandans to participate in our virtual programs. We anticipate 100-200 virtual programs of one to two-hour duration over the course of a one-year period. Successful proposals will offer to coordinate with the U.S. Embassy on guest lists for virtual programs, then work with invited guests to send guests sufficient funds or data for them to participate in the U.S. Embassy program. Guest lists can be as small as five people, or up to more than 100 people depending on the program and platform. U.S. Embassy virtual programs will continue even after COVID-19 is no longer a public health threat, as more audiences gain familiarity with engaging virtually. Successful proposals may offer other components to facilitate virtual engagement, such as training for target audiences to effectively engage using virtual platforms, or other components. However, the main and priority component of the grant is to assist audiences with funds and data to participate in U.S. Embassy programs. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate how the organization proposes to do this and provide a clear plan of funding or data distribution to participants. Successful grantees will proactively show progress towards results through regular reporting to the U.S. Embassy. Individuals, companies, for-profit organizations, and organizations outside of Rwanda are not eligible for grants.

Priority Participants and Audiences:

  • Youth aged 18-35;
  • Young professionals;
  • Above categories with focus on women and/or people with disabilities.

Learn more about U.S. Embassy Kigali’s current policy priorities at

The Public Affairs Section cannot fund:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations or companies;
  • Commercial or trade activities;
  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable or development activities;
  • Construction projects;
  • Projects that support specific religious activities;
  • Fund-raising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
  • Scientific research;
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad;
  • Vehicle purchases
  • Individuals or organizations from outside of Rwanda; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding:

The source of funding is FY2021 Public Diplomacy Funding.


Length of performance period: Three to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: Subject to funding availability.

Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $5,000

Anticipated program start date: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. The appropriate level of “substantial involvement” will be agreed upon by PAS Kigali and the grantee prior to award notification. 

Program Performance Period: Performance of this grant should be completed in 12 months or less.



  1. Eligible Applicants

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Non-profit educational institutions

Please note: For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  

  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is welcome, but not required.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet, as well as a valid registration on Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a DUNS number or be registered in



  1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity;
  • All documents are in English;
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars;
  • All pages are numbered;
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required:

  1. Mandatory application forms available at
  • SF-424(Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals)
  • SF424A(Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
  • SF424B(Assurances for Non-Construction programs) or SF-424B-Individual


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