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Africa Regional Services (ARS) Speaker Program: Statement of Interest (SOI)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted September 1, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on September 29, 2021
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The Africa Regional Services based in Paris (ARS) of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs has announced an open competition for U.S. citizen individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to be considered for a small grant as a guest speaker or artist to conduct outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in sub Saharan Africa.

Priority Program Areas:
• Disability rights and awareness and inclusion
• Freedom of Expression / Citizen Journalism
• Countering Gender Based Violence
• Good Governance / Rule of Law
• Human Rights
• News Media Business Management
• Journalism skills and World
• Press Freedom
• NGO / Civic Leadership
• Racial and Ethnic Diversity
• Transparency and Accountability
• Public Management
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Countering Disinformation
• Countering Violent Extremism
• Cybersecurity
• Preventing International Trafficking in Persons
• Energy Security
• Wildlife Protection / Illegal fishing / judicial aspects of wildlife trafficking
• STEAM (science technology engineering arts and math)
• Youth Empowerment
• Women’s Leadership
• Arts Management
• Climate Change
• Space policy
• Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions
• Environment and waste management.

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Eligibility Criteria
1. Eligible Applicants:
a) American citizen individuals who can lead programs within their area of expertise in French, Portuguese, or Spanish based in the U.S., Africa, Brazil and Europe;
b) Proof of citizenship by U.S. passport; U.S. green card holders if part of a performing artist group;
2. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
3. Cost sharing is not required.
4. Other Requirements:
a) Applicants may submit one SOI;
b) Individuals are required to have a Social Security Number in order to comply with Internal Revenue Services reporting requirements.

ARS in coordination with U.S. embassy public affairs sections in sub-Sahara Africa seek to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of society with the goal of broadening support for, and understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values.

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of USD$500 to a maximum of USD$10,000.

Length of performance period: 1-12 months.

Closing Date for Applications: September 30, 2021.

Applicants should expect to hear from ARS whether or not s/he is placed on the roster within one month of submitting the SOI and CV/resume.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 01
Sep 01

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• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Sep 03
Sep 03

Thanks, Ana.