The Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a call for proposals under an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program. The projects set forth in this NOFO support the empowerment of Pakistani youth through sports and education, helping to develop the confidence crucial to their academic and professional success.
CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this opportunity is to enable civil society, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to implement projects to help underserved youth across Pakistan develop important leadership skills, prepare them for success in the work place, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their communities and the environment. Preference will be given to proposals that include target audiences outside the urban centers of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Proposals that engage partners in India and/or Afghanistan will be reviewed favorably.
Proposals should include a methodology to survey beneficiaries before and after activities occur to measure quantitative and qualitative progress. Proposals should also incorporate post-grant activities to ensure grant participants form a professional network or otherwise incentivize participants to stay in touch with each other after the end of the grant period.
This NOFO supports CAO Islamabad’s initiatives in the following project areas:
1. English-Language Book Clubs across Borders – Pakistan/Afghanistan
2. Nation-wide Youth Sport Camps
3. Fostering Youth Civic Leadership
4. Promoting Digital Literacy and Citizenship