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U.S. Embassy Seoul: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

Deadline: 1 June 2018

The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

PAS Seoul invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American element or connection with American experts, organizations, or institutions in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Priority Areas
  • Build the Capacity of DPRK Defectors
    • Strengthen the network of NGOs and other service providers dedicated to helping DPRK defectors successfully resettle and integrate into South Korean society.
    • Support opportunities for DPRK defectors to improve English proficiency and media literacy.
    • Expand the reach of DPRK defectors’ narratives to audiences within and beyond the Korean Peninsula.
  • Empower Women
    • Support civil society organizations working to strengthen Korea’s domestic violence legal framework.
    • Strengthen female networks within the STEM fields.
  • Promote Universal Human Rights
    • Advance human rights and increase understanding and tolerance of minority populations, such as people living with disabilities, LGBT persons, adherents of non-mainstream religions, and DPRK defectors.
    • Support civil society’s efforts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passage of the ROK Disability Act.
  • Strengthen Security Cooperation
    • Enhance understanding of the economic and security benefits attained through U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
    • Increase awareness that simultaneously ensuring the free flow of data on the internet while strengthening critical infrastructure protections is important for the fourth industrial revolution.
    • Raise awareness of the importance of cyber security and promote strong cyber technology and security practices.
    • Expand awareness that continued cooperation with nations around the world to detect, prevent, and respond to infectious diseases protects U.S. and ROK citizens and bolsters security in East Asia.
  • U.S.-ROK Trade Balance
    • Promote entrepreneurialism.
    • Improve marketing of U.S. colleges.
Funding Information
While PAS will consider proposals up to $75,000, projects that are smaller in scope are more likely to be considered.  Historically, most projects we have funded have been in the range of $25,000 to $45,000.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and ROK:
    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
    • Non-profit or educational institutions
    • Governmental institutions
    • Individuals (when applying as an individual, please note that only ‘Direct Cost’ to the subject applicant is allowed to be funded; e.g. travel expenses for the applicant, small amount of program materials)
  • For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy Seoul.