The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives welcomes grant applications for programs that address key development issues in Sri Lanka and Maldives to strengthen democratic institutions, promote ethnic/religious reconciliation and gender equality, provide sustainable economic growth through entrepreneurship and job skills training, foster media freedoms and promote transparency, strengthen environmental protection, and/or address transnational problems.
Deadline: 30 September 2016
Grant proposals will be accepted in three primary categories based on funding levels. Successful proposals will impact one of the issues highlighted above. In evaluating proposals, emphasis will be placed on the size of the budget, experience of the grantee on implementing programs, and diversity of audiences affected by the program.
Categories of awards: Category 1: $1000 – $9990: To conduct a series of classes or workshops on one of the key development issues above. Recommended for organizations with experience working in the subject matter but little or no past partnerships with the U.S. Embassy. Proposals can also include cultural or thematic events or informational products, such as a concert or printed/virtual/online guidebooks. Individual trainers seeking to hold regularly weekly classes or form activity clubs should apply under this category.
Category 2: $10000 – $24900: To conduct extended training for a diverse audience and/or produce material to raise awareness of one of the key development issues above. Recommended for organizations with substantial experience working in the subject matter and with past successful projects with the U.S. Embassy. Programs can include broad campaigns to support these development goals, workshops bringing international expertise, and other relevant projects.
Category 3: $25000 – 40,000: To conduct extended training for a diverse audience and/ or produce material to raise awareness of one of the key development issues above. Recommended for organizations with extensive experience working in the subject matter and past successful projects with the U.S. Embassy and other international donors. NOTE: This category is highly competitive.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."