Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Link to Live News (Samoa) on U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Grant Program

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The U.S. Embassy this week honored 10 Samoan organizations and two individuals at a Grantee Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Residence, Vailima.

The organizations received funding from the U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2017 Public Diplomacy Grants programme as well as other funding support.

The two individuals are participants of the United States’ International Visitor Leadership Programme.

Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who was the Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum, congratulated the recipients.

This year’s grants total more than $200,000.

The Public Diplomacy Grants Programme is a small competitive programme offering grants of up to US$5,000 to local non-government organizations to strengthen democracy, engage youth, promote U.S.-Samoa links, address environmental and health issues, advance science and technology, increase respect for civil society and the rule of law, advance human rights and women’s rights.

The International Visitor Leadership Programme (I.V.L.P.) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme.

Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience America firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

(Source: Samoa Observer)

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