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US embassy opens grants for Maldivian non-profits

Mariyam Malsa
24 June 2019, MVT 19:45
United States Embassy in Colombo. PHOTO: COLOMBO GAZETTE
Mariyam Malsa
24 June 2019, MVT 19:45

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United States Embassy announced funding opportunities for non-profit organisations in Maldives under its Public Diplomacy grants program.

The grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals. To be eligible, applicants must hold non-profit status.

While applications opened on May 30, interested individuals and organisations must forward electronic copies of all required documents to ColomboPDGrants@state.gov on or before August 1, 2019.

To be considered for the grant program, proposals must support either one of the goals mentioned below:

-Reinforce Maldivian capacity to combat terrorism.

- Increase the capacity of local democratic institutions to ensure respect for human rights.

- Support the international community's capability to ensure free and open Indo-Pacific.

The US Embassy will evaluate applications based on a set of criteria which includes sustainability, feasibility and the proposing organization's technical capacity to complete its project and evaluate its success.

Recipients of grants issued under the Public Diplomacy grants program must submit progress reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. Final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the conclusion of the project period.

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