Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

Mural Art Grant Opportunity

Deadline: December 15, 2019

A.  Background

Embassy Kathmandu’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) and the United States Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF) are soliciting proposals from interested individuals and non-profit organizations for design and painting of a mural artwork. The mural will kick-off USEF’s relocation, highlight the connection of the U.S. Embassy, the Peace Corps, and the Fulbright Commission and celebrate shared values between the United States and Nepal. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2019. The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu and USEF will select an individual or organization to 1) design the site-specific mural art; and 2) paint the wall with the approved design. Please carefully follow all instructions below before applying.

B.  Program description and Requirements

Community Description:

The site is in Maharajgunj near the Peace Corp building and the new U.S. Education Foundation (USEF) building. The wall is being lent by a local school to increase visibility of the U.S. properties nearby and support U.S. and Nepal shared values- education, diversity, and inclusion.

The proposed project will:

  • Promote and strengthen U.S. Nepal bilateral relationship through visual aesthetic
  • Promote art as an advocacy tool to enrich the community and freedom of expression

The selected grantee will:

  • Create designs in coordination with The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy and USEF.
  • Paint the wall by collaborating with local stakeholders as advised by PAS/USEF.

C.  Audience:

The general public and students

D.  Funding

Subject to availability of funds, the U.S. Embassy/USEF will provide funding to cover all costs of the project. Although cost-sharing or matching is encouraged, it’s not mandatory. Individuals or organizations selected for the first round will be called for in-person consultation to discuss the design and budget. The Grants Officer will choose the finalist based on consultations.

The mural should be completed by January 15, 2019. 

E.  Application Procedure and Deadline

For proposals to be considered, you must include the following information on the organization’s letterhead (Individuals may use a plain sheet).  Please follow all instructions below carefully.  Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible:

  • Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant’s name (organization), proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  • Contact information
  • Organizational description (except individuals) and capacity (1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program)
  • Project narrative and methodology
  • Implementation Timeline
  • Artist portfolio (Photos of previously completed mural works either by the artist or the organization)
  • Concept note of proposed design in less than 200 words
  • The proposed mural must be original work and of safe design and construction

Proposals should be submitted in English via email no later than December 15, 2019, 3 P.M. Nepal time to culturektm@state.gov with the subject line “Proposal for Mural Art Grant Opportunity”

F.  Eligibility

The following organizations or individuals are eligible to apply:

  • Individual (Preference will be given to local Nepali artists with proven experience in mural works)
  • Not-for-profit art-based organizations, including civil society/non-governmental organizations with proven experience in mural works (Preference will be given to local Nepali organizations)
  • Public and private educational institutions

This status should be documented in the organization’s proposal.  Organizations must provide proof of registration and non-profit status with their proposal application.  U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.  Nepal-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.

G.  Other Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization or individual. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

H.  Reporting Requirements

The selected grantee will be expected to meet the PAS and USEF officers for consultation and provide regular updates through emails. The selected grantee will be required to submit programmatic and financial reports upon completion of the project.  Additionally, the organization/individual must submit an excel spreadsheet containing all financial transactions to the U.S. Embassy at the end of the project.

If you have any questions/concerns, please write to culturektm@state.gov or call at 01-423 4024.