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Public Affairs Section: Annual Program Statement
March 1, 2021

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu is soliciting proposals for grants/ cooperative agreements from not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions for programs/activities that focus on one of the priority areas specified below.

a. Mitigating the Socio-Economic and Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19: Activities that help generate employment opportunities for youth, particularly women and support mental health of minority communities.

b. Addressing Climate Change: Activities that inform, influence and persuade government authorities and policymakers to accept climate change a cross-cutting agenda.

c. Indo-Pacific Vision: Activities that advance U.S. and Nepal efforts to increase prosperity, good governance, and cooperation with other countries in South Asia and the Pacific region.

d. Entrepreneurship development:Programs that strengthen the entrepreneurship and economic development ecosystem in Nepal, and expand access to that ecosystem among minority communities, women, youth, and less-developed areas of Nepal.

e. Democratic Governance: Activities that promote the values and reinforce the U.S.-Nepal partnership, including but not limited to democratic values of:

    1. freedom of speech
    2. transparency
    3. accountability
    4. Voters and Civic Education

f. Youth, women and minority empowerment:Activities that enhance opportunity, increase participation in STEM education, cultivate skills, as well as improve livelihoods for members of marginalized communities.

g. Social Change through performing arts:Activities that utilize performing arts to address social issues pertinent to Nepal, such as gender-based violence, LGBTI and minority rights, freedom of speech, and transparency and accountability.

Eligibility Information: U.S. and Nepal registered not-for-profit, civil society/non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions with relevant programming experience. This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.
Application DeadlineApplications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the final closing date of this annual program statement on May 31, 2021. However, applicants are highly encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

Applicants must submit all application materials electronically to the following email address: cultureKTM@state.gov .

PAS Budget Narrative Template (xlsx 32KB)
PAS-KTM-APS-FY2021 (docx 55 KB)
Organization Survey (docx 34KB)