Fulbright Alumni- Notice of Funding Opportunity

VAU PAS Request for Statements of Interest: 

Fulbright 75th Anniversary: 75 years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections

Fulbright Alumni- Notice of Funding Opportunity

Department of State



Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) PAS Request for Statements of Interest: Fulbright 75th Anniversary: 75 years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections

Deadline for Applications:             Proposals deadline April, 19  2021

CFDA Number:                               19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Estimated total program funding: $150,000

Award Ceiling:                               $20,000

Award floor:                                     $10,000


The Fulbright Program is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2021 and the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) is offering a Notice of Funding Opportunity for Venezuelan Fulbright Alumni with the goal of positively impacting the Venezuelan people. Fulbright Alumni living in Venezuela or as part of a Venezuelan diaspora community abroad may apply.  Proposals should primarily benefit audiences residing in Venezuela, but may include diaspora as well.


The VAU invites applicants to submit a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) that strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and the people of Venezuela through cultural, educational, and media support programs that highlight shared values and promote a peaceful, democratic transition.

This is a two-part process. Applicants should first submit a SOI. This is not a full proposal, but a concise, one-to-three-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The VAU Public Affairs Section (PAS) will review SOIs and invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.

Purpose of Public Diplomacy Grants:

PAS VAU invites proposals for communications, cultural and educational programs that support  initiatives that highlight shared values, and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must convey an element of U.S. culture, history, and/or shared values. Competitive proposals should also include a connection with U.S. experts, organizations, or institutions that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives and/or increased cooperation between the people of the United States and Venezuela even after the program has concluded. 


Priority Program Areas:


PAS VAU will prioritize grant proposals that address the following themes:


  •   Alumni engagement programs: activities that strengthen alumni networking and promote increased engagement among Fulbright alumni, including alumni of other USG programs.


  •     Supporting freedom of speech and expression, including via civic education.


  •     Ensuring participation of citizens in the democratic process through education and outreach.


  • Generating and promoting Scientific knowledge in higher education through workshops, panels, conferences, research papers and journal publications. 


  •     Economic growth and entrepreneurship, particularly for marginalized women and other minority groups.


  •     Projects that promote access to public health and/or remote education, human rights, democratic governance, and/or addresses Venezuelan citizens’ needs due to the man-made humanitarian crisis.


  •     Promoting inclusive social development, particularly through empowering women and girls, persons with disabilities, and Afro-Venezuelans.


The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:


  •                           Programs relating to partisan political activity;


  •                           Charitable or development activities;


  •                           Construction programs;


  •                           Programs that support specific religious activities;


  •                           Fund-raising campaigns;


  •                           Lobbying for specific legislation or programs


  •                           Scientific research;


  •                           Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the    organization


  •                           Programs that duplicate existing programs.


  •                           Complete salaries for personnel.





Authorizing legislation, type, and year of funding:

The Statutory Authority for this program announcement is the Smith-Mundt Act. The source of funding is FY2020 Public Diplomacy Funding.


Number of awards anticipated: 5-10 awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts:                     $10,000 to $20,000.

Total available funding:        $150,000.

Type of Funding:                   Fiscal Year 2021 Public Diplomacy Funding

Anticipated program start date: June 1, 2021

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in one year or less.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Individual award, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. 




  •  1. Eligible Applicants:
  • Venezuelan Fulbright-US State Department Alumni residing in Venezuela or from the Venezuelan Diaspora.


For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  

  • 2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not required.


The VAU Public Affairs Section will accept proposals from now through April 19, 2021. PAS will accept and review proposals, with responses sent out in May, 2021. All application materials must be submitted by email to VAUCultural@state.gov 

All SOIs should ensure that the following requirements are met:

Please follow all instructions below carefully. SOIs that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  •       The SOI clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity

  •       All documents are in English

  •       All budgets are in U.S. dollars


The following document is required:

  1. Statement of Interest (not to exceed three pages) that includes:

  • The name of the organization seeking funding

  • Program activity locations


  • The total amount of funding requested from PAS, total amount of cost-share (if any), and total program cost (PAS funds + cost-share or other contributions)

  • Program length

  • A synopsis of the program, including a brief statement on how the program will have a demonstrated impact and engage relevant stakeholders

  • A concise breakdown explicitly identifying the program’s objectives and the activities, including a timeline of activities, and expected results that contribute to each objective

  • A brief description of the applicant(s) that demonstrates the applicant(s) expertise and capacity to implement the program and manage a U.S. government award.


A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible applications, considering the following criteria:

  • Quality and Feasibility of Program Idea: Is the proposed program needed? Will it meet program objectives and make an impact?

  •  Program Planning: Is the program designed to solve the stated problem and achieve the objectives? Are the timeline and activities well structured?

  •  Embassy priorities: Do the project goals relate to and support VAU’s priority areas?

  •  Ability to Achieve Objectives/Institutional Capacity: Does the applicant demonstrate the organization’s or individual’s expertise and previous experience in administering programs?

Successful applicants will be contacted by VAU PAS and invited to submit a full proposal. Instructions on the requirements of a full application submission will be provided at that time.


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