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U.S. Department of State Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) Notice of Funding Opportunity
March 11, 2022

U.S. Department of State

Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU)

Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program to support human rights projects. We seek proposals from organizations and individuals that meet all program eligibility requirements detailed below. Interested parties should submit proposals to VAUGrants@fan.gov by April 4 2022 / 5:00 (Caracas time).


VAU PAS invites proposals for projects that promote human rights, strengthen the networks of human rights defenders within the country, and/or provide tools to educate Venezuelans on the defense of human rights. The program must include a U.S. cultural element or connection with U.S.-based experts, organizations, or institutions. The program will be developed in cooperation with the VAU.

In particular, the VAU is looking for an organization or individual to create, plan, coordinate, and execute a human rights project that includes any of the following components: training, mentorship, information/resources, speaker series.

Successful proposals will include a comprehensive monitoring and reporting plan to be implemented before, during, and after the program implementation.


Announcement posted: 03/11/2022

Closing date for applications: 04/04/2022

Funding type: Cooperative agreement

Decision date: no later than 04/29/2022

Expected size of individual awards: Between $15,000 to $25,000.

Total available funding: $80,000

Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2022 Public Diplomacy Funding

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

Anticipated program start date: July 15, 2022

This notice is subject to availability of funding. Although project budgets should be within the minimum and maximum set in this document, the VAU reserves the right to award less or more than the funds requested as it deems to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.


1. Eligible Applicants:

The following individuals are eligible to apply:

● Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience

● Individuals

● Non-profit or educational institutions

● USG sponsored exchange alumni

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

2. Cost Sharing

Inclusion of cost share is not required, but some cost share is preferred.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

If the grant will be processed with an individual, that individual is not required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number or be registered in SAM.gov. However, should the grant be processed with an organization that is a partner in the project, that organization must have a UEI, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Organizations must have a commitment to equal opportunity employment practices and to non-discrimination practices with regard to beneficiaries, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

DUNS numbers are no longer being used. They will be replaced and assigned a UEI by Sam.gov. UEIs are being given to organizations who register/renew this year. As a reminder Sam.gov needs to be renewed yearly. https://sam.gov/content/home

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal.

For more information you can download this file: Human Rights NOFO