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May 21, 2021

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Merida Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)


Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Funding Opportunity Title:  Public Diplomacy Grant Program Empowering communities through STEM education, Entrepreneurship and English Language Skills.

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-MER-2021-01

Deadline for Applications: June 4, 2021

Assistance Listing Number: 19.040

Total Amount Available: $15,000 USD

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The United States Consulate General in Merida / PAS Merida of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations and State Department ALUMNI to submit applications to carry out public diplomacy projects in the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.  Projects can be completely virtual or have a mix of virtual and in-person activities, if and only  when local COVID-19 contingency guidelines permit it and are strictly followed.  Please follow all instructions below. Priority Region: Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan Program Objectives: 

The program shall improve the STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, entrepreneurship and/or English language skills in underserved communities. By the end of the program, participants will have sufficient knowledge and access to relevant tools, as well as increased educational and employment opportunities in Mexico. All proposals should promote an increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

  • STEM Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • English Language

Participants and Audiences: Proposals should engage with underserved communities, women, and youth. The target audience for STEAM education is Mexican youth age 16-23. The target audience for entrepreneurship programs is underserved populations such as women and indigenous communities.  The target audience for English training is English teachers or university students

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Length of performance period: One day to 12 months Number of awards anticipated: up to five Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $5,000 Total available funding: $15,000

Type of Funding:  FY21 Fulbright/Hays Funds Anticipated program start date:  October 2021 This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type:  Grant, fixed amount award, or cooperative agreement.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in twelve months or less.  The U.S. Consulate reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the proposal as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. government. PAS will consider applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a non-competitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State. C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible Applicants The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, civil including think tanks and civil society/ non-governmental organizations, civil society/non-governmental organizations working in the states of Campeche,  Quintana Roo and Yucatan
  • State department Alumni from the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan
  • Public and private educational institutions from the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION The following documents are required:

1. NOFO Online Registration Form

2. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.

3. Proposal (5 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.

  • Proposal Summary
  • Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying
  • Problem Statement
  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Program Activities
  • Program Methods and Design
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline
  • Key Personnel
  • Program Partners
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan:
  • Future Funding or Sustainability 
  • Branding Plan

4. Budget Justification Narrative: Applicants must submit the complete budget template and description, including unit costs, quantities, and any other relevant information that may impact the total cost of the project.

5. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) when selected. Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of June 4, 2021  No applications will be accepted after that date.

All application materials must be submitted by email to MeridaPAS@state.gov

Please read carefully the complete Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)