Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy Bamako Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. Please carefully follow all the instructions in the Annual Program Statement document and submit your complete proposal to  All received proposals will be reviewed according to the deadline schedule listed in the Application and Submission section below, subject to timely availability of funding.  Please note the following requirements in addition to those listed in the Annual Program Statement.

  • Programs must have a connection to the United States, whether by the involvement of an American person or institution, or through the promotion of an aspect of American culture.
  • Proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be in U.S. dollars.
  • Programs must address one of the key priorities listed below.
  • All proposals must include a monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Complete application packets must be sent to

Purpose of Small Grants

PAS Bamako invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Mali by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation. All programs must advance one of the key priorities listed below, promote an element of American culture, or have a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased ties between the United States and Mali and foster understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions
  • Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs
  • Civic engagement and social activism programs

 Key Priority Areas and Audiences

 The purpose of projects funded under the Annual Program Statement is to strengthen ties between American and Malian citizens as we work together to make progress toward the goals outlined below.

  • Strengthening independent media and fighting disinformation through media literacy, training and other engagement;
  • Ensuring participation of citizens, especially women and youth, in the democratic process;
  • Fostering economic growth and entrepreneurship;
  • Advancing anti-corruption efforts and promoting transparency and good governance;
  • Promoting inclusive social development, particularly by empowering women and girls;
  • Engaging underserved populations, including persons with disabilities, through art, sports, culture and other creative programs;
  • Promoting tolerance and peace;
  • Strengthening community resilience to extremism; and
  • Promoting English language study and acquisition.


For-profit or commercial entities are NOT eligible to apply. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Malian applicants from:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
  • Individuals; and
  • Non-profit or public educational institutions.

The following types of programs are NOT eligible for funding form the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako:

  • 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; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

If your project is ineligible, please check back to this page to view future U.S. Embassy grant opportunities that may be better suited for your project.

Review Criteria

 Each application will be rated based on the evaluation criteria outlined in the Annual Program Statement document.

Application and Submission

The Public Affairs Section will accept proposals throughout the year and review them according to the following deadline schedule, pending funds available.

  • Deadline of December 31, 2020 for January 2021 Review Panel
  • Deadline of March 31, 2021 for April 2021 Review Panel
  • Deadline of June 30, 2021 for July 2021 Review Panel

Required application forms are available on the right-hand side of this page. Please carefully follow all the instructions in the Annual Program Statement document.  Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.  If you have submitted a proposal and the review committee does not approve it on the first look, it may consider the application again at the next review panel.  There is no need to resubmit your application.

Applications must be submitted by email to