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US Embassy invites grant proposals for innovative initiatives

The United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is calling for grant proposals through its Small Grants Programme to implement innovative initiatives that support key priorities of the US government. These grants can fund small projects up to USD30,000.

The embassy encourages those interested to submit proposals on one of the following priority themes: environment, civic education, civil society development, culture and arts, journalism, entrepreneurship, and COVID-19 recovery. Non-profit and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to apply for the programme.

To apply, applicants must submit a request for federal assistance form, which can be obtained from the US Embassy website (bn.usembassy.gov) and a grant proposal document. The proposal document must outline the following information: proposal summary, introduction to the applying organisation or individual, problem statement, programme goals or objectives, proposed programme schedule, media strategy and proposed budget.

“The purpose of the Small Grants Programme is to empower individuals and organisations to conduct work they might not be able to fund themselves,” said US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Jeff Barrus.

“We know there are a lot of good ideas out there that align with our goals. With funding, these ideas can become projects that solve problems and have a tremendously positive impact on communities across Brunei.”

Past Small Grants projects have included Kaleidoscope Studio’s ‘The New Normal COVID Art Competition’, Project Women’s ‘Legally Speaking’ free webinar series to address legal issues surrounding women and children, Elroy Ramatan’s ‘Minority Report’ project to raise awareness of indigenous cultures, and Shaima Misli’s ‘AdvocaSEA Camp’ which introduced youth to marine conservation issues.

Completed submissions must be sent electronically to EmbassyBruneiPAS@state.gov. The deadline for submission is May 9.

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