U.S Embassy Kigali, Rwanda, Notice of Funding Opportunity – Cultural Festivals in Rwanda


Funding Opportunity Title: Cultural Festivals in Rwanda

Funding Opportunity Number: SRW-600-FY20-001

Deadline for Applications: Open October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: $25,000


U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out cultural festivals in Rwanda through December 31, 2020.

Program Objectives:

U.S. Embassy Kigali supports cultural festivals in Rwanda in order to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Rwanda and to advance outreach on embassy policy priorities. The current embassy policy priorities are: 1. Advancing regional peace and security; 2. Increasing bilateral economic growth, trade, and investment; 3.Promoting inclusive country-led development by improving health and education for all; and 4.Expanding democracy, human rights, media freedom, and access to justice. Embassy Kigali interprets cultural festivals broadly, to include music, visual arts, literature, sports, dance, drama, performing arts, theatre, cinema, food, traditional crafts, folklore, etc.

Successful grant applicants will identify a specific and identifiable connection between their cultural festival and the United States, American culture, or the Embassy and will explain this connection in their proposal.

Participants and Audiences:

Embassy Kigali is interested in connecting with a wide variety of audiences in Rwanda. We value programming that is as inclusive as possible.


Length of performance period: to be determined on a case by case basis

Number of awards anticipated: to be determined

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000

Total available funding: to be determined

Type of Funding: FY20 Smith-Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds

Anticipated program start date: to be determined

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation, including input during the planning process on content. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed before December 31, 2020.


1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

• Local or international not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
• Local or international public and private educational institutions
• Rwandan or foreign individuals
• Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is encouraged, but not required.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must be registered as a not for-profit organization, not as a business. All organizations must also have an NCAGE code, a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.

For more information,please visit https://rw.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/147/91021-NOFO-Cultural-Festivals.pdf


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