Africa Regional Services Paris Annual Program Statement: ARS Speaker Program

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Africa Regional Services Paris Annual Program Statement: ARS Speaker Program: Africa Regional Services based in Paris (ARS) of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs announces an open competition for U.S. citizen individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to be considered for a small grant as a guest speaker, artist, or athlete/coach to conduct outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in sub–Saharan Africa. ARS Speakers generally give professional lectures, seminars, as well as artistic and cultural workshops and masterclasses or conduct athletic camps and trainings. Please carefully follow all instructions below. The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process. Using the SOI form available at, applicants must submit their statement of interest, in English, that includes: area of expertise and topics covered with a short outline, foreign language (French or Portuguese) ability in addition to English, a description of the speaker’s presentation style and links to videos of presentation (if available), preferred audience. previous experience as a speaker, credentials and/or testimonials/brief endorsement, a copy of the applicant’s U.S. passport, And attach a CV or resume. SOI must be submitted using the dedicated form available at, and applicants must upload supporting documents. The purpose of the SOI is to allow applicants to submit their credentials for consideration of inclusion on ARS roster of available speakers who will collaborate with U.S. Embassies and Consulates in sub-Saharan Africa to reach target audiences. Once a merit review of eligible SOIs has been completed, selected applicants will be interviewed. Following the interview with the speaker team, successful applicants will be added to the roster. Successful applicants added to the roster will be contacted by the speaker team when/if a speaker request by an Africa-based U.S. Embassy for a specific program match the applicant’s skills. Objectives Africa Regional Services is pleased to solicit for virtual and in-person programs. This is a Statement of Interest outlining our priorities, themes, and the procedures for submitting your candidacy as a U.S. speaker. Programs must be led in French, Portuguese, or English. Speakers and artists must demonstrate cultural cooperation between the U.S. and sub-Sahara Africa and indicate the strong transatlantic relationship of our people. Priority Program Areas Foster Openness and Open Societies Democracy, Good Governance and the Rule of Law Transparency and Accountability Civic Education Journalism Skills Press Freedom Citizen Journalism NGO/Civic Leadership, Public Management Youth Empowerment Women’s Leadership Disability Rights, Awareness and Inclusion Diversity and Inclusion (business and economic development, communication and dialogue, education and awareness, identity, activism, and leadership) Deliver Democratic and Security Dividends Preventing International Trafficking in Persons Human Rights, LGBTQI+ Countering Gender Based Violence Countering Disinformation Cybersecurity Countering Violent Extremism Digital Literacy Economic Prosperity Entrepreneurship and Innovation Arts Entrepreneurship, Management Media Business Management STEAM (science technology engineering arts and math) Support Conservation, Climate Adaption, and Just Energy Transition Climate Change, Environment and Waste Management Energy Security Wildlife Protection/Illegal fishing/Judicial Aspects of Wildlife Trafficking Space Policy Ocean conservation Participants and Audiences ARS in coordination with U.S. Embassy public diplomacy sections in sub-Sahara Africa seek to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of society with the goal of broadening support for, and understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values.
Federal Grant Title: Africa Regional Services Paris Annual Program Statement: ARS Speaker Program
Federal Agency Name: Africa Regional Services (DOS-FRA-ARS)
Grant Categories: Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: AF-PDPA-FY24-01
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 19.040
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: May 17th, 2024
Original Application Deadline: May 17th, 2024
Posted Date: March 18th, 2024
Creation Date: March 18th, 2024
Archive Date: June 16th, 2024
Total Program Funding: $80,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $10,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $600
Expected Number of Awards: 20
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: March 18th, 2024
Category Explanation
Public Diplomacy Programs
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Grant Announcement Contact
Africa Regional Services
ARS Speaker Email
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