Notice of Funding Opportunity: USA and Greece – Commemoration of the 2021 Bicentennial in coordination with the Committee “Greece 2021″

U.S. Department of State U.S. Embassy Greece
Public Affairs Section Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
Funding Opportunity Title: USA and Greece — Commemoration of the 2021 Bicentennial in coordination with the Committee “Greece 2021”
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Athens-NOFO-FY20-02

Posted Date: May 19, 2020
Deadline for Applications: June 26, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040

Public Diplomacy Programs Award Floor and Ceiling: USD 10,000 – USD 50,000

This funding opportunity is in support of Greece’s 2021 celebrations, as agreed upon during the 2019 Strategic Dialogue between the governments of the United States and Greece. Approved programs that wish to be implemented in coordination with the National Committee “Greece 2021,” come under its auspices and benefit from the use of its logo, will need to receive further approval by the Committee. Other relevant initiatives may also be considered. The funding opportunity pertains to programs highlighting the American contributions to the history of the Greek War of Independence, the bilateral collaboration through the last 200 years and the future exchanges between the two countries and peoples.

The U.S. Embassy Athens Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) in support of programming to highlight U.S.-Greek friendship as a part of Greece’s upcoming commemoration of the 200 year anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence (“bicentennial”) in 2021. This NOFO outlines our priorities and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is June 26, 2020. Funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning in the summer of 2020, through 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding of projects between $10,000 and $50,000, however, we will consider proposals that exceed this amount on a case by case basis. Please use the grant application documents and budget template found on the sidebar of our website. PAS welcomes proposals from multiple organizations working together in partnerships, or projects related to the U.S. that are in support of broader bicentennial programming, implemented by subgrantees.

This notice is subject to the availability of funds.

The purpose of this NOFO is to support 2021 Commemorations: PAS invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Greece through concrete demonstrations of cooperation between our two peoples. All grant proposals must convey an element of American history, culture, or shared values. Competitive proposals should support a 2021 bicentennial priority area (described below). Competitive proposals should also include a connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) that will promote increased cooperation between the people of the United States and Greece even after the program is complete.

2021 Bicentennial Priority Areas: The Public Affairs Section is focused on bilateral priorities in the form of programs, exchanges and media opportunities that:

  • Create digital content to share the stories of Greeks, Americans, and Greek-Americans who excelled or are excelling in business, science, and the arts that serve as connectors between our countries. The content would be for placement on Embassy social media platforms and potentially local media outlets.
  • Exhibit innovations (including innovations from Greeks in the U.S.) and new technologies that build bridges between the U.S. and Greece and which will help shape the future.
  • Support the U.S. role as the honored country for the 2021 Thessaloniki International Book Fair, exploring our shared bonds and history, and highlighting our shared future, through literature.
  • Promote cultural ties through large-scale cultural, artistic, or historical exhibitions or events in Athens and Thessaloniki, with potential to tour to other locations in Greece and participate in local festivals.
  • Establish new entrepreneurship initiatives, through workshops with American experts for startups on how to continue their work following the Covid-19 pandemic, pivot their ideas and adjust to new realities. This may also involve travel between the U.S. and Greece to facilitate engagement with American venture capitalists and possibility of monetary awards for the top startups in the program.
  • Highlight the contribution of American Philhellenes, the historical connections between our two countries, and the connection and inspiration shared between the leaders of the American Revolution and subsequently the Greek War for Independence.
  • Counter disinformation from malign actors who would seek to distort the historical record.

All application materials must be submitted electronically in English to Application materials submitted via other means will not be accepted.

Please submit your proposal using the application forms found on the right side bar of this page.

For more information, eligibility, and deadlines please read: NOFO-PAS-Athens-FY20-02.PDF

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