Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY21-01)

Funding Opportunity Title: Request for Statement of Interest for Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022
Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-01
Deadline for Applications: This SOI covers two application submittal periods, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

  1. For Fiscal Year 2021: June 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9, in order to be funded by September 30, 2021
  2. Proposals received after June 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9 and before June 30, 2022 11:59 p.m. GMT+9 will be considered for FY 2022 funding.

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs           
Total Amount Available: $200,000 / Fiscal Year
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $1,000
Expected Number of Awards: 5ea – 10ea / Fiscal Year

*** This notice is subject to availability of funding.

The U.S. Embassy Seoul of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out  – 1) Innovative programs to advance the U.S.-ROK Alliance with priority going to proposals outside of Seoul; 2) Exchanges between the U.S. and Korea, with a preference for programs sending Koreans to the United States; and 3)  Programs connecting U.S. and Korean youth leaders on issues of mutual concern.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process.  Applicants must first submit a concise 1-2 pages statement of interest designed to clearly communicate the program idea and objectives.  This is not a full proposal.  The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation prior to requiring the development of a full proposal application.  Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to expand on their program idea(s) by submitting a full proposal application.  Full proposals will go through a second merit review before a final funding decision are made. 

Program Objectives:

PD Seoul invites SOIs for programs that strengthen U.S.-ROK Alliance through various innovative programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.  All programs must include an American element and designed to promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives among important audiences in Korea.

Program Area 1) “Innovative programs” to advance the U.S.-ROK Alliance with priority going to proposals outside of Seoul.

Participants and Audiences:

  • Key influencers, including but limited to regional media, civil society leaders, and members of regional governments;
  • Regional/local media consumers (all demographics), reached through traditional and social media platforms;
  • Youth leaders (ages 18-25) and youth interested in studying in the U.S.;
  • Alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs; and/or
  • Alumni of U.S. universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs)

Program Area 2) “Exchanges” between the United States and Korea, with a preference for programs sending Koreans to the United States.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic situations, we will consider funding virtual programs, as well as in person exchanges.

Participants and Audiences:

  • Emerging leaders across sectors 

Program Area 3) Programs connecting U.S. and Korean youth leaders on issues of mutual concern, including but not limited to climate change, combating infectious disease/public health, business and trade, and promoting human rights / rule of law / the rules-based international order, etc.

Participants and Audiences:

  • Youth (age 16-18) enrolled in Korean high schools.
  • Young adults (age 18-29) enrolled at Korean universities or recently graduated.
  • Potential members of affinity groups.

A SOI template must be submitted by email to SeoulPDGrants@state.gov (You may use our template: ‘Template Link’).
Enter the “Funding opportunity number” provided above to the beginning of the subject line of the email (i.e.: PD-SEOUL-FY21-01: applicant name).

Note:  We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the announcement. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.