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The Cultural Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works to share the best of the American arts community with the world to foster mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges. Our colleagues in the South Central Asia bureau have recently released a new Request For Proposals (RFP). U.S. and non- U.S. institutions have the opportunity to submit proposals highlighting the relationship between two or more countries in the region and their connection along the New Silk Road. Grant and proposal details are provided below. The deadline for submitting a proposal is August 16th. We invite you join a conference call on August 1 so we can answer any questions you may have prior to this deadline.
The U.S. Department of State has issued an RFP in support of people-to-people activities between any combination of two or more South and Central Asian nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. This competition is designed to use people-to-people activities that advance the vision of a New Silk Road connecting Afghanistan to its neighbors through networks of trade, transit and people, or expand regional connectivity along the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor. This RFP is intentionally broad to encourage creative proposals one of the priority themes based on the applicant’s strengths.
Each proposal must specifically respond to one priority theme: cultural heritage and understanding; access to education; journalistic ties & regional reporting; or cross-border networks and problem solving.