Small Grants Program

Funding Opportunity Title: Annual Program Statement for Cultural Affairs Small Grants Program (PDF 290 KB)
Funding Opportunity Number: TASHKENT-PAS-FY22-006
Deadline for Applications: Rolling Deadlines: The first is May 15, 2022; The second is July 15, 2022.
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Maximum for Each Award: $15,000

The U.S. Embassy Tashkent Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the availability of funding through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes on which we focus, and the procedures for submitting funding requests.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Public Diplomacy Grants: PAS invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Uzbekistan and support a priority program area (see below) in order to highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All proposed programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s to promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.  Competitive proposals will promote continued/sustainable cooperation between the people of the United States and Uzbekistan even after the project concludes.

Examples of programs could include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
  • Professional and academic exchanges and programs, and
  • Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs.

Please note: applications may be received on a rolling basis. The Selection Committee anticipates reviewing proposals within 30 days of the deadline. Applications submitted early have a greater likelihood of consideration while funding is available, therefore applications are encouraged as soon as possible.

Priority Program Areas:

  1. Arts, Culture, and Sports Programs:

The United States and Uzbekistan both have rich cultural traditions in the visual arts, literature and storytelling, theater and performing arts, film, music, dance, sport, and education.  Educational and cultural activities are a great way to engage the public, especially at-risk youth, to bridge cultures, deepen cultural ties and understanding, and discuss topics of mutual importance. The U.S. Embassy is interested in supporting art, education, sports, and cultural projects that promote local cultural heritage, traditional and modern art forms, and other forms of creative expression and that have a connection to American culture or are informed by American expertise. These programs may support civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, or emerging leaders in these fields. The aim of arts, culture and sports programs is to deepen ties between Uzbekistan and the United States and improve understanding about U.S. culture and values.

A previous example of successful arts programming includes the visit of an American jazz band to the Fergana Valley in 2018 for the Uzbekistan Jazz Festival. The visit provided an opportunity to share American culture, as well as create exciting new partnerships and connections within the region.

Project Objectives (Project proposals may address one or more of these objectives.):

  • Increase exposure to and understanding of United States through educational and cultural programming focused on highlighting mutual values between the United States and Uzbekistan
  • Establish formal or informal partnerships between U.S. and Uzbekistani artists/musicians/dancers/directors/organizations to produce publicly accessible and engaging content in support of:
    • freedom of expression,
    • women’s empowerment,
    • tolerance,
    • diversity and inclusion, and/or
    • youth engagement/empowerment.
  • Increase understanding of the value of cultural heritage preservation in Uzbekistan
  • Increase awareness of the history of U.S.-Uzbekistan bilateral relations, connected to the 30th anniversary this year, through cultural projects

Project Audiences (any of the following):

  • Uzbek-speaking public
  • Rural or underserved communities
  • Youth, especially in regions of Uzbekistan outside of Tashkent
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • University staff, educators, students
  • Artists/artisans
  • Athletes
  1. Women’s Empowerment:

The United States and Uzbekistan view women’s empowerment as an area of strategic focus—both governments approved national gender strategies in 2021.  The U.S. government believes that gender equity and equality are not only a matter of human rights and fairness, but also: critical to promoting inclusive economic growth; advancing peace, security, and the prevention and resolution of conflicts; combatting gender-based violence; and enabling us to address global challenges more effectively such as the climate crisis, forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting economic and social disruptions.

A previously funded project included the screening of “Behind the Clouds,” which highlighted the struggles and perseverance of women in regions of Uzbekistan where women’s rights are not as advanced. The screening was followed by a discussion on navigating cultural norms, gender roles, and socioeconomic hardships in the Fergana Valley.

Project Objectives:

  • Increase the vocational capacity of women through training programs focused on building hard and soft skills to support female workforce participation.
  • Increase professional development opportunities for women in creative industries, including artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers, through training on business and/or career development

Project Audiences (any of the following):

  • Women in rural or underserved communities
  • Aspiring female entrepreneurs
  • Women in creative industries

For complete details and application instructions, please visit: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339432