U.S. Mission in Kinshasa Public Diplomacy Annual Program Statement

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa Public Diplomacy Section (PD Kinshasa) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Purpose of Small Grants: PD Kinshasa invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Programs should create opportunities for bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest and highlight shared values. All programs must include a U.S. element, such as an expert, organization, cultural element, or institution, that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization per deadline. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline for Applications: Rolling submission through May 1, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Priority Program Areas: PD seeks to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of Congolese society with the goal of broadening understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values. U.S. Mission in Kinshasa priorities include:

  • Promote stability and durable peace, particularly in eastern DRC: Activities that promote conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence among Congolese communities, both of which are vital to democratic progress and economic prosperity.
  • Preserve the Congo Basin Rainforest, including through environmentally sound and sustainable economic growth: Activities that support the people of the Congo Basin, balancing economic opportunities for local communities with environmental concerns.
  • Strengthen democracy and good governance: Non-partisan activities that promote an understanding of U.S. democracy and how the United States and the DRC share democratic values; activities that promote good governance and accountability for elected leaders.
  • Encourage prosperity, trade, and investment: Activities that support the expansion of U.S. exports and investments, improve the connections between U.S. and Congolese businesses, and/or expand economic opportunities, entrepreneurship, and financial independence among women, youth, and underserved populations. Activities that raise awareness of corruption and how to combat it.
  • Support media freedom/countering disinformation: Activities that support promotion of media freedom, media training, and countering misinformation/disinformation.
  • Share values, interests and language: Activities that promote the U.S.-DRC relationship and build people-to-people ties, including but not limited to commemorations of key historic events and commemorative programs, or shared appreciation for cultural excellence.

Eligibility Requirements

The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from the U.S. and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: ▪ Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience ▪ Individuals ▪ Non-profit educational institutions ▪ Governmental institutions ▪ For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Amount Description

Award amounts: Minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $25,000

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 1, 2024