Limited Submission: U.S. Consulate Fukuoka, Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement

Summary

PAS Fukuoka invites Statement of Interest (SOI) for projects that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Japan through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. 

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to: 

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs; 
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions; or 
  • Professional and academic exchanges and projects 

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Program Priority Areas
  1. U.S. – Japan Bilateral Relationship: Programs that seek to explain U.S. policies, culture, and values to Japanese audiences, resulting in a positive impact on the bilateral relationship.
  2. Regional Security: Programs that address issues of regional security, non-proliferation, and countering violent extremism, as well as exchanges that promote multilateral cooperation and enhance stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
  3. Economic Growth: Programs related to bilateral trade, investment, economic integration, entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property rights, and women’s empowerment. 
  4. Social Issues: Programs that seek to promote a better understanding of human rights and diversity and inclusion.
  5. English Trianing: Programs that promote teacher training in areas related to English teaching, or those that enhance English learning among Japanese youth.
  6. Educaiton: Programs related to promoting study in the United States, the internationalization of Japanese universities, and/or capacity the building of linkages between American and Japanese institutions of higher learning.
Award Amount

Awards may range from a minimum of $1,000.00 to a maximum of $10,000.00.

Cost sharing is not required.

Eligibility

Applications are accepted from U.S. and Japan: 

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
  • Governmental institutions
Selection Criteria

Organizational capacity and record on previous grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PAS is confident of its ability to undertake the project. This includes a financial management system and a bank account. 

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – The program idea is well developed, with detail about how project activities will be carried out. The SOI includes a reasonable implementation timeline. 

Goals and objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. 

Embassy/Consulate priorities: Applicant has clearly described how stated goals are related to and support U.S. Embassy Tokyo/U.S. Consulate Fukuoka’s priority areas or target audiences. 

Budget: The budget justification is detailed. Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.

Monitoring and evaluation plan: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the SOI. The project includes output and outcome indicators, and shows how and when those will be measured. 

Sustainability: Project activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the project.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.eduaccording to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • A two-page Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria. 

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above. 

Questions?

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.


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