U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia PAS Small Grants FY2022

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia PAS Small

Grants Program FY2022

Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-SAU-PD-22-01

Deadline for Applications: Rolling until August 1, 2022

CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs

Maximum for each award: $150,000


U.S. Embassy Riyadh announces an open competition for organizations or individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out a program (or programs) for the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.  This announcement is for mission-wide Public Affairs programs, including Public Affairs Sections (PAS) at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, and U.S. Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran, outlining funding priorities, key strategic themes, and the procedures for submitting proposals. Please read this document carefully and follow all instructions.  This notice is subject to availability of funding.

The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process.  Applicants must first submit a concise (1-3 page) statement of interest designed to clearly communicate program ideas 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 ideas by submitting a full proposal application.  Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decisions are made.


PAS invites proposals for projects, including virtual programs, that strengthen ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States, promote bilateral cooperation, and enhance mutual understanding.  All programs must include an American cultural or educational element or the engagement of American experts, organizations, institutions, or communities in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives.

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

  • U.S. experts conducting speaking tours/public talks, roundtable discussions, workshops, etc.
  • Academic and professional lectures and seminars
  • Cultural and arts programs/workshops/performances and exhibitions
  • Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contacts with alumni of our exchange programs
  • Environmental and Energy conservation
  • Entrepreneurship initiatives, especially with underserved communities such as youth and women
  • Youth and Women Sports Initiatives
  • Programs that elevate and support moderate voices and tolerance


Priority will be given to project SOIs that further one or more of the U.S. Mission goals, including:

  • Programs that develop stronger connections between the United States and Saudi Arabia in terms of an engaged citizenry, entrepreneurship and job skills, tolerance and moderation, women’s empowerment, women and youth participation in the economy, sports, and the arts, culture, media, and entertainment industries.
  • Programs that support increased transparency and good governance, as well as respect for the rule of law, civil society, and capacity development of emerging civil society organizations.
  • Programs that include or emphasize engagement with underserved communities, especially outside Saudi Arabia’s major population centers of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran.
  • Programs that address climate change, promote the green economy, raise awareness of the environmental impacts of carbon emissions, promote clean energy, encourage good stewardship of the land and sea, or emphasize partnerships on other environmental issues of concern.


PAS’s primary audiences include national and regional media; public-private organizations, foundations, and think tanks; government officials (state, district, and municipal officials; policy makers, civil servants); cultural and educational leaders; next generation leaders (e.g., innovators, digital influencers); underserved communities; and academic institutions.

Please note that the following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity
  • Charitable, humanitarian, or development activities
  • Construction programs
  • Programs that support specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns or programs charging a fee for participation
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
  • Scientific research
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of an organization
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs


  • Length of performance: up to 18 months
  • Award amounts may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $150,000
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and reviewed periodically but must be submitted before August 1, 2022
  • Types of funding: FY2022 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds, Fulbright Hayes
  • Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants and fixed amount awards because PAS staff are more actively involved in grant implementation.
  • Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 18 months or less. S. Embassy Riyadh retains the right to execute non-competitive continuation amendments.  Any amendment is based on performance, pending availability of funds and is not guaranteed.


Eligible Applicants

  • Not-for-profit individuals or organizations, including think tanks and civil society, non-governmental organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Cost Sharing

  • Cost sharing is encouraged and may be considered in the merit review. If you anticipate including cost share in your budget, provide details in your concept note, including the size of the overall program that may be cost shared and what program activities the cost share might cover.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (UEI) as well as a valid registration on SAM.gov. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered with SAM.gov.



Please follow all instructions below carefully.  SOIs that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

  1. SOI must include:
  • A brief (1-3 page) project description summarizing goals, objectives, outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and a proposed timeline
  • A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds.
  • An estimated total budget in U.S. dollars including any anticipated cost share
  • SF 424 (SF 424 A and SF 424 B are not required for initial SOI application)
  1. SOIs are due no later than August 1, 2022
  2. Funding Restrictions:
  • Ineligible programs as detailed in this Statement of Interest and costs not allowed per 2 CFR 200 and 600
  1. Other Submission Requirements:


  1. Criteria

Alignment with mission objectives, program design, organizational capacity to carry out the programs, relationships with in-country partners if necessary for carrying out the program, prospect for success in achieving goals, and reasonableness of the anticipated budget request with respect to program activities

  1. Review and Selection Process

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible SOIs.  All eligible SOIs will be reviewed against the criteria listed above and not against competing SOIs.

  1. Following the review, any successful SOI applicants will be contacted and instructed to submit full applications. A full application will include:
  • SF-424 or SF-424i (Application for Federal Assistance)
  • SF 424A (Budget information)
  • SF424B (Assurances) for individual or organization exempted from registering with SAM.gov
  • A budget narrative
  • CVs for key staff
  • Statement of NICRA
  • Letters of support from potential sub-awardees or key partners

Mission Saudi Arabia may not be able to respond to all Statements of Interests that are submitted.

  1. Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.”  Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

Organizations are not required to have a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number nor active SAM.gov registration to apply at this state of the solicitation.  However, if a SOI is accepted for a full proposal application, the organization must obtain a UEI and have an active SAM.gov registration before submitting its full proposal application.  Therefore, we recommend starting the process of obtaining a SAM.gov registration as soon as possible.  The process can take several weeks.  There is no cost associated with UEI or SAM.gov registration.


  1. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting the SOI, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply if a full proposal application is requested and awarded, to ensure that they will be able to comply.  These include 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, and the Department of State Standard Terms and conditions which are available at https://www.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/.


If you have any questions about the SOI application process, please contact RiyadhGrants@state.gov.