Community Engagement Office – Catalysts for Peace

The Community Engagement Office (CEO), of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U. S. Embassy in Islamabad of the U. S. Department of State is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards, contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program.


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this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), CEO is seeking proposals for innovative ways to mitigate extremist narratives in Pakistan by engaging communities, promoting conflict resolution and peace-building methodologies.

These projects should develop and strengthen partnerships, dispel violent extremist and radical ideologies through education, critical thinking, and structured dialogue to build resilient and empowered communities.

The funds awarded through this NOFO should strengthen local institutions, organizations, and communities to build self-sustaining capacity to implement long-term interventions to reduce violent extremism and ultimately contribute to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Pakistan.

Organizations may submit multiple proposals under this NOFO, but only one proposal per each of the three (3) project areas outlined below:
Project 1:
Women Building Peace:
Mobilization and expanded engagement of influential women from multiple sectors to promote social cohesion and build resilience against extremist ideologies and behaviors.

Project 2:
Youth as Peace Keepers:
Innovative engagement of youth to develop skills in conflict resolution, peace-building, critical thinking and leadership, through social entrepreneurship and/or use of technology and media.

Project 3:
Building Community on University Campuses:
Assist institutions of higher education to develop and implement policies and programs to reduce radicalization and hate speech on campus, promote peaceful coexistence, and support faculty and students to make campuses more receptive to diversity and inclusion.

Related Programs

Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Department of State

Agency: Department of State

Office: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Estimated Funding: $1,750,000

Who's Eligible

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Submissions are encouraged from U. S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/non-governmental organizations, for-profit organizations, and educational institutions with relevant programming experience.

Any relevant experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.

Organizations must provide proof of registration and non-profit status with their proposal application.

U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.

Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.

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