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Press Release – Notice of Intent to Publish Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities 
December 7, 2020

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan is pleased to announce its intent to publish Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities on February 1, 2021.

Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) will replace the Annual Program Statement as the funding mechanism of the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. Project-Specific NOFOs will define a narrow goal and set specific objectives within the following priority areas:

  • 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.
  • 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 Indo-Pacific region.
  • ECONOMIC GROWTH: Programs related to bilateral trade, investment, economic integration, entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property rights, and women’s empowerment.
  • SOCIAL ISSUES: Programs that seek to promote a better understanding of human rights and diversity and inclusion.
  • ENGLISH TEACHING: Programs that promote teacher training in areas related to English teaching, or those that enhance English learning among Japanese youth.
  • EDUCATION: 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.

When announced, the Public Affairs Section encourages the following eligible American or Japanese applicants to apply:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  • Individuals

Applications will consist of the following documents:

  • Application Summary Coversheet (template)
  • Organizational Information Sheet (template – Organizations only)
  • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424 – Organizations only)
  • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424I – Individuals only)
  • Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B – Individuals only)
  • Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)
  • Budget Justification Narrative (template)
  • Project Proposal

In preparation of the opening of these funding opportunities, the Public Affairs Section encourages all interested applicants (except individuals) to obtain the below mandatory registrations. The registrations are free of charge and must be completed in the following order. This process may take up to three months; therefore, we encourage interested applicants to begin this process now.

  1. Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number): fedgov.dnb.com/webform
    * Japanese organizations may also obtain a DUNS number through Tokyo Shoko Research. For instructions, please read this PDF document. Additional information is available on the U.S. Embassy website under Resources.
  2. NCAGE/CAGE code
  3. SAM.gov registration: www.sam.gov

Please visit the U.S. Embassy website for more information and for additional application resources.