U.S Mission to the African Union Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants 2021


Deadline: August 21, 2021

Applications are open for the U.S Mission to the African Union Arts, Culture, and Heritage Grants 2021. The U.S. Mission to the African Union, Addis Ababa (USAU), Bureau of African Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program focused on the linkages between arts, culture, and heritage in the United States and in Africa.

The United States has one of the largest African diasporas in the world and the contributions of African-Americans to every facet of the American experience has been immeasurable.

This year, the African Union’s theme is “Arts, Culture, and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want,” and throughout the year USAU will underscore the African origins of certain aspects of American arts and culture, and highlight how arts and culture can be leveraged to address issues around peace & security, economic development, and democracy & good governance. Please follow all instructions below.

Programme Objectives:

All proposals must incorporate linkages between arts, culture, and heritage in the United States and in Africa. All proposals should also be thematically relevant to one of the areas specified below:

  • Expand and improve the relationship between the US and AUC.
  • Conflict prevention, mediation, & post-conflict development in Africa.
  • Economic development and partnership of the AU with US.
  • Highlight AU democracy building and good governance activities.
  • Support AU anti-corruption efforts.
  • Promote the rights of women and girls.
  • Capacity building of the youth of the AU and Africa in general.
  • Africa CDC capacity building.


  • Awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $40,000.
  • Total available funding: $80,000


The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from throughout Africa and from the African diaspora in the United States.

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Programs should target youth (under 35) audiences in Africa and the African diaspora.
  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience.
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions.
  • Individuals will be considered, but priority is given to organizations or educational institutions with a proven track record of success.

Other eligibility requirements includes:

  • In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on https://www.sam.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.


  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per individual/organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an individual/organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
  • The proposal must clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
  • All documents must be in English.
  • All budgets must be in U.S. dollars.
  • All documents must be formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper.
  • All Microsoft Word documents must be single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

All application materials must be submitted by email to AddisUSAUPD@state.gov

Application forms for the Arts Grants required below are available at on grants.gov

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For more information visit: US Mission





Lily Bandotubo

Lily Doure Bandotubo is the CEO and publisher at Information Day Online. An online publicist, author, entrepreneur and a mentor.

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