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Applications open for US Embassy’s CARSI grants

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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 8:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy has opened applications for the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) 2020.

The notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) focuses on strengthening government through Civil Society Engagement.

Anyone wishing to learn more can visit www.grants.gov and search for “Belmopan.”

All grant proposals MUST be submitted on the grants.gov website and the closing date for proposal submission is June 3, 2020.

Dependent upon the availability of funds and quality of proposals, U.S. Embassy Belmopan intends to issue three to five awards in an amount not to exceed $750,000 USD in total funding.

Each award will be for an amount between $100,000 and $250,000.

Project periods should not exceed two years, and the anticipated start date for successful proposals is September 30, 2020.

This funding will support U.S. Government objectives under the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) to support democracy and governance efforts in Belize.

Project proposals should address one or more of the following project objectives:

1) To enhance civil society and government partnership to improve local, municipal or central government services. Proposals should be oriented toward activities by civil society organizations working to influence government, private resources and networks to jointly strengthen, expand or complement the delivery of public services, particularly in areas related to education and health.

2) To develop and strengthen mechanisms to curb human trafficking. Focusing on improved cooperation between key stakeholders to improve local, municipal, or central government services for vulnerable and/or marginalized populations, especially women. Proposals should be oriented toward enhancing the skills of civilian front-line agents to identify and prevent human trafficking and to improve protection of victims of trafficking, as well as increase the public’s awareness of its impact.

3) To empower civil society to work with government to institute reforms that will reduce corruption and impunity.

Proposals should support the reduction of corruption; promote transparency and accountability across all levels to create strong capable and accountable governments.

Please view the full announcement of this 2020 CARSI NOFO under the “Related Documents” tab at www.grants.gov for more details.

The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan will host a CARSI ESF Grants Question & Answer Session live on Facebook on Friday, May 7th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Interested applicants are also encouraged to send any related questions or queries to BelmopanCARSIESF@state.gov.

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