Support for Independent Media and Citizens’ Engagement

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The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy Chisinau (PAS) is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to execute a project through this funding opportunity. This Annual Program Statement (APS) outlines PAS’s funding priorities for U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2021, as well as the specific procedures for submitting funding requests addressing those priorities. Please read all information carefully.

PAS invites proposals for projects countering foreign malign influence, supporting independent voices, enhancing media sustainability, and strengthening civil society.

PAS invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Moldova, through academic, cultural, and exchange programs that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation.

Priority will be given to projects that help advance the following goals:

  • To advance the U.S.-Moldova Shared Regional and Global Priorities for International Security, Democracy, and the Rule of Law; and/or
  • To expand Shared Prosperity by Deepening U.S.-Moldova Economic Partnership; and/or
  • To promote U.S.-Moldova Partnerships to Ensure our Citizens’ Security; and/or
  • To expand People to People Relationships to Strengthen Economic and Institutional Ties and Promote Understanding of U.S. Government Policy and American Values.

Public Affairs Section welcomes proposals that address the following strategic priorities:

ECONOMIC GROWTH: Programs related to entrepreneurship, bilateral trade, investment, economic integration, innovation, science and technology;

ADVANCING SOCIAL INCLUSION: Programs that seek to promote human rights, diversity, entrepreneurship, and freedom of speech, advancing initiatives to protect and empower member of marginalized and under-represented groups;

STEAM AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: Programs that promote STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts and Math), particularly among youth audiences;

PRESS FREEDOM AND COMBATING DISINFORMATION: Programs that promote press freedom, innovation – within both traditional and digital media – and factual reporting. Programs that increase media literacy, critical thinking, and combat dis- and mis-information merit special attention;

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 region..

Participants and Audiences: PAS will only consider proposals for projects geared to audiences within Moldova.  

The selection of the projects is based on the applicants’ ability to demonstrate concrete achievements that can show impact in a given field or in a specific community.

This notice is subject to availability of funds. The Embassy expects to issue awards from $15,000 to $100,000 (larger amounts are possible), but makes no guarantee that funds will be awarded under this Annual Program Statement funding announcement.

This funding opportunity is authorized by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

For more information and standard application forms go to:


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