International Women’s Film Festivals Grants by US Embassy Public Affairs Section


Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 2565

Opportunity Description

Eligible organizations are invited to submit applications for the competitive grant offered by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The fund supports two annual international women’s film festivals which concentrates on the women’s condition in Afghanistan and around the world or have women directors and producers. The purpose of the grant is to help new and professional filmmakers to work with their international colleagues and exchange their information and experiences, promote women’s empowerment, obtain the attention of public toward women’s rights violation and act as a platform for sharing the stories of Afghan women with the world.

The award is subject to a period of two years but in case of availability of funds and satisfactory progress of the program the applicants can ask for one additional year of grant.

Important details

CFDA Number: 19.501- Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Program Office: Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Number of grants: 1

Base performance Period: 24 months

Option performance Period One: 12 months

Program Start Date: July 2018

Application deadline: May 14, 2018


Funding grant:

Base Period award: The lowest amount will be $150,000. The highest $250,000.

Option Period One award: The lowest amount will be $75,000. The highest $125,000.

Proposal requirements:

  • A detailed implementation plan to achieve the objectives of the program
  • A timeline of screenings, workshops, and locations
  • Partner institutions
  • A detailed monitoring and evaluation plan, including methodology, indicators, and how activities and events will be recorded
  • Narratives including a brief commitment to implement the program
  • Security plan


  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for the grant.
  • Only one entity can be the prime recipient of the award, although organizations can contract with other entities.
  • Applicants must have a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet.
  • Applicants must have a NATO CAGE/NCAGE.
  • Applicants must have and maintain an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration with current information during application process and award
  • Any applicant or sub-entity listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in SAM cannot apply
  • An entity can submit any number of applications for this funding opportunity.
  • Previous award recipients may apply if they comply with the terms of the award.
  • Successful passing the examination to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award.

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Application documents:

The goals and objectives of the funding opportunity must be clearly stated in the proposal. The application and all the required documents must be submitted in English. In addition budgets must be calculated and mentioned in U.S dollars in the application. The accepted file formats are: .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .jpeg and files’ names must have an eligible format by

  1. Compulsory application forms
    • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance – Organizations
    • SF424A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs
    • SF424B Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
  2. Summary Page
  3. Proposal (Max. 30 pages)
  4. Detailed Line-Item Budget
  5. Budget Justification Narrative
  6. Required Attachments:
    • One page CV for each key personnel
    • Letters of intent from program partners
    • Include latest NICRA charges in budget as a .pdf file, if your organization has it
    • Security plan
    • Organizational policy for working in high-risk environments

Submission Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through If you submit it using other ways such as email, they will not be accepted. Please read the complete guideline and instructions here.  

Before submitting your application via, you must create an account and register at several other sites (Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS), NATO CAGE/NCAGE, SAM). This process can take about 5 weeks for validation and confirmation. Therefore, in order to meet the application deadline, you should begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality and possibility of the program idea
  • Ability to achieve program objectives
  • Institution’s record and capacity
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Sustainability

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Contact Information

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