Suva, Fiji – The U.S. Embassy today awarded US$39,000 in Public Diplomacy Small Grants to three Fijian NGOs. These grants will help these organizations to create economic opportunities and develop in-demand skills in their communities.
Chargé d’affaires (CDA) Tony Greubel congratulated the Fijian Teachers Association (FTA), the United Nations Association of Fiji, and the Rugby Academy Fiji for their innovative proposals, which were selected to receive funding from an initial field of 32 applications.
The Fijian Teachers Association will receive US$10,000 to facilitate workshops for teachers of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to help prepare their students for careers in those fields.
The United Nations Association will receive US$14,000 to conduct a professional development program which will help participants develop their research, writing, and public speaking skills, while also engaging them in service projects to help those in need.
The Rugby Academy in Fiji has been awarded US$15,000 to provide female rugby players with the training necessary to attract professional sponsorship during their careers and develop marketable skills for their post-rugby lives.
CDA Greubel said, “This is a diverse slate of grantees, each of which advance U.S. Embassy priorities in a different way. I am proud of the initiative that each organization took to develop quality proposals that seek to improve the lives of Fijians in a variety of sectors.”
The Public Diplomacy Small Grants rewards organizations wishing to partner with the U.S. embassy on projects that advance mutual goals in a specific, innovative, and cost-effective way.
While we review proposals quarterly, our Small Grants Program accepts proposals year-round from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. If you know of a local organization that might benefit from this program, please encourage them to visit fj.usembassy.gov and submit a proposal.