Public Affairs Section

U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem
18 Agron Road
Jerusalem 94190

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002

Telephone: (02) 622-6909/8

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Welcome to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem. As the public diplomacy arm of the U.S. Consulate, the primary goals of our office are to support the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis, strengthen democratic institutions by supporting civics and rule of law programs, promote a free and professional media, encourage economic growth and regional commerce, advance the empowerment of women, and promote understanding of American values and society among Palestinians. To achieve these goals, we have at our disposal a wide variety of programs, working with all levels of society. We oversee programs in education, press/media, culture, civil society, conflict resolution, foreign policy, American political, economic and social systems, and much more –- all areas of importance to the U.S.-Palestinian relationship. Our public affairs activities in the Palestinian Territories and in the United States promote professional exchanges between U.S. and Palestinian individuals and institutions with the aim of cultivating mutual understanding and cooperation at the people-to-people level.

Our specific programming responsibilities are limited to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Speakers

The Public Affairs Section hosts U.S. speakers who are experts in a variety of fields, including: governance/rule of law, civic education, youth issues, American Studies, culture/arts, women’s issues, human rights, democracy/elections, economic development, religion, foreign policy, information technology, and journalism. During their 2-3 day programs in the Palestinian Territories, U. S. speakers meet with their Palestinian counterparts and conduct workshops, seminars, and public lectures. In the event that a desired speaker is not able to travel, shorter programs can also be held via digital video conference (DVC) at venues in the Palestinian Territories.

Cultural Specialists

The cultural specialist program brings specialists in the arts and other areas to the Palestinian Territories for 2-6 weeks, working primarily with one group or organization on a specific project, such as producing an American play in a local language, giving master classes to a national theatre company, or classes in writing skills. Costs for the cultural specialist program are shared by the host institution.

Academic Specialists

The academic specialist program provides grants to enable Americans to consult with foreign educational institutions, professional groups or governmental organizations about a specific educational project or to conduct workshops and seminars for faculty or professional personnel. The academic specialist program is co-sponsored by a host institution in the Palestinian Territories.

Are you interested in funding for cultural preservation projects? What about connecting with museums?

If YES, contact us at JerusalemPDJApplications@state.gov for more information about funding opportunities!

The Public Affairs Section of the American Consulate General Jerusalem runs a Small Grants Program designed to assist Palestinian Non-Profit organizations in carrying out programs in several priority areas (Please provide a copy of your organization official registration with your application packet). The priority areas include:

  • Promoting the role of women’s civil society groups as agents for technology and innovation;
  • Improving advocacy and effective civic engagement among Palestinian non-governmental organizations in business, technology, and education;
  • Fostering critical thinking, teamwork, and other soft skills among high school and university students to bridge the “skills gap” and drive economic and civil society growth within their communities;
  • Developing skills in specialized areas of press and media – including environmental reporting, gender issues, and business reporting – using traditional techniques and new technologies;
  • Promoting Palestinian-American partnership through mentoring, capacity development, and increased business and operational effectiveness among Palestinian cultural organizations.

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to a maximum of $25,000. Eligible applicants for grant funding must live outside of the United States. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate cost-sharing, public-private partnerships, cooperation among multiple partners, or innovative means to implement cost savings (e.g. implementing digital technology, etc.) in their proposals. We will give special consideration to proposals which contain a USG program alumni engagement component.

Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should complete and provide the following forms:

A budget narrative is also required that provides specific details on how the budget line-items will be used and what they will cover.

Please note that our office will give special attention to the submitted budget. A maximum amount for the following budget categories have been set by our office:

  • Personnel: up to the maximum of 30% from the total budget.
  • Supplies: up to the maximum of 20% from the total budget.

Funding requests for infrastructure improvements will not be considered.

Branding and Marking Strategy

The Recipient shall recognize the United States Government’s funding for activities specified under this award at the project site with a graphic of the U.S. flag accompanied by one of the following two phrases based on the level of funding for the award:

i.               Fully funded by the award: ‘Gift of the United States Government’

ii.              Partially funded by the award: ‘Funding provided by the United States Government’

 

Exemptions from this requirement are allowable but must be agreed to in writing by the Grants Officer.

Please submit complete application packets by e-mail at JerusalemPDSG@state.gov no later than 17:00 local time on May 8, 2018.  Incomplete application packets as of the deadline will not receive further consideration.

The Public Affairs Section’s Small Grants Review Committee will consider all complete application packets received, and a written response will be provided to all applicants who submitted a complete application packet by the deadline.  Please understand that only a limited number of proposals can be funded.  Many more applications are received than we have the ability to fund and therefore, it is a competitive process. Proposals submitted in Arabic will not be considered; please submit all documents in English.

Proposals that are ultimately selected for funding should anticipate a start date no sooner than July 30, 2018.

Call for proposals will be from April 2 through May 8, 2018 close of business. Applications submitted before April 2 and after the deadline will not be considered.

 

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Small Grants page in Arabic

Throughout the year, our office seeks to bring American performing arts and exhibits to the the Palestinian audiences as a valuable means of strengthening ties and increasing mutual understanding between the United States and the Palestinian people.

Programs may include musical and theatrical performances by a variety of American groups, as well as workshops and exhibitions by American artists.

Please contact our office for more information.

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The US Consulate General – Jerusalem Press Office

E-mail: ConGenpress@state.gov  Telephone: +972(02)622 – 6909/8 fax:+972(02)624-0939

If you are interested in receiving our press releases, please email us at ConGenpress@state.gov and we will be happy to add you for our distribution.

A variety of programs are funded and supported by the English Language Program of the State Department’s Education and Cultural Bureau. The aim is to support teaching English as a second language in primary and secondary schools, universities, and language resource centers. For more information about this program and the resources available, please contact our office.

The State Department also publishes the magazine, other publications, which can be accessed online or requested in print from our office in Jerusalem.

For further details about the organization Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), please check the TESOL website. And, for information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), visit theTOEFL website.