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Marketing Afghanistan?s Traditional Arts

Post Date

May 23rd 2012

Application Due Date

July 30th 2012

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The U.S. Embassy Kabul Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals. U.S. NGOs may apply but preference is given to local NGOs or to partnerships that develop capacity with Afghan NGOs or employees and include plans to transfer programs to sustainable local management.


  • Award Range:

    $25000 - $500000

Grant Description

The U.S. Embassy Kabul Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available for proposals that will support Afghanistanуs economic development, sustain and improve traditional Afghan craftsmanship, and increase Afghanistanуs capacity to leverage its cultural heritage for economic benefit. This grant will fund programs designed to train men and women in traditional Afghan arts, crafts, and cultural skills; support adaptations that modify products for the modern market; and other activities to capitalize on Afghanistanуs rich traditional arts for economic benefit. For example, projects can fund master teaching of silk weaving and dying, wood carving, pottery, jewelry making, and cooking techniques; develop new high-market value products using traditional skills; and marketing these for domestic and international markets. Projects should either be targeted toward women or benefit men and women equally. Only projects in which women play substantive roles at the higher levels of management, marketing, or decision-making will be competitive for funding.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of State

  • Office:

    Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

  • Agency Contact:

    Cynthia Rafferty, Grants Manager
    Public Affairs Section
    U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

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