US Embassy Grant: Joint culture project with Saudi Kingdom

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 Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in theU.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respectthrough long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 


The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build acknowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. 

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

·      Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs; 

·      Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions; 

·      Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

·      Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

·      Professional development workshops and training.  

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most

competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget.  

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. 

Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee

will identify projects with outstanding artistic, cultural, and educational merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi

educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences.  Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority.


The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

·       The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient

expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project. 

·       The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions. 

·       The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address. 

·     The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope. 

·   The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan. 

·      The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

·      The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and
qualitative assessment tools. 

·     The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. 

 The following types of projects are not eligible for funding: 

• Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

• those relating to partisan political activity;

• humanitarian or charitable activities;

• conferences and individual trips abroad;

• trade activities;

• fund-raising campaigns;

• commercial projects; 

• scientific research; 

• projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

• projects that duplicate existing projects.

 How to Apply

Qualified Saudi and/or American organizations and individuals may submit proposals to the U.S. Embassy on a rolling basis. There is no deadline. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis. Proposals approved for funding will be processed and funded based upon the availability of funds. 


You will need to submit a completed application form, available through the U.S. Embassy Riyadh website at Proposal submissions must include an original signature on the last page.

Proposals will not be considered until all information is received. Proposals should be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Supporting documents may be in Arabic. 


The proposals should be submitted via email to and should include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines:

1.    Name of the organization, address, phone/fax number/e-mail address, name and title of director (or person who is to sign the grant) and other significant staff members, particularly those who will be involved in the project and budget specifics.

2.    Types and amounts of funding

your organization has received for the current project including other partners.  Also, please include also all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S.

government agencies. 

3.    Program Description/Executive Summary. What is the nature of the project? The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The more specific, detailed, and clear the program description, the better. Please do not exceed one page. 

4.    Project Goals and Objectives.  This section specifies what the project is intended to create at its completion or its Goal. How will it further the collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia?  The Objectives refer to the intermediate accomplishments and should be able to be achievable and measurable. 

5.    Project Activities refers to activities the project will have that will accomplish the objectives. 

6.    Monitoring and evaluation.

This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame  of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant? 

7.   Project justification. This is a very important aspect of the proposal and applicants should pay particular attention to it. What are the unique merits of the project? What new or underrepresented aspect of the U.S-Saudi partnership is the focus? Why is it innovative? 

8.    Proposed dates and venues. Please include precise dates, times, and locations of planned program or events. 

9.   A detailed budget. In order to be sure that the Embassy understands why there is a need for money, the applicant should prepare a line-by-line list of expenses that will be generated by this project. The budget should be prepared in a logical manner and offer enough detail that a reviewer will be able to understand exactly what the figures mean and how they were determined.  Budgets must be calculated in Saudi Riyal (Saudi applicants) or U.S. dollars (U.S. applicants). Please note that the Fly America Act requires that anyone whose air travel is financed by U.S.

Government funds to utilize the economy class services of a U.S. flag carrier. Please be aware these grants do not include any funding for food or beverages; if you desire refreshments for any of your activities you may want to include them as your part of cost-sharing. 

For more help on filling out the proposal please see the detailed instructions for the

Saudi-American Education and Cultural Initiative Grants Program (SAECIG)



3. The Canary Islands declaration of Artistic and Cultural Mobility 

On 19th and 20th June 2014 six independent[1] cultural mobility funds from different parts of the world met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands).

The idea of the meeting was initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, in partnership with the Association of Cultural Managers of the Canary Islands. The Government of the Island of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands backed the initiative as well as the Gulbenkian Foundation.

The international mobility actors present were the Safar Fund (Arab world), Art Moves Africa (Africa), CEC ArtsLink (USA), the Russian Theatre Union (Russia), Arts Network Asia (Asia) and the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone). All these organisations:

1)           Underline that artistic and cultural mobility is an integral part of cultural rights as stated in international treaties of human rights and should be considered a public responsibility.

2)           Assert that mobility contributes to artists’ and cultural operators’ freedom of expression and freedom of choice.

3)           Aim to provide travel grants for individual artists and cultural activists as a way of protecting the diversity of cultural and artistic expression.

4)          Affirm that facilitating face to face encounters is necessary to set up long term partnerships or alliances based on trust, reciprocity and fair exchange.

5)           Believe that supporting the mobility of artists and cultural operators serves the public interest and local development.

6)           Believe that artistic and cultural mobility provides creative learning opportunities that are crucial for the healthy growth of individuals and communities.

7)   Consider that in addition to long-distance mobility, local and regional mobility initiatives (intercity, regional, cross-border) contribute to enhancing a shared sense of humanity.

8) Seek to address global imbalances, be they artistic, geographic or directional, and the many obstacles to mobility by enabling connections between cultural practitioners and the wider community.

To advance this agenda the above-mentioned organisations have agreed to work as a coalition and advocate and encourage the dissemination of these principles.

[1] Independent mobility funds are re-granting organisations set up by cultural operators. These funds re-grant funding received from private foundations or public institutions to individual artists and cultural operators.

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