|The American and Cuban flags few side by side in August 2015|
Two project announcements, reproduced below, say that "projects that are inherently political in nature" aren't likely to be funded.
I doubt this means that the State Department and the Agency for International Development have ended other more expansive programs that are political. But the goal of these embassy projects is to strengthen U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations.
Applications for the embassy projects "will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016," the announcement said.
All projects must start before Sept. 30. See below for details:
Large Grants Program Funding Opportunity
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy Cuba Public Affairs Section
Announcement Type: Grant/Fixed Amount Award
Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to Cuba Public Affairs Large Grants Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number: SCU-040-016-GR000
CFDA Number: 19.040 -- General Department of State Assistance
Date Opened: February 15, 2016
Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016, 18:00 EDT, depending on funds availability. All projects must begin before September 30, 2016. This does not mean that the activity being funded must be completed before September 30, 2016, but that preparation for the activity must begin before that date.
AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
Eligibility Category: Eligible institutions, organizations, and individuals will propose activities in Cuba pertaining to the arts, academia, sports, entrepreneurship, technology, education, and youth. Applicants include individuals and organizations based in Cuba and U.S. non-profit organizations.
Est. Project Start Date: Rolling, starting April 1, 2016
Est. Project End Date: January 1, 2017
Award Ceiling: U.S. $100,000.00
Award Floor: U.S. $15,000.00
Electronic Requirement: Yes (applications must be submitted by email to: CubaGrants@State.gov)