Grant Opportunities

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Purpose of the program

Notice of Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Embassy Democracy Commission Grants Program awards grants to non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media in North Macedonia for projects that support the development of democratic institutions.

Funding Opportunity Number: SMK80019001

What projects do we fund?
The Democracy Commission Grants Program will hold two rounds of competition in fiscal year 2019.

First Round:  Citizen Participation – These projects should support strengthening of democratic institutions in North Macedonia, including increasing the participation and representation of youth, women, and minorities in civic life.  Abstracts/executive summaries for this round are due May 1, 2019.

Second Round:  Rule of Law and Economic Growth – These projects should support:

  • Improving the rule of law, judicial independence, and the fight against corruption, or
  • Preparing young people to start their own businesses, combat youth emigration, and promote greater minority participation in North Macedonia’s economy.

Abstracts/executive summaries for this round are due June 1, 2019.

What projects are not funded?
The Democracy Commission Grants Program cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting partisan political activity
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable activities
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Scientific research
  • Institutional development or support of an organization
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects
  • Individuals or organizations from outside of Macedonia

Evaluation criteria
The Democracy Commission will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Clarity in goals, activities, and target group
  • Please explain how you will measure success.  What are the expected outcomes of your project?
  • Sensible budgeting
  • Longer-term sustainability, where applicable
  • The ability of the applying organization to successfully carry out the project aims

The Democracy Commission will consider all proposals that meet the criteria outlined above.  If your preliminary application is under further consideration, we may ask you to come in for an interview or submit additional information.

What is the maximum amount of a grant?
The maximum Democracy Commission grant is $24,000.

Funding is dependent on fund availability.

How do organizations apply for grants?

Pre-application phase,
All interested organizations must send an abstract/executive summary and a simple budget by the due date listed above.  The summary must be no longer than 400 words and should contain basic information on the project audience, locations, activities, and expected outcomes.
Herewith is a sample of a pre-application submission:

  1. Name of the organization:
  2. Point of contact:
  3. Contact information:
  4. Summary of the project (400 words or less):

Description of the project activities: …… … … … … … … … … … … … … … …

  1. Period of implementation:
  2. Potential partners:
  3. Budget:
Type of cost Description of the cost Amount in $
1 Personnel
2 Supplies and equipment
3 Contractual
4 Other

The successful applicant will be informed by email within two weeks and invited to send full application. Full instructions will be given at that stage of application. The applicant will have three weeks to prepare a full application.

Please email one (1) copy of your abstract electronically to:;
Subject: Democracy Commission Application/ The topic of the project

Phone: +389 2 310-2082 POC Nadica Zakula
Fax: +389 2 310-2499
e-mail: Public Affairs Section

What happens when the project is completed?

Upon completion of the project, all grantee organizations must submit progress reports as well as a final narrative with a complete accounting of all grant funds. The grantee will be asked to send narratives about the outcomes of the project over the course of three years after the implementation is completed. If required, the grantee is obligated the conduct surveys, focus groups and forms of after action reporting.

Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy Skopje Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s public diplomacy grants program for creative new ideas and projects that increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and North Macedonia and promote the bilateral relationship. Topic areas eligible for funding include:

  • entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • programs that support culture and the arts, including mutual appreciation of artistic work from both countries;
  • diversity and empowerment of youth and undeserved communities; and
  • programs that support North Macedonia’s accession to NATO and the European Union.Funding Opportunity Title

    : Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: SMK800-19-PAS-01

Activities that are appropriate for funding through the Annual Program Statement include, but are not limited to:

  • Youth engagement, leadership, and education programs, including initiatives that establish exchanges between the youth of North Macedonia and the United States;
  • Bringing an American expert and/or performer to North Macedonia;
  • Conferences, workshops, forums, panel discussions, and master classes on American themes or issues of mutual interest;
  • Exhibitions of works by Americans or on American themes;
  • Cultural programs, particularly those that target youth and underserved communities;
  • Television and social media programming in support of the above objectives.

Activities that are not typically funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Printing or promotion of books or manuscripts;
  • Travel to the United States for professional development;
  • Ongoing salary costs;
  • Office equipment;
  • Paying to complete activities begun with other funds;
  • Promotion of local arts scenes;
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single-party electoral campaigns
  • Political party activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Individual travel to conferences and meetings
  • Social welfare projects
  • Projects that support religious activities 

Additional Guidelines

The most competitive proposals each:

  • Express clear objectives and activities;
  • Clearly identify a target audience;
  • Include a significant commitment to sharing of costs by other organizations through other funding sources and/or in-kind contributions of time, equipment, or supplies;
  • Limit expenses for staff time to include only reasonable direct and indirect staff expenses associated with the planned project activities. 

Funding Instrument Type

Cooperative Agreement or Grant.  Cooperative agreements differ from grants in that Public Affairs staff are more actively involved in proposal execution and anticipate having moderate to substantial involvement once the award has been made.

Award Amounts

The total amount available is expected to be up to $60,000.  Most awards are expected to be around $10,000, with a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $20,000.  The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.

Project and Budget Periods

Projects generally must be completed in one year or less.  The Public Affairs Section will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.

Eligibility Information

The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from local non-governmental organizations. U.S. NGOs may apply, but preference is given to partnerships that develop the capacity of NGOs in North Macedonia and include plans to transfer programs to sustainable local management.

Submission Dates and Times

The Embassy will accept proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year. The panel will review proposals, subject to the availability of funds, on a monthly basis at the end of each month.

Public Affairs will notify you upon receiving your application.  Proposals (in English only) will not be considered until all information is received.  Questions should be addressed to

The full notice of funding opportunity is available at:  (PDF 278kb).

The application package is available at:

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact +389 2 310-2121 or

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the administration of two (2) legal clinics in law schools in North Macedonia.  The legal clinics will provide an opportunity for law school students to obtain trial and case practice before they graduate and take the bar exam.    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, is overseeing this grant opportunity.  The full text of the Notice of Funding Opportunity and supporting documents can be found here: