Grants

Grant Opportunities

Agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value to support a public purpose authorized by public statute. The Government is not the recipient of the good or service and does not play a substantial role.

Purpose of the program


Notice of Funding Opportunity

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

What projects do we fund?
The Commission is most interested in projects relating to:

  1. Promoting rule of law / effective administration in justice
  2. Institutionalization of open, pluralistic, democratic political processes at the local level
  3. Civic education and civil society
  4. Empowerment of women and youth and interethnic community building
  5. Promoting economic and business development
  6. Fostering independent media / enhancing professionalism in the media

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.

How do organizations apply for grants?
Pre-application phase
All interested organizations must send an abstract/executive summary and a simple budget by November 1, March 1, and June 1.  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):
 

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
Total

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 four weeks to prepare full application.

Please email one (1) copy of your abstract electronically to:

DemComSkopje@state.gov; Subject: Democracy Commission Application

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 Democracy Commission Grants Program awards grants to Macedonian non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media for projects that support the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Macedonia.  This special round will award grants to Macedonian non-profit and non-governmental organizations for projects that build community resilience; to identify, interrupt, and prevent radicalization efforts; and/or to address the social or economic push factors to violent extremism in the country. 

Opening date:  March 5, 2018 

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2018

Summary of Award Information

Type of Award Cooperative Agreement/Grant
FY 18
Approximate total funding $100,000
Approximate number of awards 5
Anticipated Award Date May 2018
Anticipated Project Completion Date September 2019

 

Summary:
Countering violent extremism (CVE) is a key pillar of a comprehensive and sustainable counterterrorism strategy.  CVE refers to actions intended to reduce the ability of violent extremists to radicalize, recruit, and mobilize followers to violence and to change the conditions that are conducive to the spread of violent extremist recruitment and radicalization of individuals or communities.

This grant program will support projects and activities aimed at preventing recruitment or radicalization to violence by interrupting those efforts, building community-level resilience to them, and identifying the early signs of radicalization to violence and providing appropriate interventions through collaboration with civic organizations, law enforcement or other entities.  Successful projects will focus on strengthening community networks to address this issue, and all projects must include a multi-stakeholder approach that includes community leaders from different sectors in the planning and implementation of program activities.

Community resilience in the CVE context describes communities in which extremists routinely meet disinterest and opposition, recruitment attempts routinely fail, and communities know what tools and support are available to assist individuals that may be on a path towards violence.  Social and economic push factors include those factors related to society and economy which may contribute to an individual’s attraction to violent extremism, such as perceptions of social marginalization, economic inequality, lack of access to education, or other unmet social or economic needs.

Program Priorities:

  • Developing community resilience;
  • Training and engaging with community stakeholder groups (ie: teachers, parents, police, religious, and local leaders) to identify, interrupt, and prevent radicalization;
  • Managing intervention activities;
  • Addressing social and economic push factors to violent extremism; and
  • Building capacity of community-level non-profit organizations to conduct programs and activities to strengthen community resilience and/or address push factors to violent extremism.

The application should:

  • Address how the project will contribute to the priorities listed above;
  • List the different stakeholder groups that will be engaged in the project, noting where organizations have committed to participation;
  • Enumerate specific objectives of the proposed project as well as outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period;
  • Clearly specify the audiences to be reached and the geographic locations of program activities, and proposed programs in multiple locations, should explain how that will be accomplished;
  • Explain how programs and activities will be monitored and evaluated;
  • Describe how elements of the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustainable beyond the life of the grant;
  • Demonstrate competency to manage all financial and oversight aspects of the project, including participant costs and transparent arrangements of sub-grant relationships with partner organizations, if applicable.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligibility is limited to Macedonian non-profit/nongovernmental organizations.  For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Technically eligible submissions are those which:

1) arrive electronically at DemComSkopje@state.gov;

2) have heeded all instructions contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including length and completeness of submission; and

3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.

Unique entity identifier (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM):

Each applicant is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

Cost share:
Cost share is not required for this application.

Required Documents
Applicants must include the following in the proposal submission. All submissions must be in English.

Content and Form of Application Submission:
Any prospective applicant who has questions concerning the contents of this NOFO should submit them by email to the Embassy Skopje Grants Team at DemComSkopje@state.gov

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation:
Discuss how progress towards the expected results will be measured. Complete applications will include a detailed plan (both a narrative and table) of how the project’s progress and impact will be monitored and evaluated throughout the project. Incorporating a well-designed monitoring and evaluation component into a project is one of the most efficient methods of documenting the progress and results (intended and unintended) of a project.

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 Macedonia and promote the bilateral relationship. Topic areas eligible for funding include entrepreneurship and innovation; countering violent extremism; and cultural diversity and empowering undeserved communities.  

Funding Opportunity Title: Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: SMK800-18-PAS-01 

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

  • Youth engagement, leadership, and education programs, including initiatives that establish exchanges between the youth of Macedonia and the United States
  • Bringing an American expert performer to 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 the local arts scene
  • 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 in the USA
  • Social welfare projects
  • Projects that support religious 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 $5,000, 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 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 quarterly basis:

  • February 1
  • April 1
  • July 1

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 SkopjeGrants@state.gov.

The full notice of funding opportunity is available at https://mk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/249/Emb-Skopje-FY18-APS02232018.pdf  (PDF 278kb). The application package is available at http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=291011.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact +389 2 310-2121 or SkopjeGrants@state.gov.