Grants

Grant Opportunities

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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 underserved 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-02

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 until August 1, 2019. 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 SkopjeGrants@state.gov.

The full notice of funding opportunity is available at:  https://mk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/249/NOFO-FY-19-Annual-Program-Statement-1.pdf

The application package is available at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=SMK800190002

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

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:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311960

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy, Skopje, North Macedonia

Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.  Since its inception in 2001, the Fund has helped preserve cultural sites, practices, and objects that are historically or culturally significant in North Macedonia and around the world.  Project proposals are due on December 5, 2019.

FUNDING AREAS:  Through the AFCP Program, the Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following areas:

A. CULTURAL SITES include (but are not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites.

Examples are restoration of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.

B. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution include archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs. Examples are conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection’s condition and strategies for improving it; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.

Top priority is given to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage.  An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site, object, or collection, or form of traditional cultural expressions as they are understood by stakeholders.  Stakeholders may include national, regional, or local cultural authorities, the local community, and others with vested interests in the site and the outcome of a project.  Note that only North Macedonia’s entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, Ministry of Culture, or similar institutions and organizations are eligible to apply for the Fund.

The Fund can NOT be used to support the following: 

(1) Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of proposal submission;
(2) Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils);
(3) Preservation of hominid or human remains;
(4) Preservation of news media (newspaper, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
(5) Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
(6) Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
(7) Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
(8) Archaeological excavations or surveys for research purposes;
(9) Historical research, except in cases where historical research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
(10) Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;
(11) Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
(12) Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
(13) Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
(14) Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
(15) Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
(16) Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
(17) Digitalization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;
(18) Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
(19) Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds; funds must be expended within the grant period (up to five years) and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund;
(20) Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
(22) Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous fees;
(23) Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer;
(24) International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
(25) Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;
(26) Individual project costing less than US$10,000 or more than $200,000; or
(27) Independent U.S. projects overseas.

AWARD INFORMATION: Funding Instrument Type: Grant (Program Authority: Fulbright Hays Section 102(b)(5), as amended).  Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project.  In FY 2019, awards ranged from US $25,000 to US $200,000.

HOW TO APPLY:  guidelines for proposal preparation and information to be provided are here.
Each project proposal must be in English and should be emailed to TaneskaB@state.gov.

APPLICATION RATING CRITERIA: Using a point-based system, the Embassy will rate all applications based on the program funding priorities; the quality, soundness, and comprehensiveness of the proposed project and budget; the urgency of the proposed project; and the quality and quantity of supporting materials, such as resumes of the key project participants, images of the resource, and notices of official permission from the responsible resource steward, such as a ministry of culture.

PERFORMANCE AND DELIVERABLES: AFCP 2020 award recipients must submit performance progress, federal financial status reports, and final reports on time as specified in the Notice of Award.

DUNS NUMBER AND SAM REGISTRATION: Applicants requesting $25,000 or more in federal assistance must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code, and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application.  NOTE:  This process can take weeks/months, especially for non-U.S. applicants.

Applicants may acquire DUNS numbers at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNs number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by requesting a number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.  Non-U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code at https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx.   SAM is the official, free on-line registration database for the U.S. Government. Registration in SAM is free: https://sam.gov/SAM/.

COST SHARING AND OTHER FORMS OF COST PARTICIPATION: There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost participation required for this competition.  When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement.  The applicant will be responsible for tracking and reporting on any cost share or outside funding, which is subject to audit per 2 CFR 200.  Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.

DISCLAIMER: Explanatory information provided by the U.S. Embassy that contradicts published language is not binding.  Issuance of this Notice of Funding Opportunity does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. Government.  The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to waive program formalities and to reduce, revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program and the availability of funds.  Awards made will be subject to periodic reporting and evaluation requirements as specified above and in the Notice of Award.

For more information, please contact Ms. Borka Taneska, Experiential Learning Coordinator, U.S. Embassy, at tel. 02-310-2121 or TaneskaB@state.gov.