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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
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 three weeks to prepare a full application.

Please email one (1) copy of your abstract electronically to: DemComSkopje@state.gov;
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 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.

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

U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Program Office:  Public Affairs Section (PAS)

Title:  Building Community Resilience

Funding Opportunity Number: SMK80019PAS003

Opening date:  May 14, 2019

Application Deadline:  June 28, 2019

Summary of Award Information

Type of Award Cooperative Agreement/Grant
FY 19
Approximate total funding $100,000
Approximate number of awards 3
Anticipated Award Date July 2019
Anticipated Project Completion Date August 2020

 

Summary:
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje Public Affairs Section invites U.S. and North Macedonia-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations to develop and implement CVE related projects in the Republic of North Macedonia and/or the region.

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. CVE programming must be intentionally focused on violent extremism
– and should focus particularly on preventing and/or intervening in radicalization and recruitment to violence.

This CVE grant program will support projects and activities that prevent 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 civic organizations, law enforcement, educational programs, or other entities. Community resilience in the CVE context means those communities where violent 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.

Program Description and Requirements:
The U.S. Embassy seeks CVE program proposals that will develop new efforts and expand existing efforts at the community level to counter violent extremist recruitment and radicalization to violence by funding activities that enhance the resilience of communities being targeted by violent extremists for recruitment, provide alternatives to individuals who have started down a road to violent extremism, and that create or amplify alternative messages to terrorist/violent extremist recruitment and radicalization efforts.

Program Priorities:

  • Developing resilience;
  • Training and engaging with community members;
  • Managing intervention activities;
  • Challenging the narrative; and
  • Building capacity of community-level non-profit organizations active in CVE.

The application should:

  • Address how the project will contribute to the priorities listed above;
  • Enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period;
  • Describe American content and/or involvement in the project;
  • 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 U.S. and North-Macedonia-based non-profit/nongovernmental organizations.  For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Technically eligible submissions are those which:
1) Arrive electronically to www.grants.gov or mk.usembassy.gov by the designated deadline;
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 SkopjeGrants@state.gov.  Please refer to the funding opportunity number. Any updates about this NOFO will also be posted on www.grants.gov.

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation:
Complete applications will include a detailed plan (both a narrative and table) of how the project’s progress towards the expected results and impact will be monitored, measured, 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.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Program Office:  Public Affairs Section (PAS)

Title:  Municipal-Level Tabletop Exercise

Funding Opportunity Number: SMK80019PAS004

Opening date:  May 15, 2019

Application Deadline:  June 28, 2019

Summary of Award Information

Type of Award Cooperative Agreement/Grant
FY 19
Approximate total funding $75,000
Approximate number of awards 1
Anticipated Award Date July 2019
Anticipated Project Completion Date August 2020

 

Summary:
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje Public Affairs Section invites U.S. and North Macedonia-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations to develop and implement municipal-level tabletop exercises to help build and strengthen municipal response mechanisms to violent extremism and terrorism.

Countering violent extremism (CVE) is a key pillar of a comprehensive and sustainable counterterrorism (CT) 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.

Program Description and Requirements:
The U.S. Embassy seeks program proposals that will develop and implement a series of tabletop exercises (fictional case studies) in 3 to 6 municipalities in North Macedonia, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, the National Committee for Countering Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism, and other stakeholder organizations in North Macedonia.  The exercises should walk municipal stakeholders in 3 to 6 different cities through fictional case study examples of radicalization.  The exercises should help stakeholders determine possible interventions, identify local needs, build relationships across different fields and areas of responsibility, and to help cities to address terrorist recruitment and issues related to returning foreign fighters.  Successful program proposals will also take steps to strengthen local multi-stakeholder networks to address community vulnerabilities, terrorist recruitment, and rehabilitation, and help to connect leaders in key municipalities with national CVE and CT efforts and organizations.  The awardee should coordinate this activity with other ongoing activities to strengthen local level CVE efforts.

Program Priorities:

  • Developing exercise scenarios and selecting sites in close cooperation with partner organizations;
  • Managing all logistics for implementation of the series of exercises;
  • Building capacity of stakeholders at the municipal level to address extremist recruitment and the pathways to radicalization;
  • Helping local and national stakeholders identify local needs to address extremist recruitment and threats of radicalization to violent extremism.

The application should:

  • Address how the project will contribute to the priorities listed above;
  • Enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period;
  • Describe any American content and/or involvement in the project;
  • Clearly specify the audiences to be reached and the geographic locations of program activities, why those locations were selected, and/or 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 U.S. and North-Macedonia-based non-profit/nongovernmental organizations.  For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Technically eligible submissions are those which:
1) Arrive electronically to www.grants.gov or mk.usembassy.gov by the designated deadline;
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 SkopjeGrants@state.gov.  Please refer to the funding opportunity number. Any updates about this NOFO will also be posted on www.grants.gov.

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation:
Complete applications will include a detailed plan (both a narrative and table) of how the project’s progress towards the expected results and impact will be monitored, measured, 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.

 

 

U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Program Office:  Public Affairs Section (PAS)

Title:  Media Mentorship Program

Opening date:  May 21, 2019

Opportunity number: SMK800-19-PAS005

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2019

Summary of Award Information

Type of Award Cooperative Agreement/Grant
FY 19
Approximate total funding $100,000
Approximate number of awards 1
Anticipated Award Date July 2019
Anticipated Project Completion Date September 2020

 

Summary:
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje Public Affairs Section invites non-profit/non-governmental organizations to develop and implement a series of workshops for young journalists from the Republic of North Macedonia.

Demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing media training programs is required.  A broad pool of media contacts and established relationships with potential media trainers/coaches will be considered favorably.

Program Description and Requirements:
The U.S. Embassy seeks media program proposals that promote a strong, free and independent media by achieving the following Program Objectives:

  • Introduce journalists to new skills and trends in reporting
  • Strengthen the ability of journalists to identify disinformation tactics and build skills to expose disinformation
  • Expose participants to digital tools and educate them about digital security
  • Analyze challenges and explore opportunities created by new media
  • Encourage creation of original and high-quality content
  • Present journalists with case studies and hands-on experiences to encourage critical analysis and train them to become fluent storytellers

The program should include selection of a cohort of 20-25 journalists under the age of 35.  The grantee should plan 9 to 12 workshops in North Macedonia for this cohort, with a total program period of 9-15 months.

Workshops should be in-person, with virtual or in-person speakers from North Macedonia, the region and the United States who are experts on the given topic of the workshop.  Possible speakers include, but are not limited to, alumni of U.S. government-sponsored media programs in North Macedonia.

The grantee is expected to plan and implement a capstone event at the end of the program to reach a larger audience.

The program timeline will be developed in coordination with U.S. Embassy Skopje.

Proposals must demonstrate a commitment towards the support and inclusion of marginalized communities (including disability status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, whether they live in a rural or urban setting, etc.).  Proposals from U.S. institutions should identify potential local sub-grantees.

The application should:

  • Address how the project will contribute to the objectives listed above;
  • Enumerate specific outputs and outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period;
  • Describe American content and/or involvement in the project;
  • 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;
  • Include a traditional and/or social media plan for marketing or advertising program activities and outcomes;
  • 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 non-profit/nongovernmental organizations.  For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Technically eligible submissions are those which:

1) arrive electronically to SkopjeGrants@state.gov  by the designated deadline;

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 SkopjeGrants@state.gov.  Please clearly refer to the funding opportunity number in the email’s subject line (SMK800-19-PAS005). Any updates about this NOFO will also be posted on www.grants.gov.

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Include a theory of change and clearly define expected outcome indicators.
  • Discuss how progress towards the expected outcomes 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.