The U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program Competition for 2018 – Call for Proposals
Warsaw, Poland – The U.S. Embassy Small Grants competition is now a two-step process with applications being submitted and reviewed on a continuous, year-round basis. The first step in applying for funding through the U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program is to fill out the form here: https://bit.ly/2GLlSZy
Proposals will be reviewed on a monthly basis and organizations will be notified if their proposal is eligible to continue to stage two within 30 days of submission. Those that are eligible will be invited to submit a complete, detailed Project Application. All funding decisions are pending availability of U.S. Department of State funds, and any costs and expenses incurred prior to receipt of grant money will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Embassy.
Grants will be awarded to local representatives of Poland’s civil society – to include non-governmental organizations, cultural or educational institutions, universities, media, schools, and individuals – whose successful grant proposals support the following goals and initiatives:
- Civic Engagement and Shared Values: Projects that increase involvement of civil society and youth in decision-making processes; support civic education of youth and youth public advocacy; develop critical thinking and problem solving among youth; support leadership education, empowerment and the rights of women; support inclusion of minorities, people with disabilities and other groups in public policy-making; and strengthen understanding of U.S. democratic values and institutions.
- People-to-People Ties and History of Polish-U.S. Relations:In recognition of the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations in 2019, projects that increase public awareness, especially among youth, of the history of Polish-U.S. relations over the last century; highlight the critical role that people-to-people connections have played between our two countries the last hundred years; and create opportunities to discuss and shape the future of Polish-U.S. relations and people-to-people ties heading into the second century of relations.
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and STEAM: Projects that promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly among youth and emerging entrepreneurs; give tools to innovative youth and emerging entrepreneurs to incubate and commercialize their ideas; promote education of youth, particularly girls and young women, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); develop networking opportunities for young entrepreneurs and STEAM students with Poland’s private sector; develop networking and business opportunities for innovative youth and emerging entrepreneurs in Poland with innovators, business incubators, and businesses in the United States.
- Media Literacy: Projects that: 1) promote media literacy among youth/students, civil society, media, academia, and digital communicators; 2) train consumers how to identify and evaluate disinformation; and 3) teach fact-checking and critical thinking skills to verify accuracy and sources of information in traditional (e.g., TV, radio, print) and social/online media.
- International Security: Projects that increase public awareness of and support, particularly among youth, for transatlantic and international security cooperation between the United States, Poland, and NATO to meet global security challenges.
- U.S. Culture: Projects that promote increased awareness of the role of U.S. culture in modern American society, including that of sports, music and dance, art and design, cuisine and travel, and education; and youth-focused projects that help promote American Studies and study opportunities in the United States.
If interested in learning more, please follow this link to our U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program 2018.