U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate Krakow Small Grants Program Competition

Warsaw, Poland – The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate Krakow Small Grants competition is a two-step process with applications submitted and reviewed on a continuous, year-round basis.  The first step in applying for funding – up to $25,000 per project – is to complete this form: https://bit.ly/2GLlSZy

Proposals for both the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate Krakow 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 requested to submit a complete, detailed Project Application.  All funding decisions are contingent on the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of State; any costs and expenses incurred prior to receipt of grant money will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate Krakow.


Grants will be awarded to local representatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, cultural or educational institutions, universities, media, schools, and individuals whose successful grant proposals support the following goals and initiatives:

  1. Security:  Projects that promote increased security cooperation between Poland and the United States; and/or projects that increase public awareness and support – particularly among youth – for transatlantic and international security cooperation (between the United States, Poland, and NATO) to meet global security challenges.  Challenges include cyber threats, disinformation, counterterrorism, border security, export control and proliferation, counter-narcotics, and transnational organized crime.
  2. Trade and Energy:  Projects that increase bilateral trade and investment between Poland and the United States; and/or projects that promote more secure, diverse, and cleaner energy sources for Poland and the EU.
  3. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and STEAM:  Projects that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly among youth; projects that give tools to emerging entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas; projects that promote education of youth, particularly girls and young women, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); and projects that develop networking and business opportunities for youth, emerging entrepreneurs, and STEAM students with innovators, business incubators, and businesses in Poland and/or the United States.
  4. Civic Engagement and Shared Values:  Projects that strengthen understanding in Poland of U.S. democratic values and institutions, particularly among youth; projects that increase involvement of civil society in decision-making processes; projects that support civic education of youth and their public advocacy skills; projects that develop critical thinking and problem-solving; projects that support leadership education, empowerment, and the rights of girls and women; projects that support inclusion of minorities, people with disabilities, and other groups in public policy-making.
  5. U.S. Culture, History of Polish-U.S. Relations, End of Communist Rule in Poland:  Projects that increase public awareness, especially among youth, of the history of Polish-U.S. relations over the last century and/or the last 30 years (2019 is both the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations and the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy to Poland); projects that highlight the role that people-to-people connections have played between Poland and the United States over the last hundred and/or 30 years; and projects that create opportunities to discuss and shape the future of Polish-U.S. relations as well as people-to-people bonds heading into the second century of relations.
  6. Media Literacy:  Projects that promote media literacy among youth/students, civil society, media, academia, and digital communicators; projects that train consumers how to identify and evaluate disinformation; and projects that 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.

If interested in learning more, please follow this link to our U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program.