Notice of Funding Opportunity for Public Affairs Small Grants

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Panama announces its Small Grants Program

Funding is available to support projects that:

  • Reinforce U.S.-Panamanian Shared Values – Projects which promote U.S. culture, including music, art, sports, and education, including American Studies, English and promotion of studying in the United States, or which support human rights, women’s and youth empowerment, diversity and acceptance of minority groups, and other areas of mutual interest that promote freedom and democracy in line with four Integrated Strategy Goals listed below.
  • Strengthen Economic Prosperity – Projects which encourage trade and investment between the United States and Panama, and support entrepreneurship and innovation. Projects which support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among Panamanian youth. 

The Integrated Strategy objectives are:

  • Protect the American citizen and business communities.
  • Enhance democratic institutions and stability.
  • Build law enforcement capacity and sustain effective cooperation.
  • Expand economic opportunity and transparency through implementation of the Trade Promotion Agreement.

Who can apply?

Legally registered non-profit organizations such as associations or foundations and individuals operating in Panama. The Mission cannot give grants to commercial firms/for-profit firms, municipalities, or government establishments. Non-profit educational institutions (such as universities) can apply. 

How much?

Total amounts requested can vary, grants of $5,000 to $25,000 will receive priority. Applicants may submit only one project per call.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted in English using this template. Applications in a different template or submitted in Spanish will not be accepted. Please read our instructions on how to fill in the application form

All applications must be submitted electronically to GrantsPanama@state.gov. Applications will be received and processed on a rolling basis. The Public Affairs Section usually takes 2-3 months to review and make awards.

How are proposals evaluated?

Preference will be given to individuals and organizations with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and NGO events and programs. Applications with an American component such as a scholar, speaker, artist, performer, author, etc., are considered stronger.  While co-sponsor and/or matching funding is not required, it greatly adds to the likelihood that your project will be selected. Projects should have a public teaching/public dialogue or educational component.

Activities that are not typically funded include, but are not limited topaying to complete activities begun with other funds; political party activities; charitable activities; construction projects; fund-raising campaigns; commercial projects; or projects aimed only at primary institutional development of the organization. Lump sum overhead costs, alcoholic beverages, and vague budget line items, such as “Miscellaneous Items” or “Unforeseen Expenses” will not be funded.

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