Grants and Funding Opportunities

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Public Affairs Section Small Grants Program and other Notices of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy PANAMA Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program and other specific Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs).

Purpose of Small Grants Program:  Public Affairs Section  PANAMA invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and PANAMA through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of possible projects:

  • Projects that promote U.S. culture, music, history, sports, education, tourism, or the English language.
  • Activities, workshops and speakers programs that strengthen our ties and increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and Panama.
  • Projects that support educational exchange and partnership particularly those related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among Panamanian youth.
  • Projects that foster Economic Growth, improved business climate, entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate social responsibility, U.S. businesses, and the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Projects that support human rights, racial/ethnic equality, gender equality and women’s empowerment, diversity and social inclusion as part of a strong civil society and may improve the lives of at-risk youth and grassroots communities.
  • Programs related to freedom of the press that improve quality of investigative journalism and transparency.

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:  Construction programs; Programs relating to partisan political activity; Charitable or development activities; Programs that support specific religious activities; Fund-raising campaigns; Lobbying for specific legislation or programs; Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; Commercial or for profit projects.

Who can apply?

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience.
  • Universities and educational institutions
  • Governmental institutions
  • Individuals are eligible to apply if they have no organizational affiliation and will be the sole person conducting activities. Grants to individuals may not include sub-grants, contracts, or payments to other individuals and typically only consist of expenses for travel and per diem.

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have (in the following order): 

  1. NCAGE/CAGE Code
  2. DUNS number
  3. ACTIVE registration on

Please see Section D.3 of our Notice of Funding Opportunity and guidelines attached below for information on how to obtain these registrations.

How much?

The amount available will depend on the specific Notice of Funding Opportunity. The majority of proposals will likely fall under the Small Grants Program for which the funding range is 1,000 to 25,000. The budget for each particular proposal will depend on the size and scope of the project, within the constraints of the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The grant review process will seek to exercise responsible stewardship of government resources by maximizing the impact of available funds. Submitting a funding request for a larger amount may disadvantage the application.

Lump sum overhead costs, alcoholic beverages, and vague budget line items, such as “Miscellaneous Items” or “Unforeseen Expenses” will not be funded. Budget should be as detailed as possible with a breakdown of all specific expenditures including all calculations. Any figure you provide without a specific breakout will be returned for additional information or rejected.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted in English. (Applications submitted in Spanish will not be accepted). All applications must be submitted electronically to

Application package must contain:

Required application forms and templates are available bellow.

Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date established for each Notice of Funding Opportunity. The Public Affairs Section usually takes four-five months to review and make awards.

For more details about the grants process please read carefully our Notices of Funding Opportunity below.

Notices of Funding Opportunity:

  • PAS-PAN-FY21-01 U.S. Embassy Panama Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program (OPENS JANUARY 1, 2021)


Application Forms:

For more 424 Forms please click here.