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Public Affairs Section Small Grants Program
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March 3, 2020

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Panama is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

The Public Affairs Section invites proposals for programs that further U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy interests in Panama in one of the categories below. For a complete description of each category and sub-category, please read the full text of our Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 1 MB). 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.

Program Categories for Funding:

The Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program will consider grant proposals that advance the following themes:

  • Entrepreneurship: Programs that teach business skills to entrepreneurs (especially women and minority populations) using U.S. models, create new U.S.-Panama partnerships and opportunities for start-up companies, or support social impact investment;
  • Combating Disinformation, Enhancing Media Literacy, Supporting Excellence in Journalism: Programs that support investigative journalism, increase media literacy, and/or strengthen media and civil society organizations’ ability to counter disinformation;
  • Strengthening Civil Society: Projects that provide support to civil society organizations, establish networks of organizations, or directly address some of the systemic challenges those organizations encounter;
  • Cybersecurity: Projects that will improve cybersecurity regulation, education, or resources to general skill-building, tech camps, and public awareness campaigns;
  • English Language Proficiency: Programs that support English language teaching and learning among public school and higher education students and young professionals, with an emphasis on improving English for Entrepreneurship and STEM fields or integrating English into existing curricula;
  • STEAM Education: Projects designed to enhance education and cooperation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) like workshops or training programs; the development of educational tools or resources; and joint activities with U.S. public school students;
  • Sustainable Development: Projects that promote responsible stewardship of environmental resources through educational programs, the development of community networks incorporating U.S. counterparts or resources, or the development of innovative tools to guide sustainable development practices. This may include water, forests, wildlife (especially fisheries), agriculture, pollution, or any related issue, provided there is an adequate U.S. public diplomacy component;

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 https://www.SAM.gov

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 $50,000. 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?

The application process is divided into two parts, a Statement of Interest (SOI) and a full application. Applicants must first submit a SOI using the SOI Submission Form. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for PAS to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, PAS will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.

Step 1: Statement of Interest
Submit a SOI using the following form: https://forms.gle/fszyhgaS2ZYrpN216

Note: The full registration process in DUNS, NCAGE, and SAM.gov can take up to five weeks to complete. PAS therefore encourages all applicants to begin the DUNS, SAM.gov, and NCAGE registration processes as early as possible.

SOIs for the 2021 Small Grants Program must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021. The Embassy will notify applicants of selection or non-selection of SOIs by the end of May.

Step 2: Full Application
If your SOI is selected by the initial review panel, you will receive an invitation to submit a complete application package through Grants.gov. Applications must be submitted in English. (Applications submitted in Spanish will not be accepted).

Full applications for the 2021 Small Grants Program must be submitted no later than June 30, 2021.

The full application package must contain:

  • Proposal (DOC 26 KB) (including budget narrative)
  • Budget Worksheet (XLS 82 KB)
  • Form SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance and SF-424_A

For more details about the grants process please read carefully our Notice of Funding Opportunity below. Please contact us at panculturalgrants@state.gov with additional questions.

Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity

Title: U.S. Embassy Panama Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program (PDF 1 MB)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-PAN-FY21-01
Application Period Opens: February 01, 2021
Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2021
CFDA Number and Title: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Total Amount Available: $250,000
Amount Per Award: $1,000 to $50,000

Required application forms and templates are available below.

Guidelines:

Application Forms:

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