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.
PAS 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). 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.
The Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program will consider grant proposals that advance the following themes:
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.
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):
Please see Section D.3 of our Notice of Funding Opportunity and guidelines attached below for information on how to obtain these registrations.
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.
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:
For more details about the grants process please read carefully our Notice of Funding Opportunity below. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
Title: U.S. Embassy Panama Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program (PDF 1.2mb)
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
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