Cultural and Educational Grants

Samll Grants Competition

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) at U.S. Embassy Montevideo is now accepting Statements of Interest (SOI) proposals to participate in the embassy’s Small Grants Competition.

U.S. Embassy Montevideo provides funding for programs that support the embassy’s strategic priorities in Uruguay, including enhancing global security; building economic prosperity for the United States and Uruguay; and defending the values of democracy and justice. Proposed programs should strengthen bilateral ties between the United States and Uruguay and include a clear U.S. connection that will promote increased understanding of the United States among the Uruguayan public.

Proposals should address one or more of the following priority program areas:

  • Sharing U.S. culture, values, and policies with Uruguayan audiences.
  • Promoting Cybersecurity and 5G awareness
  • Promoting democracy and rule of law (especially related to democracy promotion in Venezuela)
  • Strengthening media literacy and awareness of disinformation
  • Creating innovative English language programs.
  • Promoting science and technology education.
  • Promoting entrepreneurship.

Eligible organizations may request up to $25,000 (US dollars).  Proposed projects should begin by August and end within 6 months

This is a two- tier competitive process.  Please see below for instructions on how to submit an initial Statement of Interest for consideration by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. The highest rated and qualified applications will then be invited to submit complete applications to support programs through the Small Grants Competition.

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

How to Apply
  1. Submit Statement of Interest (SOI) and draft budget (April 30).  Applicants should draft a two-page Statement of Interest, in English, that briefly introduces the organization and explains the project’s goal and objectives, how it addresses the above priority program areas, its connection to the United States, and anticipated results. The Statement of Interest should be accompanied by a one-page budget in U.S. dollars that includes direct and indirect costs, including personnel, travel, and any equipment or supplies required to carry out the project.  Concept papers will be reviewed by the Public Affairs Section for the project’s quality and alignment with Embassy goals.  SOI Proposals must be submitted via email to MontevideoGrants@state.gov no later than April 30, 2020.  Organizations may only present one SOI proposal per program
  2. Notification of selected Statements of Interest (May 15). Applicants whose Statements of Interest are selected will be notified and invited to submit a complete grant application within 30 days.
  3. Attend mandatory presentation on grant applications and required registrations (May 20). To be eligible to receive a grant from U.S. Embassy Montevideo, organizations whose Statements of Interest have been selected must attend a mandatory presentation on grant applications, supporting forms and documents, and required registration process.  Note: Organizations that have not successfully registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) will not be considered for final selection.  Before registering in SAM, organizations must first obtain a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number) and a NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code (NCAGE). The presentation will be given by members of the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section as a virtual e-meeting or at a public site in Montevideo.
  4. Submit complete grant application (June 15). Organizations must submit a complete grant application in English with all required forms and supporting documents via e-mail to MontevideoGrants@state.gov by June 15, 2020.   Incomplete applications will not be considered for final selection.
  5. Small Grants Committee review of grant applications and notification of selected proposals (June 30):  Following submission of the grant application, the embassy’s Small Grants Committee will review all applications and select qualified projects.  (Please see the Evaluation Criteria section for additional information on the criteria for final selection.)  Organizations whose grant application has been selected for funding will be notified by July 15.  Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by this same date.
  6. Completion of award process (July 30):  A Grants Officer Representative (GOR) from the embassy’s Public Affairs Section will work directly with the organization’s representative to refine the proposal and budget to ensure that it is compliant with U.S. Department of State regulations.  The Grant Officer and grant recipient will sign the DS-1909 and other award provisions no later than August 1, 2020.  Period of performance will be established on the form DS-1909 Federal Assistance Award and projects may not begin earlier than the date stated and should be completed within six months of the start date.
Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below.
The criteria listed are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an application.

  • Quality and feasibility of the program
  • The capacity of the organization to successfully implement the program
  • Goals and objectives in relation to Embassy priority program areas
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Budget, including proposed cost-sharing
  • Long-term sustainability of program, including whether it is a repeatable or scalable initiative after receiving embassy support
Eligible Applicants

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from:

  • U.S. and Uruguayan registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, civil society organizations, and nongovernmental organizations with programming experience;
  • Non-profit or public educational institutions;
  • Uruguayan governmental entities.

NOTE:   For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions:  Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply.

These include Code of Federal Regulations: 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600; Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at:  https://www.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/