Small Grants Program

Small Grants Competition 2022

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 Program competition.

Eligible organizations may request between $5.000 and $20.000 (U.S. dollars).

The U.S. Department of States provides funding to PAS Montevideo programs that support U.S. Embassy Montevideo’s strategic priorities in Uruguay. 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. All programs must include a U.S. element or a connection with experts, organizations, or institutions from the United States in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Proposals should address one or more of the following strategic outcomes:

  • Programs that support Uruguay’s efforts to diversify the economy and strengthen sectors beyond agriculture
  • Broad awareness of, support for, and/or behavior change in favor of combating climate change and promoting environmental conservation
  • Greater awareness of the importance of strong support for human rights
  • Increased awareness of cybersecurity and potential benefits and threats related to 5G
  • Increased workforce capabilities and opportunities for women, disadvantaged youth, minorities, or vulnerable groups in rural areas.

The following registered U.S. or Uruguayan organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, civil society, and cultural and/or educational associations
  • Foreign Government organizations
  • Public and Non-profit educational institutions

For-profit, commercial entities or individuals are NOT eligible to apply (see full application for eligibility and funding restrictions)

This is a two- tier competitive process. The submission of the SOI brief concept is the first step. Applicants must first submit a concise three- page statement of interest clearly communicating program ideas and objectives and budget summary draft . This first step is not a full proposal application.

The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants to submit program ideas for evaluation Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal application expanding their program ideas and budget. Full proposals will go through a second merit review before final funding decisions are made.

The time for the whole process may take 2 to 3 months. Applicants are encouraged to apply 4 to 6 months before the start date of the proposed activity.
Applications will be reviewed monthly, starting on December 2021 and thru May 2022 (see monthly deadlines)

Deadline to apply for each Round is the 1st. Wednesday of each month, by 5:00 p.m. in Uruguay

  • 1st Round December 1, 2021
  • 2nd Round January 5, 2022
  • 3rd Round February 2, 2022
  • 4th Round March 2, 2022
  • 5th Round April 6, 2022
  • 6th Round May 4, 2022

Prospective grantees will typically receive a decision within 10 days of SOI initial submissions deadline

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Please see below for instructions on how to submit an initial Statement of Interest for consideration by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. Organizations may submit only one statement of interest per round.

1- Submit Statement of Interest (SOI) via e-mail
Applicants should draft a three-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 summary in U.S. dollars. to carry out the project.

The SOI, brief concept proposal must be submitted via e-mail to MontevideoGrants@state.gov, no later than the 1st Wednesday of each month, by 5:00 p.m. in Uruguay.

The e-mail must contain the following information:

  1. Subject/Title: # Round, PAS MVD – SOI/APS FY2022 and title of the Program (in English)
  2. Message body:
    • Presentation of the proposal and detail of attached documents
    • Legal Name of the Organization (do not translate legal name)
    • NCAGE Code and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
    • Full name of the organization’s signing authority, title, telephone, address, e-mail
    • Full name and contact info of person submitting the proposal on behalf of the organization

Note: All organizations must have an NCAGE Code and an Unique Entity Identifier  (UEI)

  1.  Attachments:
    • A concise proposal, in English, of no more than 3 pages that includes the following:
      • A brief introduction of the organization (1 paragraph)
      • Description of the proposed program (who, why, what, what for, when)
      • Summarize goals, objectives, outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and proposed timeline
      • A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds
      • The anticipated total budget amount (in U.S. dollars).
    • A spreadsheet with the estimated total amount in U.S. dollars for each budget category (see budget guidelines at the end on #H. Other information). Please note that post’s funds available for these projects are not intended to cover the organization’s fixed costs or full salaries of its permanent staff. For competitive proposals, overhead costs and personnel wages and benefits will NOT exceed 10% (per category) of the full amount of the award.

2- Selection of SOI Initial Proposals
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) at U.S. Embassy Montevideo will review and analyze the quality and feasibility of the project and whether it aligns with the Embassy’s priorities, and will select eligible and qualified applications based on the following criteria:

  • Program areas addressed are aligned with stated priorities
  • Objectives and expected outcomes are clear
  • Target audience is identified and aligns with program objectives and outcomes
  • Proposed budget and timeline included
  • Proposal is viable, reasonable, and executable
  • Compliance with required information and documents

3- Notification and Virtual Q&A Meeting
Applicants whose statements of interest are selected will receive a notification and invitation to submit a full proposal application and to participate in a virtual meeting for Q&A.

4- Full Application Deadline
Selected applicants must submit the full application within 2 weeks of this notification.
Qualified full applications will go through a second merit review. Each proposal is evaluated by an internal Embassy committee to determine the project’s potential to advance U.S. policy priorities. In general, it takes from 10 to 15 days to complete the review process, panel discussion, and selection.

Please read full SOI/APS Announcement containing important information, eligibility, requirements, and instructions for submitting full applications within two weeks of receiving notification.