United States Embassy Fund

NOTICE: Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Embassy small grant program. The program is now closed for 2023. Please monitor this site for future funding opportunities in 2024.

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay announces a rolling call for proposals to fund projects that advance the Embassy’s strategic priorities.  A total of approximately US$ 500,000 is available for allocation among eligible proposals, with a maximum of US$ 25,000 per project.

Together with the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos is the partner organization responsible for managing the financing and reporting for selected projects.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Our general call schedule for the U.S. Embassy Fund for 2024 will be announced after November 30,
2023.

PROPOSAL TIMELINE

Proposal Timeline

 

APPLICATION EVALUATION

Applications will be selected by an Evaluation Panel made up of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and the Alianza. Proposals may be subject to a request for additional information or a change to the proposal if defined by the panel.

Note: Funds are limited so only the best ranked eligible proposals may be selected under each round. Unsuccessful applicants may not appeal the funding decision but may reapply in future funding calls. 

U.S. EMBASSY MONTEVIDEO’S PRIORITY THEMES

Projects should strengthen one or more of the following priorities:

  • Uruguay´s economy. Projects may include those that aim to make the economy more diverse, resilient, sensitive to the environment, and/or that extend opportunities to rural, vulnerable, or underserved communities. Projects may include but are not limited to topics such as: English language learning, Information Communication and Technology (ICTs), Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), combating climate change or attitudinal changes that promote environmental conservation, and developing or supporting entrepreneurship.
  • Democracy.  Projects may promote or defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, strengthen democratic ideas and values, promote accountability and transparency, strengthen civil society organizations, promote civic education, and promote freedom of association. This may include prioritizing the diversity and inclusion of rural communities, vulnerable or underrepresented populations in areas of civil society, advocating for human rights, fighting corruption, and/or media literacy skills and knowledge about phenomenon of disinformation.
  • Local, regional, and global security. Projects may include strengthening public order and safety, resilience against violence and drug trafficking in populations at risk and increased cyber-security measures. Projects may focus on prison system reform, combatting drug trafficking in populations at risk and/or programs or exchanges designed to strengthening cybersecurity.

ELIGIBILITY

Public Diplomacy funds are subject to statutory authorities that restrict the eligibility and purposes of
applicants and projects.

  • Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, think tanks, civil society, cultural associations, artists, government agencies, educational institutions, etc. For-profit entities are strictly prohibited from receiving these funds.

Programs that are NOT eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Social welfare projects (acts of charity), primary beneficiary is only one entity or individual, scientific research, projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns, exchange programs with countries other than the U.S. and Uruguay, programs focused on children under 14 years of age, support for specific religious activities, construction programs,  vehicle purchases, for-profit endeavors; or fund-raising campaigns.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Each application will be rated based on the evaluation criteria outlined below.
Reasons for non- selection and rankings of projects by the review panel will not be shared.

Evaluation Criteria