The Public Affairs Section (PAS) Small Grants Program awards grants to the U.S. and Nicaraguan citizens and non-profit and non-governmental organizations to support innovative projects focused on empowering Nicaraguans through educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Improve instruction and academic achievement in English language proficiency and/or science, technology, environment, architecture/art, and math (STEAM).
- Strengthen entrepreneurship and economic development, and expand access among minority communities, women, and disadvantaged communities.
- Engage alumni of U.S. sponsored exchange programs.
- Promote civic education.
- Award Ceiling: $ 40,000;
- Award Floor: $1;
- The projects can be short-term, or up to twenty-four (24) months.
Categories of Funding Activity
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Nicaragua only:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience.
- Nicaraguan and U.S. Individuals.
- Institutions of Higher Education.
- Quality of the Program Plan: The program idea should clearly show originality and the program objectives are well articulated with the expected results of the program. The goals and objectives of the proposal should clearly align with the goal and objectives of this APS. In addition, a U.S. component or exchange between Nicaraguan and American individuals should be clearly stated in the proposal.
- Ability to Achieve Program Objectives: Applications should clearly demonstrate how the applicant would meet the objectives. Activities should be reasonable and feasible, and the application should clearly detail how activities would be carried out. Objectives should be clear, measurable, and have a well-articulated timeline.
- Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate the activity’s success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique and a description of a methodology to link outcomes to original project objectives are recommended. Sustainability: proposals should indicate how the program activities would have a positive impact after the end of the program.
- Budget and Narrative Justification: The budget and narrative justification are complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The plan for services and related cost estimates is realistic.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330295