The U.S. Embassy Skopje Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s public diplomacy grants program for creative new ideas and projects that increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and North Macedonia and promote the bilateral relationship.
Topic areas eligible for funding include:
- Entrepreneurship and innovation;
- Programs that support culture and the arts, including mutual appreciation of artistic work from both countries;
- Diversity and empowerment of youth and underserved communities;
- Democratic processes and values;
- Strengthening resiliency against disinformation;
- Environment protection; and
- Programs that support North Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration process.
- Most awards are expected to be around $10,000, with a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $20,000. The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described in the absence of worthy applications or under such other circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.
Project and Budget Periods
- Projects generally must be completed in one year or less. The Public Affairs Section will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.
Activities that are appropriate for funding through the Annual Program Statement include, but are not limited to:
- Youth engagement, leadership, and education programs, including initiatives that establish exchanges between the youth of North Macedonia and the United States.
- Bringing an American expert and/or performer to North Macedonia.
- Conferences, workshops, forums, panel discussions, and master classes on American themes or issues of mutual interest.
- Exhibitions of works by Americans or on American themes.
- Cultural programs, particularly those that target youth and underserved communities.
- Television and social media programming in support of the above objectives.
- Programs that promote democratic processes and values.
- Creative programs focused on Identifying and countering the use of disinformation.
- The U.S. Embassy encourages applications from local non-governmental organizations. U.S. NGOs may apply, but preference is given to partnerships that develop the capacity of NGOs in North Macedonia and include plans to transfer programs to sustainable local management.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330565