U.S. Mission to Kosovo: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2020

U.S. Mission to Kosovo: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2020

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The United States Embassy in Kosovo announces an open competition for Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. This program seeks to support the development of Kosovo’s democratic institutions and civil society by awarding small project grants to Kosovo non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and independent local media organizations.

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Themes

The goal of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to solicit proposals that address and implement programs in any of the following themes:

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Education and skills building
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)
Inclusion
Anti-corruption
Countering Malign Foreign Influence
Priority Region: Kosovo

Funding Information

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Number of awards anticipated: up to 15 awards (dependent on funding and award amounts)
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000
Total available funding: $300,000.00
Anticipated program start date: Applicants should plan to submit their proposals 3 – 6 months before they intend to begin their program activities.
The Democracy Commission Small Grants Program cannot fund:

Organizations with affiliation to elected officials, political parties, or religious groups;
Humanitarian or charitable activities, including direct social services to populations;
Fundraising campaigns;
Career development;
Political or partisan activities;
Scientific research;
Individual trips abroad;
Trade activities; or
Health projects.
Participants and Audiences

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Through this NOFO, the Embassy would like to target the following audiences:

Under the themes of Education and Skills Building, STEAM, and Countering Malign Foreign Influence, programs may target:
Youth in Transition targeting 14-18 year-olds (high school students and students transitioning into higher / technical education), and 18-23 year-olds through informal education opportunities (graduate students and youth transition into the job market)
Youth in Transition are fundamental to Kosovo’s economic development and prosperity. Proposals should address the needs of students and businesses for education that links directly into opportunities in the job market, better equipping youth with the skills they need to succeed in the fields of today and tomorrow
Under the themes of Anti-Corruption and Inclusion or Countering Malign Foreign Influence, programs may target:
Established Influencers
Established Influencers will advocate on issues critical to the advancement of program objectives including, but not limited to, regional security and dialogue. Established Influencers may include public figures at the top of their industry (e.g. innovators, tech leaders, business owners, and politicians) who can exert a positive influence on society.
Emerging Decision Makers
Emerging Decision Makers are future leaders in business, technology, education, government, and public administration. They include entrepreneurs and social activists as well as civil servants with three to five years’ experience in a government position who have been identified as “rising stars.” This audience cares about the rule of law, accountability, and good governance.
Eligibility Criteria

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Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations (Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO’s), Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), Independent media outlets) officially registered in the Republic of Kosovo.

Please ensure:

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The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
All documents are in English
All budgets are in U.S. dollars
All pages are numbered
All documents are formatted to A4 paper, and
All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
Application submitted in a zip format or through a cloud service will be rejected
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325308

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