Small Grants Program – Funding Opportunity

The Mission Belarus Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.

Purpose of Small Grants: 

The Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is a flexible mechanism for embassies to support initiatives that contribute to open and competitive political systems and to the protection of human rights.

Priority Program Areas:

    • Promotion of civil society and association building
    • Free flow of information (including support for independent media) and countering disinformation
    • Protection of human rights and promotion of tolerance

Examples of PDS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:  

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
  • Capacity building and educational programs for civil society organizations;
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns
  • Professional and academic workshops;

Participants and Audiences:

Intended target audience for the various activity categories:

  • Civil society activists
  • Journalists and media professionals;
  • Members of minority and disadvantaged groups, including LGBTQ+, women, and groups working to promote disability rights
  • Youth and young professional ages 18 –35The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:  
    • Construction programs;
    • Fund-raising campaigns;
    • Scientific research;
    • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months  

Number of awards anticipated: up to 3 awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $8,000 to a maximum of $15,000 

Total available funding: $38,100 

Type of Funding:  Fiscal Year 2022 Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia (AEECA) & Economic Support Fund (ESF) Public Diplomacy Programs (EUR/PD and SCA/PPD)

Anticipated program start date:  no later than September 1, 2022 

This notice is subject to availability of funding.


The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from: 

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience located in Lithuania or elsewhere in the region 
  • Individuals

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

Click here to learn how to apply.

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