U.S. Embassy announces Small Grants Program 2021

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to support civil society development in Belarus. This year we are having one call for proposals. This call for proposals will be devoted to projects that contribute to:

  • Strengthening of local communities and improving conditions for civic initiatives and participation.
  • Protecting disability rights, women’s and children’s rights, and supporting other vulnerable groups.
  • Supporting gender equality and encouraging women’s participation in all spheres of life.
  • Broadening communication and fair access to information.
  • Developing various spheres of entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on regional entrepreneurial development.

Proposals that reach the broadest number of users, involve networking with other organizations, focus on activities in the regions, and include funding from other sources will have a strong advantage.

Competition is open to registered Belarusian non-governmental non-profit organizations.

Focus / Priorities:

  • The Small Grants Program only considers funding proposals that contain accurate and well-developed implementation plans and clear explanations of how the project goals will be achieved, where those goals address the Program’s themes and priorities.
  • The Program prefers supporting complete projects instead of individual activities, such as one-time conferences, publications, or round tables.  A complete project involves a sequence of coherent events, logically interwoven and linked in time, designed to achieve specific goals within a particular time frame,  and focusing on target audiences.  The time frame for the project should be appropriate to the project activities and should not exceed 12 months. The project proposals should be submitted using the standardized application form and be modest in size (up to 6 pages in Times New Roman font 12).

An application package must contain the following mandatory elements:

  1. Signed SF424 Application Coversheet Form (pdf format)
  2. Project Application Form  in .doc format  (original doc format)
  3. CVs of the paid staff and experts
  4. Registration certificate

Each document must be attached separately, no archived versions are permitted.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Potential to contribute to the development of priority areas.
  • Feasibility and financial soundness of the proposal supported with the project monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Leading to concrete and measurable results that will directly benefit the local community and/or communities.
  • Creative approach in working with target audiences.
  • Past experience in successfully organizing and completing planned activities.


  • Grant activities may not violate Belarusian legislation.
  • Grants may not be used for partisan/political activity.
  • Grants are normally made on a one-time basis.  Duplicative projects will not be supported.
  • Administrative expenses should be linked to specific grant activities, not fixed overhead costs.
  • Embassy Small Grants Program funds must not be used to pay for international travel.
  • Proposals should be in English and Belarusian (or in English and Russian).
  • Proposals that fail to meet the Small Grants Program criteria or submission requirements will not be reviewed.

The deadline is March 14, 2021. For details please visit https://by.usembassy.gov/education-culture/u-s-embassy-small-grants-program/