Small Grants Program
Cultural and NGO Grants
Through its small-grant program, the U.S. Embassy in Prague provides partial support for artistic and cultural performances, non-governmental organization (NGO) projects and educational projects whose aim is to promote and deepen the understanding and appreciation of American culture and NGO practices in the Czech Republic.
The Embassy elicits proposals with outstanding cultural and educational merit that support the U.S. Government’s broad goals of fostering mutual cooperation. In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will give consideration to the full range and diversity of Czech organizations – cultural, NGO and educational - and will seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences in the Czech Republic.
Preference will be given to individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and NGO events and programs. Projects with an important American component (speaker, artist, performer, etc.) are considered stronger. Generally, new grantees will be given priority over previous grantees, however previous award recipients are not discouraged from applying. Typically, grants range from $1,000 to $5,000, and do not exceed $10,000.
The U.S. Embassy in Prague gives priority to the following themes and initiatives:
- Culture / American Society
- Educational Initiatives
- American Studies / English Teaching
- Democracy, Good Governance, and Rule of law
- Human Rights and Civil Society
- Science and Technology
Embassy Small Grants Cannot Fund
Please note that Embassy grants CANNOT be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad (i.e. out of the Czech Republic); trade activities; fundraising campaigns; charitable activities; humanitarian aid; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development and operational costs of the organization; or representational expenses (lunch, alcoholic beverages, flowers etc.). The Embassy also cannot give grants to commercial firms/ for-profit firms.
How to Apply for a Small Grant
All applications must be completed in English.
Please complete the two forms required (Application and Breakdown Budget) and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Close of Business (COB) on June 30, 2015.
Organizations and individuals selected for support will be informed ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 31, 2015.
- Small Grant Application Template: Please complete this document and send it back to us as a MS Word file. You may also send a PDF of the same application, but we need the document in MS Word as well.
To help you complete the application, please see the file named “Small Grant Application Instructions.” This document explains line by line how to complete the application. There are also valuable tips in the instructions for making your application more competitive. These instructions are available now only in English.
If you would like a Czech translation of the instructions, please check back on Monday 8 June at COB for a translation.
Note: if you would like to receive a MS Word version of the application please write us at email@example.com and request a copy.
- Small Grant Application Budget Template with Instructions: This file is available now only as PDF. Please see the attachment here for a guideline on how your breakdown budget should look.
If you would like to receive the Excel version of the template, complete with a sample budget and tips for making your application stronger, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy of the document in MS Excel.
In each round, the US Embassy Prague receives between 100—150 applications for funding, of which we are able to support 20—30.
To make your application more competitive, please be brief, clear and to the point.
We appreciate your interest in the Small Grants Program and wish you the best of luck!
If you have questions during the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
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