Grant Opportunities

Grants

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs section annually awards a limited number of grants of $15,000 and above through our formal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) process.  We anticipate to publish our next NOFO to be released on or around February 2019 with an anticipated closing date on or around May 2019.

Small & Mighty

Small & Mighty is administered by Sarvodaya to promote funding opportunities to smaller organizations and individuals with the capacity to lead and develop programs that may not have the infrastructure to compete in U. S. Embassy Colombo formal NOFO. We encourage applications with program goals which promote reconciliation, improve respect for human rights, promote accountability and freedom of expression, and encourage economic growth with more equitable distribution of benefits and greater sustainability.

Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Sarvodaya Online Platform http://sarvodayame.com/grant_application.php  in one of the three languages: English, Sinhala or Tamil.

Deadline for Applications: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, reviewed and awarded every two months through April of 2019.

Funding type and amount: Most projects are anticipated to be under US$ 5,000.00 but can range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-LG-2019
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961” P.L. 87-256
CFDA Number: 19.025
Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project 
Email:  ColomboPDGrants@state.gov
Deadline: November 23, 2018

 

Program Description 

The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) large grants program. We invite you to work with the Public Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Colombo to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative.

AFCP will recommend for funding those projects that address one or more of the following ECA Bureau strategic goals:

  1. U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements
  2. U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals
  3. Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas
  4. Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  5. Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites

You are invited to send project abstracts for large-scale, partnership-based projects to preserve significant cultural heritage sites in Sri Lanka and Maldives through this program.

This opportunity is open to reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c) (3) of the tax code, that are registered and active in SAM.gov and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

The AFCP large grants competition takes place in two rounds: Project Abstract (Round 1) and Full Project Proposal (Round 2). Only those applicants whose abstracts are successfully reviewed will be eligible to develop and submit full proposals for round 2. Floor on Amount of Awards: US $200,000 per project. Since 2008, awards made through this program for new large-scale projects have ranged from $200,000 to $979,000 with an average award amount of $480,000.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 23, 2018. Fully developed project proposals for successful abstracts will be due January 11, 2019.  Please contact Grants Applications Manager on ColomboPDGrants@state.gov with “AFCP 2019 Large Grants Program” in the subject line for further information or to submit abstracts.

If invited to submit full project proposals to round 2, an Embassy official will provide instructions.

Complete details regarding proposal requirements can be found in Annexure I – General Information (DOC 17 KB). Link to the other supporting documents.

 

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-SML-2019
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961”  (P.L. 87-256 Sec 102(b)(5), as amended)
CFDA Number: 19.025
Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project
Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project 
Email:  ColomboPDGrants@state.gov
Deadline: November 23, 2018

 

Program Description

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2018 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants competition.

The AFCP was established in 2001 in collaboration with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to assist countries in preserving their cultural heritage. The projects recommended for funding under this program shall advance U.S. foreign policy goals and demonstrate American leadership in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in support of prosperity and stability around the world.You are invited to work with U.S. Embassy Colombo’s Public Affairs Section to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative. To date, through the AFCP program the Embassy has supported eleven projects in Sri Lanka valued at almost $790,102 and four projects in Maldives valued at nearly $96,000.

Funding Range for Individual Awards: From $10,000 to $200,000 per project. AFCP additionally consider funding for those projects that support one or more of the following priorities:

  1. U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements
  2. U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals
  3. Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas
  4. Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  5. Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites

The deadline for receipt of proposals is November 23, 2018. To receive consideration for funding, applicants must forward only electronic copies of all required documentation to Grants Applications Manager under the heading “AFCP 2019 Small Grants Competition” to the e-mail ColomboPDGrants@state.gov on or before the deadline.

Proposal requirements can be found in Annexure I – General Information (DOC 28 KB). Applicants must submit their proposals in the application template Annexure II (DOC 31 KB), and the budget in template Annexure III (Excel 19 KB). Other documentation requested in Annexure I – General Information (DOC 28 KB) should be sent as attachments to support your proposal. Link to the other supporting documents

Proposals that are not sent in the templates provided, sent without the supporting documents, or those do not meet the criteria indicated in the Annexure I – General Information (DOC 28 KB) will be deemed ineligible.

The U.S. Embassy Colombo looks forward to receiving strong proposals in support of efforts to preserve Sri Lankan and Maldivian cultural heritage for future generations.