Mission’s Public Affairs Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to Argentina is pleased to announce funding availability through the Mission’s Public Affairs Small Grants Program. This grants program supports projects proposed by Argentine individuals and educational and cultural non-profit institutions that seek to strengthen the bilateral ties between the United States and Argentina. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 U.S. dollars. The Public Affairs Section in Buenos Aires reserves the right to award less or more than the funds requested as it deems to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.

The U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires Public Affairs Section will accept proposals and review them in two cycles through the year: The closeout dates for each cycle are as follows:

1) December 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM local Argentine time.
2) May 31, 2021 at 5:00 PM local Argentine time.

Priority Funding Areas: The Grants Program seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina by awarding grants to Argentine non-profit organizations and individuals for projects that address the following priority areas:

Promote U.S. – Argentine Shared Values

  • Projects that promote U.S. culture, including music, history, sports, education, or the learning/teaching of English.
  • Activities, workshops, and speaker programs that strengthen U.S.-Argentine ties and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Argentina.
  • Projects that support educational exchange, the internationalization of higher education, and U.S. – Argentine partnership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) among Argentine youth. Priority will be given to projects that encourage social development and help reduce inequality, especially among marginalized populations

  Strengthen Prosperity

  • Projects that foster economic growth, an improved business climate, entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate social responsibility, and the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

Reinforce Democracy, Freedom and Transparency 

  • Programs that promote good governance, open data, and more transparent democratic institutions.
  • Projects that support human rights, racial/ethnic equality, gender equality, women’s empowerment, diversity and social inclusion as part of a strong civil society.
  • Programs related to freedom of the press that improve the quality of investigative journalism and transparency, and that help counter disinformation.

Grants cannot be used to fund religious activities, partisan political activities, fundraising campaigns; commercial projects or for-profit ventures, individual academic research projects, construction projects, or projects whose primary objective is an organization’s institutional development or an individual’s personal enrichment or career development.

NOTE: Once a project is approved, the administrative process to receive funds takes a minimum of two months. As such, proposals tied to a specific date or event, should take this timeline into account.

How to Apply

Proposals should be entered into this form in English (note that only proposals in English will be accepted) and submitted via email to US-ArgentinaGrants@state.gov. You will then receive an email confirming that we have received your application. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed with all the submissions received for that cycle (please see the list of cycles above). All applicants are generally contacted 4-6 weeks after the end of the cycle in which they submitted their proposal with information on whether or not it was selected. Due to the high volume of applications received, the Embassy cannot provide the reasons for its decision in the event that the project is not approved. Should you have any questions, please submit them to US-ArgentinaGrants@state.gov.

Application and Submission Information

  1. Grants Program Forms available here
  2. Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully.  Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

The following documents are required:

Mandatory application forms

  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance -individuals) at grants.gov.
  • SF424A(Budget Information for Non-Construction programs – only for organizations) at grants.gov.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include Argentine not-for-profit organizations registered in Argentina, including non-governmental organizations, individuals, educational/cultural institutions, and governmental organizations.

Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the following evaluation criteria: completeness, coherence, clarity, relevance to the priority themes listed above, the project’s link to the United States, and soundness of the project’s budget. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success.

Upon Selection of Your Proposal

If your project is selected, your organization will then need to obtain:

  • A DUNS number. The DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identifier that identifies an organization. It can be requested prior to learning about the selection. Please note that the Embassy cannot apply for a DUNS number on behalf of an organization. Note: Information on how to apply for a DUNS number can be found on the Dun & Bradstreet Individual recipients do not need a DUNS number.
  • An NCAGE code designation on the NSPA Website.
  • Once these two steps have been completed, the organization must also register in the System for Award Management.

Applicants cannot receive grants until these steps are complete.

Reporting Requirements:

Recipients of the Embassy’s cultural and educational grants are required to submit a Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and a Narrative Report (SF-PPR) within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award.

Some grants may also require quarterly reports. Grantees will be informed of their reporting responsibilities when the grant is awarded. Failure to comply with the reporting responsibilities may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until this obligation has been met.

Thank you for your interest in the Embassy’s Public Affairs Small Grants Program.