Current Programs and Grants

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

All organizations applying to receive Federal assistance must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) before the application is submitted, a CCR (NCAGE) number, and a letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator, and an active account with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) before an award can be made.

Please note that process of registration on the SAM.gov portal can take substantial amount of time, so we recommend starting the process as early as possible.

2018 Democracy Small Grants Program General Competition

The U.S. Embassy invites Ukrainian non-profit and non-governmental organizations to submit project proposals to the Democracy Small Grants Program. This program supports projects that foster the development and education of civil society in Ukraine. It is a focused yet flexible mechanism that provides seed money for unique and sustainable projects, particularly projects that help develop the capacity of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine. The selection of the projects is based on the applicants’ ability to demonstrate concrete achievements that can show impact in a given field or in a specific community. More than 1,000 projects from Ukrainian NGOs have received funding through the Democracy Grants Program since July 1996. There is no fixed application deadline; rather applications are accepted on an on-going basis. There is no fixed application deadline – this is an open-ended competition.

Major Program Requirements:

  • Grants can only be given to Ukrainian NGOs (non-profit and non-governmental organizations) registered in accordance with Ukrainian law.  NGOs include, but are not limited to, civic organizations or associations, charitable foundations, and think tanks.
  • NGOs and their members cannot represent or be affiliated with any political partyor with appointed or elected officials.
  • Although the maximum funding available for a single grant is $50,000 U.S. dollars (USD), we anticipate most awards will be in the range of $10,000 – $24,000 USD.
  • U.S. or other third-country organizations and individuals are not eligible to apply for grants.
  • General competition applications must be submitted both in English and in Ukrainian.
  • In addition to this general competition, the U.S. Embassy will, from time to time, hold special regional or thematic competitions, which may have different rules regarding project eligibility. Please check the U.S. Embassy website and social media sites for announcements.
  • Project dates cannot exceed one year.

General Competition Project Themes:

Project proposals must clearly promote one or more of the following themes:

  • Civil society development
  • Rule of law and legal reform
  • Transparency in government
  • Public education and advocacy
  • Conflict resolution and encouraging peaceful solutions to conflict
  • Human rights, including those for minorities, LGBTI, people with disabilities and women
  • Civic education
  • Electoral system support
  • Anti-trafficking (CTIP)

How to Apply:

To apply, please download, complete and send the application forms (in Ukrainian & English), copies of the registration documents of your organization, resumes of lead project implementers (with contact information and cellphone numbers), Form SF424 (in English and Ukrainian), and Form SF-424B.

For funding to be provided, all U.S. Government-supported organizations must obtain a DUNS numberand be registered with SAM system.

IMPORTANT:  Applications without ‘SUBMITTED” SAM registration will not be considered.

You are requested to submit the proposal with supporting documents only by e-mail to: KyivDemGrants@state.gov. Organizations may submit several project proposals, but only one can be funded. For allowable expenses, please refer to the section “Allowable Expenses” below.

If you have not received a confirmation of receipt of your application within 5 working days, please call the Grants Office of the US Embassy on 521-5625 or 521-5565 to inquire about the status of your application.

Contact Information:

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy
4 Igor Sikorsky Street
Kyiv 04112, Ukraine
Tel: (38-044) 521-5044
Fax: (38-044) 521-5575

Staff
Tetyana Podobinska-Shtyk, Expert, Democracy Commission
Sergey Reshetov, Expert, Democracy Commission

2018 Media Development Fund General Competition

The U.S. Embassy invites independent media outlets – including print, radio, TV, or electronic media to submit project proposals to the Media Development Fund. There is no fixed deadline – this is an open-ended competition.

The Media Development Fund grant program is administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The fund supports the development of free and independent media in Ukraine and provides financial grant support to Ukrainian journalists, media organizations and other non-governmental organizations for media-related projects.

Major Program Requirements:

The Media Development Fund welcomes proposals from independent Ukrainian media outlets- including print, radio, TV or electronic media. Ukrainian state or communal media and political party media outlets are not eligible to apply. Funding is also available to individual journalists and staff from all Ukrainian media outlets (organizations), private or state. Non-governmental organizations may seek funding if their proposals directly support the development of Ukrainian media.

The Fund does not support advertising newspapers; NGO informational leaflets; specialized publications covering narrow professional issues and projects aimed at partisan political purposes.

The maximum amount of a grant awarded for one project is $24,000. The actual amount of a grant awarded depends on the scope of activities and duration of projects, which range from one month to a year. The Media Development Fund encourages cost-sharing for organizations to seek additional funding from other sources.

General Competition Project Themes:

The Media Development Fund’s priorities are directed to:

  1. Bolster the quality of Ukrainian journalism education by:
    • Providing training to journalism students
    • Supporting students internships in the leading national and regional media outlets
    • Encouraging inter-regional student exchange
    • Opening and upgrading Radio and TV training studios at the schools of journalism
    • Supporting creation of educational manuals for journalism students
  2. Raise the professional standards of Ukrainian journalists by:
    • Training journalists new to the profession (one – three years on the job)
    • Awarding group and individual travel grants for journalists to attend conferences, seminars and participate in internships abroad
    • Encouraging projects in the areas of investigation journalism, analytical and news reporting.
  3. Provide a favorable environment for the development of Ukrainian media by:
    • Promoting freedom of expression and monitoring violations of journalists’ rights, especially on the regional level
    • Educating editors and staff of media outlets about laws and regulations that underscore free and transparent practice of journalism
    • Incorporating new technologies in the media environment, eg. using Internet as an information tool, which includes, developing or upgrading websites as part of a bigger project
  4. Encourage Media-NGO-Government cooperation by:
    • Supporting dialogue and open communication between media, NGO and government through holding joint seminars, working meetings and round-tables
    • Conducting training for the staff of government press agencies
    • Encouraging inter-regional media cooperation and partnerships

Competitions:

In addition to general competition, the Embassy holds thematic or regional competitions. Check this website and local media for announcements.

How to Apply:

To apply, please download, complete and send us the application forms (in Ukrainian & English). Please also include copies of registration documents of your organization, resumes of lead project implementers (with contact information and phone numbers), form SF424 (in English and Ukrainian.)

For funding to be provided, all U.S. Government-supported organizations must obtain a DUNS numberand be registered with SAM.gov. Once a DUNS number has been assigned, please register at https://www.sam.gov.  Only individuals and first-time grantees are exempted from being registered in SAM.gov.  Submit the request for registration prior to or shortly after your project has been submitted; registration may take up to four weeks.  When entering data in SAM.gov please make sure that all information, spelling and punctuation is the same as the what was provided for DUNS.  You will first obtain a NCAGE code, then your SAM.gov registration will be activated within next two weeks.

For allowable expenses, please, check here. You are requested to submit the proposal with supporting documents only by e-mail to: KyivMDF@state.gov.

Only one application per organization can be submitted and will be considered;  multiple applications will not be processed.

If you have not received a confirmation of receipt of your application within 5 working days, please call the Grants Office of the US Embassy on 521-5740 to inquire about the status of your application.

Contact Information:

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy
4 Igor Sikorsky Street
Kyiv 04112, Ukraine
Tel: (38-044) 521-5044
Fax: (38-044) 521-5575

Staff
Olha Zhyryachenkova, Expert, Media Development Fund
Oleh Pastukhov, Expert, Media Development Fund

 

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announces the 2017-2018 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program to support projects in education and culture. Subject to availability of funds, the Embassy will award small grants as described below to Ukrainian and U.S.-based non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Specific thematic priorities and program requirements are described in detail below. The project must be tailored towards Ukrainian audiences, and all project activities supported by the U.S. Embassy grant should take place in Ukraine.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announces the 2018 Book Translation Program. Subject to availability of funds, the Embassy will award small grants as described below to Ukrainian publishers seeking to translate American books from English into Ukrainian. The program seeks to further Ukraine’s efforts in the spheres of economic, social, and educational reform through book translations and publications.

This funding will support the translation of texts written by American authors and originally published by American publishers pertaining to the themes listed below. Translated books are distributed to universities and schools, libraries, government organizations and ministries, NGOs, the media, and other selected organizations. The main criteria for selecting books are their relevance, timeliness, and quality.

Applications will be accepted twice a year: April 1-30, 2018, and August 1-31, 2018.

The goal of the English Access Alumni Program in Kramatorsk and Sloviansk is to develop the youth leadership skills of students who have completed the two-year scholarship program. The program will equip talented alumni who possess a good knowledge of English with effective communication and critical thinking skills through meaningful interaction, cooperative learning strategies, and real-life contexts.  Additionally, the Access Alumni program seeks to prepare students with professional English language skills through a variety of experiential learning activities which relate to their personal and professional development. Selected participants must be bright, economically disadvantaged students who have completed the regular Access program.  Participants should commit to enroll in classes during the full ten month program. Students will graduate with certificates of completion from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

The proposals should be submitted to the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv electronically to KyivAccess@state.gov. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2018.

The course will assist NGO and civil society representatives to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as enrich their professional vocabulary in order to enhance their knowledge and increase the sustainability of their organisation.

A course book will be developed, including topics such as good governance and inclusion policy, which will form the basis for understanding the essentials of NGO and civil society organisations operating within Ukraine and in particular aiming for long term sustainability. The course book will serve as a tool for Ukrainian NGOs and civil society and be available free of charge online. The course material will be open source with the aim of global use for similar initiatives. A course book for teachers will also be developed.

The proposals should be submitted to the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv electronically to Kyivrelo@state.gov. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2018.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Kyiv is pleased to announce an open competition for program proposals through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). PAS invites U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations to submit media support and exchange program concept papers for supporting professional and financially viable media in Ukraine.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted on or before July 11, 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. will be ineligible for consideration. There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.