Current Programs and Grants

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 and sustainability of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine.  Selection of projects is based on applicants’ ability to demonstrate concrete achievements that can show impact in a given field or community.  More than 1,000 projects from Ukrainian NGOs have received funding through the Democracy Grants Program since July 1996.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing 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 party, or 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 in 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. Costs incurred before the official grant period begins will not be reimbursed.

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, confidence building and peacebuilding
  • 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 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: KyivDemGrants@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 521-5565 or 521-5625 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 Kyiv is pleased to announce a call for grant proposals from potential implementing partners for the 2018-2019 English Access Microscholarship Program (ACCESS).  The purpose of the Access program is to provide disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to learn the English language and enhance leadership through teaching the basics of American culture and values of democratic development and civic engagement.  The program benefits secondary school students from underprivileged families.  The Access program must provide two years of English study, consisting of at least 180 hours of instruction per year.

Please find the detailed information about the program requirements here.  Proposals should include both a narrative project description and a detailed budget breakdown in Microsoft Excel format.  Both narrative project and budget breakdown should be in English and completed in electronic form.

Please submit your applications no later than May 14, 2018 to KyivAccess@state.gov

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 U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is pleased to announce a call for proposals from potential implementing partners to support an English Language Resident at America House Kyiv. The purpose of the English Language Resident program is to develop and implement innovative programs that engage target audiences through English language learning and exposure to U.S. culture and society.

The recipient organization will be responsible for recruiting and selecting candidates for the English Language Resident position in close coordination with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. Key program activities under this cooperative agreement include arranging travel, housing, and other logistics to support the Resident in compliance with U.S. and Ukrainian laws. Decisions on program content and outreach activities will be made in close consultation with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by email on or before May 25, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. GMT+2. Applications submitted after that time will be ineligible for consideration. There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.