Democracy Grants

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.

  • 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 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.

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)


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), Form SF424A (in English and Ukrainian) and Form SF-424B. To be eligible for the funding, applicants must obtain DUNS, NCAGE numbers and register in SAM.GOV. Please send all the documents to .

D-U-N-S number is a unique nine-digit identification number has been assigned to over 100 million businesses worldwide. This number remains with the company location to which it has been assigned even if it closes or goes out-of-business. DUNS number is requested for funding by over 50 international commercial and nonprofit institutions, including the UN, Federal Government, and European Commission. If your organization has already received funding from the State Department and possesses DUNS number, but you did not activate it for the last 6 months, please make sure it is still active. As soon as you receive DUNS number or activate the old one, please start the registration in SAM system right away.

There are two ways to obtain DUNS number:

1. Receive DUNS with the help of “Avesta–Ukraine” (official representative of Dun & Bradstreet in Ukraine.

Contacts of “Avesta–Ukraine”
22 Paladina Avenue, Office 212, Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine
Tel.: 8 (044)499-0099, 8(044) 499-0097
Fax: 8 (044) 499 0098

2. Register on-line

Be aware that DUNS number is issued for free!


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

Ukrainian entities registering in SAM must NOT submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator!

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

Dun &Bradstreet DUNS – A DUNS number may be acquired at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or requesting on-line at

The DUNS number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. All organizations applying for U.S. government grant funds must have a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select the country where your organization is physically located. Complete and submit the form. Organizations will need to provide basic information, including physical and mailing addresses, name and title of the chief executive, primary Standard Industrial Code (SIC), and annual revenue. Typically, organizations can complete this process in one day and have a DUNS number emailed to them. For technical difficulties in obtaining this number, please contact D&B at:

System for Award Management (SAM) – SAM is a U.S.-government wide registry of vendors doing business with the U.S. federal government and requires annual renewal. The system centralizes information about grant applicants/recipients, and provides a central location for grant applicants/recipients to change organizational information. More information about and useful guides for setting-up a new account, updating an existing account, or renewing an expired account can be found at:

Foreign-based applicants are strongly encouraged to review these guides when creating an account with Further, applicants must maintain an active account, with current information, while its application is under consideration for funding. To keep an active account, Applicants must renew it at least once each year. If an account expires, the Organization cannot submit a grant application until it is renewed.

Only individuals who are authorized to represent a particular entity, or individuals representing themselves as an entity, may register an entity in SAM. Accessing or using SAM, or information contained therein, for any unauthorized or illegal purposes, may have civil and criminal penalties, and may negatively impact the status of the SAM registration maintained for the entity.

Instructions to Entity

  1. International Entity, No U.S. Banking Information. Use this template to formally appoint an Entity Administrator for a single international entity only if your entity does not use banking information from a U.S. financial institution in your SAM entity registration.
  1. Complete the template. Fill in the blanks. Enter the highlighted information on the next two pages. Do not include this instruction page in your letter.
  1. Print the letter on your entity’s letterhead. If you don’t have letterhead, enter your entity’s legal business name and physical address at the top of the letter before printing.
  1. Sign the completed letter. Make sure the person who signs the letter is someone with signatory authority, i.e. who can make commitments on behalf of the entity like an executive, officer, partner, or other authorized representative.
  1. Scan the completed, signed letter. Submit a copy to the Federal Service Desk by creating a service ticket at and attaching the scanned letter. Your registration can be conditionally activated for 45 days if you have an approved, scanned copy of the letter on file.
  1. Mail the completed, signed letter. It must be received at the address below within 45 days of activation or your registration will be expired.

LONDON, KY 40741-7285


[Insert Date]

LONDON, KY 40741-7285

SUBJECT: Information Required to Activate SAM Entity Registration

Purpose of Letter

The purpose of this letter is to formally appoint an Entity Administrator for each named Entity and to attest to the accuracy of the information contained in the entity registration.

Designation of Entity Administrator

I, [Insert Name and Title of Signatory], the below signed individual, hereby confirm that the appointed Entity Administrator is an authorized officer, agent, or representative of the Entity. This letter authorizes the appointed Entity Administrator to manage the Entity’s registration record, its associated users, and their roles to the Entity, in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Entity Covered by this Letter

DUNS® Number:______________________________________

Legal Business Name:________________________________

Physical Address:____________________________________

Entity Administrator Contact Information

Full Name:________________________________________

Phone Number:____________________________________

Email Address:____________________________________

*The Entity Administrator must have an individual user account in SAM associated with the email address listed.

Account Administration Preference (ONLY CHOOSE ONE)

You must choose ONE of the two following statements by checking the applicable box.

Remember, there is no cost to register in SAM — it is free. However, if you choose to have a third-party agent administer your SAM registration, with or without an associated fee, you must check the Third-Party Agent Designation box below.

Self-Administration Confirmation

For the purpose of registering with the United States Government through the online System for Award Management (SAM), I do not authorize any third party to act on behalf of the Entity listed above. I have checked the Self-Administration Confirmation box to indicate that the designated Entity Administrator is not a third-party agent.

Third-Party Agent Designation

For the purpose of registering with the United States Government through the online System for Award Management (SAM), I do hereby authorize [insert full name, phone number, address, and email address of the Third-Party Agent] (Designated Third-Party Agent) to act on behalf of the Entity listed above. This authorization permits the Designated Third-Party Agent to conduct all normal, common business functions within SAM while binding the signatory to all actions conducted and representations made as a result of authorization granted herein. I have checked the Third-Party Agent Designation box and completed the above information to indicate that the designated Entity Administrator is a third-party agent.


I, the below-signed, attest to the following:

  • All information contained in this letter is complete and accurate.
  • The designated Entity Administrator listed above has an individual SAM User Accounts created with the email address provided in this letter.


[Insert Full Name of Signatory]

[Insert Title of Signatory, e.g. Director of Contracting, Managing Partner, Vice President for Research, etc.]

[Insert Email of Signatory]

[Insert Entity Legal Business Name]

[Insert Entity Physical Address]

To create a new account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select Create User Account, and then select Create an Account on the left-hand side of the screen under Individual Account Details. Organizations must have DUNS number and a CAGE number (US Domestic Organizations) or a NCAGE number (Foreign Organizations), to create an account.
  1. Complete and submit the online form. If the applying organization already has the necessary information on hand (see the SAM User Guide), the online form takes approximately one hour to complete, depending upon the size and complexity of the applying entity. Because of the different steps in the process, it can take anywhere from three to fourteen days to complete the process of creating an account with the system. For help with, please visit their support page at: or contact them at: (+1) 334-206-7828.

Resources relevant to users registering an entity located outside the U.S. and its outlying areas in SAM.

  • Quick Start Guide for International Registrations (PDF 90 KB)
  • CAGE Code Search – The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) portal to search for domestic and foreign entity CAGE Code information.
  • DUNS Number Request – The web form where Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides a DUNS Number, a unique nine-digit identification number, for each physical location of your business. DUNS Number assignment and maintenance is free for all entities required to register with the U.S. government for contracts or grants.
  • NCAGE Code Request – The online portal for international entities to request a new NATO CAGE (NCAGE) Code or submit updates to an existing NCAGE Code record.

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.  The program covers costs directly related to the project activities and encourages organizations to provide in-kind contributions and/or other donors’ funding to the projects.

Activities that may not be funded:

  1. Social welfare projects, including direct social services and consultations
  2. Organizational start-up costs
  3. Office rent and utilities
  4. Ongoing operating costs or capital improvements
  5. Buying furniture and office decorations
  6. Buying vehicles
  7. Setting up a center unless part of a broader project
  8. Projects that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to electoral campaigns
  9. Academic or analytical research (if not part of a larger project)
  10. Books writing and publishing
  11. Scholarships
  12. International travel
  13. Covering costs of international participants/guest speakers
  14. Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries
  15. One-of-a kind events such as conferences and round tables (if not part of a larger project)
  16. Medical and psychological research and clinical studies
  17. Provision of health care services
  18. Projects of a commercial nature
  19. Cultural presentations, cultural research, cultural clubs, and festivals etc.
  20. Language training courses, summer camps, language schools
  21. Entertainment costs (receptions, social activities, ceremonies, alcoholic beverages, cocktail parties, guided tours).