Annual Program Statement For Fiscal Year 2020

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade is pleased to announce this call for proposals in support of projects and activities funded through Public Diplomacy Small Grants. Please carefully follow all the instructions in the “Annual Program Statement FY2020” document. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the August 30, 2020, however, please do not wait until end of August. Support for projects proposals is subject to the availability of funds. Please visit https://rs.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants-programs/ for information on other grant opportunities.

Program Objectives

The purpose of APS-funded projects is to strengthen ties between American and Serbian citizens as we work together to make progress toward the goals outlined below.

  • Grant projects can take any number of forms, including conferences, workshops, courses, public debates, role-playing exercises or simulations, TED Talks, summer camps, festivals, master classes, hackathons, online projects, etc.
  • In light of social distancing measures and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we welcome creative proposals that utilize video conferencing, distance learning tools, etc.
  • Projects should include an American element and/or connection with an American expert, organization, or institution. Activities might also highlight shared Serbian-American values, national interests, etc.
  • Activities should focus on audiences in Serbia, but we also suggest applicants consider putting together regionally-focused proposals that include participants or partners from neighboring nations.
  • If you are successful and secure funding and launch your project, you should publicize your activities through both social media and traditional press outlets.

Priority Areas

PAS welcomes ideas for creative, engaging projects aimed at Serbian audiences that address the Embassy’s main objectives.  The U.S. is striving to strengthen the Serbian-U.S. relationship and explain U.S. culture, society and values to Serbian audiences. We also want to lend assistance to the Serbian people through: promoting economic development; strengthening democracy; protecting human rights; advancing regional stability and cooperation; and making progress towards accession into the European Union.

 This year, PAS Belgrade in particular is seeking proposals focusing on the following areas.

  • Responding to COVID-19
  • Economic Resilience, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
  • Disability Issues
  • Serbian-American Connections
  • Confronting Global Challenges
  • Joining the EU
  • Regional Stability
  • Cultural Dialogue
  • Outreach Through Sports

Eligible Applicants

The following Serbian and American entities are eligible to apply:

  • not-for-profit organizations, including civil society organizations/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, libraries, museums or other cultural institutions, etc.
  • governmental institutions
  • individual citizens, assuming they have a demonstrated capacity to carry out the proposed activities laid out in the application.

Note:  A Serbian not-for-profit organization submitting an application must be registered in the territory of the Republic of Serbia with the Agencija za privredne registre (APR).

Funding Restrictions

You CANNOT apply for a grant from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade if your project:

  • involves partisan political activity
  • involves charitable giving or humanitarian aid
  • involves fundraising or raising money for charity
  • is commercial in nature, i.e., you are making money from this project

Application and Submission

Required application forms are available on the right hand side of this page. Please carefully follow all the instructions in the “Annual Program Statement FY2020” document. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be considered technically ineligible and will not be considered for funding. PAS will review submissions received at the end of each month and will make a decision on whether to fund within two weeks. If you have submitted a proposal and the review committee does not approve it on the first look, it may consider the application again the following month. There is no need to resubmit your application.

Applications must be submitted by email to the following address: BelgradePASGrants@state.gov.