Grants Programs

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program [deadline: February 1, 2022]

The purpose of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is to award grants for specific projects that support democracy and the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Serbia. Grants will be primarily awarded to non-governmental (NGOs) and other non-profit organizations with projects in the regions outside of Belgrade. The maximum amount of a grant is $50,000, but smaller grants are preferred in order to support more projects. To be eligible for consideration, every applicant must be registered in the territory of the Republic of Serbia and engaged in, or propose to carry out, a project whose purpose is to further the development of democratic institutions in Serbia, especially in local municipalities. For more information please read Democracy Commission Small Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022

Alumni Small Grants Program [deadline: March 1, 2022]

The Alumni Small Grants Program, apportioned for alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs, is intended to promote alumni leadership and networking, as well as facilitate cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Belgrade in strategic fields for the future of Serbia: environmental awareness, strengthening the rule of law, promoting economic development, countering violent extremism and promotion of media literacy and critical thinking. The application period for this program is now open. For more information please read Alumni Small Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022.

Serbian-American Cooperation Grants Program [deadline: March 31, 2022]

Public Diplomacy Small Grants issued through the Serbian-American Cooperation Grants Program (SAC), for Fiscal Year or FY 2022, aim to strengthen ties between American and Serbian citizens as we work together to make progress toward our shared goals.  Toward that end, PDS 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.  If you are looking for ideas, this year we are particularly interested in applications that focus on: 1) Fighting Brain Drain; 2) Equal Opportunity for People with Disabilities; 3) Human Rights; 4) Serbian-American Ties; 5) Regional Cooperation / Finding Joint Solutions to Common Problems; and 6) Education. For more information please read Serbian-American Cooperation Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022

English Language Program Grants [deadline: April 1, 2022]

The English Language Small Grants Program is intended to improve job prospects for Serbia’s citizens, expand access to information and knowledge, and promote critical thinking and media literacy. Proposals should use English language to address problems or challenges faced by your community, such as brain drain, limited job opportunities, or the spread of disinformation.  Proposals may also utilize English as a bridge for increased communication and cooperation among neighbors within the Western Balkans, between citizens of Serbia and the United States, or between people from Serbia and EU member states.  The application period for this program is now open. For more information please read  English Language Small Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022.

University Partnership Program [deadline: April 15, 2022]

The U.S. Embassy works to assist the Serbian people to strengthen democracy, rule of law, and the protection of human rights; help fight brain drain and advance the country’s economic development; promote regional stability and cooperation; cooperate with international partners to combat crime, terrorism, human trafficking, and other global challenges; and make further progress towards Serbia’s accession into the European Union.  We also strive to explain U.S. policies, culture, society, and values to Serbian audiences and deepen ties between our two countries. University partnership proposals should support these goals while facilitating lasting connections between Serbian and American institutions of higher education. For more information please read University Partnership Program Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022

BOLD Grants Program [deadline: April 15, 2022]

The BOLD (Balkanski omladinski lideri, Young Balkan Leaders in English) network is a new project of PDS that seeks to develop the leadership capacity of young Serbians by empowering them to implement projects for positive change in their communities in two thematic areas: civic engagement and economic development.  It will launch in the fall of 2022 when anyone age 18-35 in Serbia will be able to join the BOLD network.  Members will have the opportunity to compete for three main types of competitive opportunities:  the BOLD Academic Fellowships Program, the BOLD Workshop Program, and the BOLD Small Grant Competition.  PDS is looking for partners to help inspire the next generation of Serbians through these programs:

  • The BOLD Academic Fellowships Program consists of two fellowships to take place in the United States for 5-6 weeks each, one on the theme of civic engagement and one on the theme of economic development.  Each fellowship should equip fellows, either individually or in groups, upon their return to Serbia, to design a civic or economic project to be implemented in their communities over the course of a year.  By the end of the fellowship, they should have a complete draft of a project proposal or business plan, which will be competitive for funding from the Embassy or other donors. Applicants may propose implementation of either one of the fellowships, OR implementation of two fellowships. For more information please read BOLD Academic Fellowships Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022.
  • The BOLD Workshop Program consists of two workshops to take place in Serbia for one week to 10 days each, one on the theme of civic engagement and one on the theme of economic development. Workshops should be scheduled in accordance with school/academic calendars.  Each workshop should equip participants, either individually or in groups, to design a civic or economic project to be implemented in their communities over the course of the following year.  By the end of the workshop, participants should complete a basic draft of their project designs in the form of a project proposal or business plan, which will be competitive for funding from the Embassy or other donors.  Applicants may propose implementation of either one of the workshops, OR implementation of two workshops. For more information please read  BOLD Workshop Program Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022.

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation [currently not receiving applications]

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. shows its respect for other cultures. We are currently not accepting applications for this program. For more information please visit this program page.

Program Support for Media Small Grants Competition [currently not receiving applications]

The grantee would receive the full amount of the award (through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Embassy) and would issue sub-grants in line with this year’s Program Themes.

Current and previous opportunities