Grants Corner

This page provides information for people and organizations interested in building partnerships with the U.S. Embassy through the federal assistance process.  This page is also intended for current grant recipients and it includes resources for post-award requirements.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SANTIAGO, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION

Notice of Funding OpportunityTitle:  U.S. Embassy Santiago PAS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-STG-FY21

Deadline for Applications: September 1, 2021.  Proposals will be accepted anytime prior to the deadline and reviewed by the Embassy’s grant review panel every 90 days. 

CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: $400,000

Maximum for Each Award: $50,000

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Santiago Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting proposals for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

COVID-19 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL POTENTIAL APPLICANTS:  In light of the restrictive travel and public gathering environments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy expects interested applicants to submit their proposal with a virtual option in response to this Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFO). The proposal may be based on “business as usual” environments, where international travel, large public gatherings, and other programming parameters are unaffected by public health constraints; however, it should include your ideas on how to execute the desired project goals in a manner that accounts for restrictions on public gatherings and travel, as well as public health concerns. We encourage creative ideas for remote/online content delivery, online/virtual promotional activities, and virtual participant/audience follow-up. You should submit two separate budgets as they may also reflect different costs you would project for these two operating environments.

Purpose of Small Grants: 

PAS Santiago invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and Chile through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include a U.S. cultural element, or connection with U.S. expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Speaking tours/public talks by U.S. experts or roundtable discussions by U.S. experts with counterparts in Chile;
  • Activities that foster long-term student and academic collaboration between U.S. and Chilean universities, technical schools, and community colleges;
  • Joint U.S.-Chile virtual or in-person conferences or meetings that promote U.S. expertise and best practices among Chilean audiences and institutions;
  • Activities focused on English promotion, such as conversation clubs, coding camps, academic writing programs, curricula development, and English for specific purposes programs;
  • Projects that showcase one or more U.S. models, best practices, or curricula;
  • Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas and/or use social media or virtual interaction to expand and amplify project impact.

Priority Program Areas:

The Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program will give preference to grant proposals that advance the following themes:

  • Academic Collaboration: Programs that promote internationalization and facilitate linkages between U.S. and Chilean higher education institutions;
  • Combating Disinformation, Enhancing Media Literacy, Supporting Excellence in Journalism: Programs that support investigative journalism, increase media literacy, and/or strengthen media and civil society organizations’ ability to counter disinformation;
  • Cultural Exchanges: Programs or activities that promote the exchange of culture between the United States and Chile with a special focus on engaging underserved audiences located outside of Santiago;
  • English language proficiency: Programs that support English language teaching and learning among public school and higher education students and young professionals, with an emphasis on improving English for Entrepreneurship and STEM fields;
  • Entrepreneurship: Programs that teach business skills to women and minorities using U.S. models, create new U.S.-Chile partnerships and opportunities for start-up companies, or support social impact investment;
  • Science and Technology Cooperation: Programs designed to enhance cooperation in climate/environment, astronomy, and STEM/STEAM programs, with a focus on promoting women’s participation in these fields;
  • Social inclusion: Programs that promote and safeguard equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities; and
  • Strengthening Democratic Institutions: Projects that help strengthen democratic processes, address transnational issues, and increase civic education and participation.

Participants and Audiences:

The Public Affairs Section will give consideration to the full range and diversity of U.S. and Chilean non-profit organizations. Government agencies and for-profit institutions, such as those registered as commercial and/or private businesses, are not eligible to receive funding.

Preference will be given to:

  • U.S. and Chilean individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and educational events, exchanges, and programs;
  • Proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project and/or outcomes.
  • Proposals that address gender parity among participants/target audiences and include engagement with underserved communities (including, but not limited to, immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities) and participants located in regions outside of Santiago.

Categories that are not eligible for funding under this NOFO:

    • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
    • Charitable or development activities;
    • Construction programs;
    • Programs that support specific religious activities;
    • Fundraising campaigns;
    • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
    • Scientific research;
    • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; Social welfare projects, acts of charity, or international development projects;
    • Investments that primarily benefit only one or a few businesses or individuals;
    • Scholarships for the study of English outside of specific Department of State programs;
    • Exchange programs with countries other than the U.S. and Chile;
    • Programs or exchanges focused on children under 16 years of age; and
    • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

Authorizing legislation, type, and year of funding:

Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt.

The source of funding is FY2021 Public Diplomacy Funding.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: 01 to 24 months.

Number of awards anticipated: 15awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000

Total available funding: $400,000

Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2021 Public Diplomacy Funding

Anticipated program start date:  March 2021.

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement.

Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that the U.S. Embassy is more actively involved in the grant implementation.

Examples of substantial involvement can include, but are not limited to:

  • Active participation or collaboration with the recipient in the implementation of the award;
  • Review and approval of one stage of work before another can begin;
  • Review and approval of substantive provisions of proposed subawards or contracts beyond existing Federal policy.
  • Approval of the recipient’s budget or plan of work prior to the award.

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 24 months or less.

PAS will consider applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

Eligible Applicants 

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Chile:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
  • Governmental institutions

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.  

  1. Cost Sharing or Matching 

Cost sharing is not required.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization for this specific funding opportunity for the period ending September 1, 2021. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a DUNS number or be registered in SAM.gov.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

This NOFO document and any amendments can be found at www.grants.gov and https://cl.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants-corner/. If you require special accommodation to access any information contained in this announcement, please contact GrantsChile@state.gov.

 Content and Form of Application Submission 

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will not be considered for an award.

All mandatory forms must be filled out and submitted through https://forms.gle/bDMxve3LN5BkLq119 before they can be reviewed for eligibility.

Content of Application

Applicants must ensure:

  • The proposal responses in the Project Narrative clearly address the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
  • All documents are in English.
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars.

Mandatory application forms:

We strongly recommend you download and complete all forms prior to beginning the submission process. The submission form requires all questions be answered and documentation uploaded in one setting. 

  • Proposal Submission checklist, checked and signed.
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals)  
  • SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
  • Budget Narrative: after filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use the template provided to detail each budget expense.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan– Applicants are encouraged to use the template on our Grants Corner
  • Project Narrative – Applicants are required to respond to each question outlining their project.

All the above mentioned documents must be uploaded in the online application questions here: https://forms.gle/bDMxve3LN5BkLq119

Required Registrations:

Please note the U.S. Embassy cannot assist applicants with registering. These organizations are independent of the Department of State. 

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.gov registration

The entire registration process can require up to five weeks for the registration to be validated and confirmed. Please begin the registration process immediately to ensure that you can be eligible to receive USG funds. 

Step 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet, if your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do;jsessionid=81407B1F03F2BDB123DD47D19158B75F. http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

NCAGE application: Application page here https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

For help from within the United States, call 1-888-227-2423

For help from outside the United States, call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

Submission Dates and Times 

The Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis every 90 days.

Successful applicants will typically receive a notice within 2 weeks of the corresponding deadline, or as funds become available.

The time required to finalize an award and disburse funds after a proposal is selected for funding ranges from one to two  months. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to apply four to six months before the start date of the proposed activity.

Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time before the closing date of September 1, 2021.  No proposals will be accepted after that date.

Funding Restrictions 

Award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages, construction, vehicle purchases, or property, etc.

Award funds cannot be used for past expenses incurred before the start of the award period.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

  1. Criteria 

Each application will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria outlined below. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project, and to determine the likelihood of its success.

Goals and objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. (10%)

Embassy priorities: Applicant has clearly stated how goals are related to and support U.S. Embassy Santiago’s priority areas or target audiences. (20%)

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline. (15%)

Organizational capacity and record on previous grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and PAS is confident of its ability to undertake the program, including a financial management system and a bank account. (10%)

Monitoring and evaluation plan: Applicant demonstrates how it plans to monitor and evaluate for measuring impact (results) of the proposed project. Results from monitoring and evaluation efforts should demonstrate to the Public Affairs Section that the applicant can use information (data) to show that its project is meeting program objectives and goals. We encourage applicants to use the M&E template located in the application package on the website. (10%)

Marketing and Media Plan: Applicant provides a detailed press and social media plan that outlines how the implementer will publicize the activities, goals, and U.S. support of the program. (10%)

Budget and narrative justification: The budget should be detailed and narrative justification be complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results.  The cost estimates are realistic. (15%)

Sustainability: The application clearly communicates the applicant’s strategy for ensuring that the project benefits will continue to be realized after the conclusion of the period of performance of the award. The applicant presents a feasible approach to sustainability. (10%)

  1. Review and Selection Process 

A technical review panel will review the proposal and based upon the criteria noted in Section E 1 above. A determination will be made regarding the program’s proposed area of activity and the Mission’s strategic goals, and those proposals that are the best fit will be given additional consideration.

If an applicant fails to adhere to the application instructions or eligibility requirements, the application will be considered technically ineligible, and the application will not be considered by the merit review panel for possible funding.

For any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity, if the Federal awarding agency anticipates that the total Federal share will be greater than the simplified acquisition threshold on any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity may include, over the period of performance (see §200.88 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants:

  1. That the Federal awarding agency, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313);
  2. That an applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM;
  3. That the Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.205 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

F. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

Federal Award Notices

The grant award or cooperative agreement will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant award document signed by the Grants Officer.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Issuance of this NOFO does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government, nor does it commit the U.S. government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received. 

Terms and Conditions: Before submitting an application, applicants should review all the terms and conditions and required certifications which will apply to this award, to ensure that they will be able to comply. These include: 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 600, Certifications and Assurances, and the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions, all of which are available at:  https://www.state.gov/about-us-office-of-the-procurement-executive/. Note the U.S Flag branding and marking requirements in the Standard Terms and Conditions.

Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.

G.  FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACTS

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact the Public Affairs Section at: GrantsChile.gov.

Note: PAS does not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the NOFO. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed. Questions may be directed to GrantsChile@state.gov and answers will be posted on the Grants Corner.

H.  OTHER INFORMATION 

Guidelines for Budget Justification

Personnel: Describe the wages, salaries, and benefits of temporary or permanent staff who will be working directly for the applicant on the program, and the percentage of their time that will be spent on the program.

Travel: Estimate the costs of travel and per diem for this program. If the program involves international travel, include a brief statement of justification for that travel.

Equipment: Describe any machinery, furniture, or other personal property that is required for the program, which has a useful life of more than one year (or a life longer than the duration of the program), and costs at least $5,000 per unit.

Supplies: List and describe all the items and materials, including any computer devices, that are needed for the program. If an item costs more than $5,000 per unit, then put it in the budget under Equipment.

Contractual: Describe goods and services that the applicant plans to acquire through a contract with a vendor.  Also describe any sub-awards to non-profit partners that will help carry out the program activities.

Other Direct Costs: Describe other costs directly associated with the program, which do not fit in the other categories. For example, shipping costs for materials and equipment or applicable taxes. All “Other” or “Miscellaneous” expenses must be itemized and explained.

Indirect Costs:  These are costs that cannot be linked directly to the program activities, such as overhead costs needed to help keep the organization operating.  If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, attach a copy of your latest NICRA. Organizations that have never had a NICRA may request indirect costs of 10% of the modified total direct costs as defined in 2 CFR 200.68.

Cost Sharing” refers to contributions from the organization or other entities other than the U.S. Embassy.  It also includes in-kind contributions such as volunteers’ time and donated venues.

Alcoholic Beverages:  Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-SANTIAGO-FY20

 

Funding Opportunity Title: Annual Program Statement – Public Diplomacy Programs with Chile

CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs

Contact: Embassy of the United States of America, Santiago, Chile

Email: grantschile@state.gov

  1. Funding Opportunity Description

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States (U.S. Embassy) in Chile is pleased to announce the availability of funding for public diplomacy programs with Chile. This initiative was developed to support projects proposed by U.S. and Chilean cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and/or individuals that fulfill U.S. Embassy goals and objectives, including promoting greater understanding of the United States and fostering academic, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Chile.’

The Public Affairs Section published NOFO FY2019 on March 5th, 2019, received 51 applications, and funded 17 awards for a total of $395,486.

The Public Affairs Section is particularly interested in projects that increase academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Chile, expand English language proficiency, foster entrepreneurship and innovation, encourage greater cooperation in science and technology, promote social inclusion of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups, and advance excellence in journalism. We are looking for proposals with outstanding cultural, educational, and exchange merit that involve geographically, demographically, and socio-economically diverse audiences in Chile. In deciding which projects to support, the Public Affairs Section will give consideration to the full range and diversity of U.S. and Chilean non-profit organizations. Government agencies and for-profit institutions, such as those registered as commercial and/or private businesses, are not eligible to receive funding.

Preference will be given to U.S. and Chilean individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and educational events and programs. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project and in-kind and/or in-cash financial commitments from other funding sources.

  • Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Prospective grantees will typically receive a decision within 90 days, or as funds become available.

The time required to finalize an award and disburse funds after a proposal is selected for funding ranges from 1 to 2 months.  Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to apply 4 to 6 months before the start date of the proposed activity.

Priority areas for project funding are:

  • Increasing academic exchanges between the United States and Chile (priority: higher education students and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative);
  • Increasing cultural exchanges between the United States and Chile (priority: reaching underserved audiences outside of Santiago);
  • Expanding English language proficiency (priority: reaching public schools, higher education students, and young professionals with an emphasis on improving conversational English and English for STEM fields);
  • Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation (priority: projects that multiply the number of women and minority small business owners, including social impact investment.
  • Fostering U.S.-Chile cooperation in science and technology (priority: renewable energy, women in STEM and regional initiatives)
  • Increased social inclusion (priority: equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities, as well as civic education);
  • Advancing excellence in journalism (priority: investigative journalism, media literacy/countering disinformation).

 Typical project activities include:

  • Speaking tours/public talks by U.S. experts or roundtable discussions by U.S. experts with counterparts in Chile;
  • Activities that foster long-term student and academic collaboration between U.S. and Chilean universities, technical schools, and community colleges;
  • Joint U.S.-Chile conferences or meetings that produce concrete advances or other results;
  • Activities focused on English promotion, such as conversation clubs, coding camps, academic writing programs, and English for specific purposes;
  • Projects that showcase one or more U.S. models, best practices, or curriculums;
  • Innovative uses of social media or virtual interaction to expand and amplify the impact;
  • Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas.

Activities that are not eligible for funding include,but are not limited to:

  • Social welfare projects, acts of charity, or international development projects;
  • Investments that primarily benefit only one or a few businesses or individuals;
  • Scholarships for the study of English outside of specific Department of State programs;
  • Scientific research that does not include exchange of U.S. and Chilean researchers or students;
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns;
  • Exchange programs with countries other than the U.S. and Chile;
  • Programs or exchanges focused on children under 16 years of age;
  • Political party activities; and,
  • Projects that support specific religious activities.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these free of charge registrations:

  • Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • Gov registration

A quick guide can be downloaded from the Grant Forms tab

Submission Dates and Times

The Public Affairs Section will accept and review proposals throughout the year and typically inform applicants of its decision within 90 days, or as funds become available.

Funding Restrictions

Award funds cannot be used for construction, vehicle purchases, property rental, etc.

Award funds cannot be used for past expenses (before grant period).  We recommend presenting proposals for projects up to  6 months prior to activity start date.

Alcoholic Beverages: Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

Federal Awarding Agency Contacts

All application related questions can be submitted by email to GrantsChile@state.gov

Note: We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the NOFO. Once an application has been submitted, Department of State officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.

Project and Budget Periods: Priority will be given to projects that are completed in one year or less. Proposals for project durations over one year also will be considered. In addition, the Public Affairs Section will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.

Eligibility Information

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: civil society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic and cultural institutions, and individuals.

For-profit businesses/institutions are not eligible to receive public diplomacy awards.

The Public Affairs Section encourages applicants to provide cost sharing from additional sources in support of this project. We also encourage projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and how the volunteers will be used.

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Funding Opportunity Title: TARGETED NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (NOFO) FOR EXCHANGE ALUMNI IN CHILE

CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy Programs

Contact: Embassy of the United States of America, Santiago, Chile

Maximum for Each Award: $25,000 USD

Minimum for Each Award: $5,000 USD

Deadline for Applications: August 2, 2020

Emailgrantschile@state.gov

Funding Opportunity Description

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Santiago is pleased to announce the availability of funding exclusively for U.S. Government Exchange ​Program Alumni from public diplomacy programs in Chile.  U.S. Government Exchange ​Program Alumni are participants of previous PAS exchanges or Access programs who are also members of at least one of the two alumni associations in Chile: “State Alumni Chile” and/or “Becarius for Impact”.  (Note: if you are not a part of these groups, please contact one of them to become a member in order to be eligible for funding.)

We encourage U.S. Government Exchange ​Program Alumni to submit projects that fulfill U.S. Embassy public diplomacy goals and objectives while addressing the needs that have arisen due to the current COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to, COVID-19 response assistance, economic empowerment, cooperation in science and technology, access to education, media literacy, and social inclusion.

The application submission period is July 2, 2020 to August 2, 2020.  The minimum amount of an Alumni NOFO grant is $5,000, and the maximum amount is $25,000.  We are looking for proposals with outstanding merit that involve geographically, demographically, and socio-economically diverse audiences in Chile.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Projects that clearly demonstrate U.S. Government Exchange ​Program Alumni leadership and community engagement
  • Alumni applying in teams
  • Projects implemented in regions or with vulnerable populations

Alumni may apply as individuals or through their organizations (if educational or non-profit) for projects that will support the specific areas below.  All project​s must comply with current and ongoing Chilean government restrictions in response to the sanitary crisis​ and must advance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Chile by including a clearly identified connection to U.S. models and/or best practices.

Priority areas for project funding are:

  • Support to Chile’s COVID-19 response: projects that can be rapidly implemented to respond to community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to assistance to first responders, public health campaigns/informational videos, teaching and training support, etc. These projects must have a strong public outreach component.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Projects that foster entrepreneurship during and after the COVID-19 global pandemic, improve the business climate, and corporate social responsibility. (Priority: projects that multiply the number of women and minority small business owners, including social impact investment.)
  • Civil Society and Social Inclusion: Projects that promote civil society by supporting human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women, diversity and social inclusion, community resilience, and that can improve the lives of at-risk populations, women, or marginalized communities during or after COVID-19. (Priority: equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities, as well as civic education);
  • Media Literacy: Projects that combat disinformation, by promoting press freedom that improves the quality of investigative journalism and transparency during or after COVID-19.
  • Fostering U.S.-Chile cooperation in science and technology (priority: renewable energy, women in STEM and regional initiatives) during or after COVID-19.
  • English and Education: Expanding English language proficiency (priority: reaching public schools, higher education students, and young professionals with an emphasis on improving conversational English and English for STEM fields) during and after COVID-19.

Typical project activities include:

  • Virtual events by U.S. experts or roundtable discussions by U.S. experts with counterparts in Chile;
  • Awareness campaigns or online courses
  • Activities focused on English promotion, such as conversation clubs, coding camps, academic writing programs, and English for specific purposes;
  • Projects that showcase one or more U.S. models, best practices, or curriculums;
  • Innovative uses of social media or virtual interaction to expand and amplify impact;
  • Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas.

Activities that are not eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Social welfare projects, acts of charity, or international development projects;
  • Investments that primarily benefit only one or a few businesses or individuals;
  • Scholarships for the study of English outside of specific Department of State programs;
  • Scientific research that does not include exchange of U.S. and Chilean researchers or students;
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns;
  • Exchange programs with countries other than the U.S. and Chile;
  • Programs or exchanges focused on children under 16 years of age;
  • Political party activities; and,
  • Projects that support specific religious activities.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these free of charge registrations:

  • Unique Identifier Number from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • Gov registration

(A quick guide can be downloaded from the Grant Forms tab)

Submission Dates and Times

The Public Affairs Section will accept and review proposals from July 2, 2020 to August 2, 2020 and typically inform applicants of its decision within 90 days, or as funds become available.

Funding Restrictions

  • Award funds cannot be used for construction, vehicle purchases, property rental, etc.
  • Award funds cannot be used for past expenses (before grant period). We recommend presenting proposals for projects up to 6 months prior to activity start date.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Please note that award funds cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

Federal Awarding Agency Contacts

All application related questions can be submitted by email to GrantsChile@state.gov

Note: We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the NOFO.  Once an application has been submitted, Department of State officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.

Project and Budget Periods: Priority will be given to projects that are completed in one year or less.  Proposals for project durations over one year also will be considered.  In addition, the Public Affairs Section will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.

Eligibility Information

This call for proposals is exclusive to U.S. Government Exchange ​Program Alumni of U.S. Embassy Santiago.  An alumnus is a person who has participated in an U.S. Department of State funded exchange program, a program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Chile. Examples include International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Young Leaders of the America’s Initiative (YLAI), National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), Fulbright, Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI), Access, and Youth Ambassadors. If you have any doubts as to whether you qualify as alumni, please contact the Public Affairs Section at: GonzalezDI@state.gov

Applicants must also be members of at least one of the two alumni associations in Chile: “Becarius for Impact” and/or “State Alumni Chile”.

The Public Affairs Section encourages applicants to provide cost sharing from additional sources in support of this project.  We also encourage projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and how the volunteers will be used.

HOW TO APPLY

Please follow all instructions below carefully.  Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible for consideration.

Please click on the following link to be directed to the application form:

https://forms.gle/tfXqutZeRWiGc1qGA

The application form consists of four sections:

  • Application information
  • Applicant’s information
  • Project information
  • Required documentation

All questions in sections 1-3 must be answered.  The application form does not allow for answers to go beyond the maximum character limit.

A PDF copy of the entire list of questions is included in the Grant Forms tab.

Section 4 is for applicants to upload the following required documents:

  • SF424 – Application for Federal Assistance for organizations or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals).
  • SF424A – Budget Information.
  • SAMs proof of active registration (not required for individuals).
  • Budget narrative (breakdown of the budget by category).
  • Gantt chart: this chart lists the tasks to be performed and time intervals.
  • Video pitch (one-minute max, all formats accepted, English or Spanish).

Content of Application

Please ensure that:

  • The proposal dates start at least 90 days after date of application submission (otherwise proposal will not be considered).

*The time required to finalize an award and disburse funds after a proposal is selected for funding ranges from 1 to 2 months; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply 4 to 6 months before the start date of the proposed activity.

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
  • All documents are in English (Note: application narrative in google doc and/or video can be in Spanish, but all subsequent official forms and documents must be in English).
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars.
  • The name of all attached documents includes the name of the form (e.g. “SF 424”).
  • All forms that require signature must be physically or electronically signed.

Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Fixed Amount Award or Cooperative Agreement.

Floor of Individual Award Amounts: USD $ 5,000

Maximum Amount of Individual Award Amounts: USD $ 25,000

The Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under such circumstances as it may deem to be in the best interest of the government of the United States.