Grant Opportunities

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in Macedonia

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in Macedonia

Deadline: 1-Jun-22

The U.S. Embassy Skopje Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through its Democracy Commission Small Grants Program.

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) in Skopje is soliciting proposals for grants from not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and independent media in North Macedonia that focus on one of the priority areas specified below.


Funding will be available for projects that address the priority areas below:
Rule of Law and Government Accountability – These projects should address improving the rule of law, judicial independence, good governance, and the fight against corruption. By addressing these issues, projects should contribute to a more robust citizen-responsive government with strong democratic institutions.
Citizen Participation – These projects should support the strengthening of democratic institutions in North Macedonia, including increasing the participation and representation of citizens from all different backgrounds in civic life.
Cybersecurity and Disinformation – These projects should promote cybersecurity, media literacy, and efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation.
Youth Development and Women Empowerment – These projects should prepare young people, and especially women, to start their businesses; combat youth emigration, and promote greater minority participation in North Macedonia’s economy. By addressing these issues, projects should contribute to an improved business climate and improved economic policies; promote private sector growth and entrepreneurship; attract foreign investors; and create jobs.
Environmental Protection – These projects should promote solutions to environmental issues through joint efforts by individuals (youth), community organizations, an association of citizens, and local governments.
Funding Information

The maximum amount for a Democracy Commission grant is $24,000.
Evaluation Criteria

The Democracy Commission will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:
Relevance of topic.
The clarity in goals, activities, and target group.
Please explain how you will measure success. What are the expected outcomes of your project?
Sensible budgeting.
Longer-term sustainability, where applicable.
The ability of the applying organization to successfully carry out the project aims.
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