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U.S. Embassy: Small Grants Program in Latvia

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 12, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on October 30, 2021
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The U.S. Embassy Riga’s Small Grants Program enables the U.S. Embassy to support initiatives that contribute to more open and competitive political and economic systems and the protection of human rights.

Grants may not be used for partisan political activity. However, public education, get-out-the-vote, election monitoring and other non-partisan election activities may be supported.

Grants may be used to promote non-discrimination and tolerance for disadvantaged minorities, but should not be used to promote the particular agenda of a specific group, practice, or lifestyle over any other.

Close attention should be given to applications addressing tolerance and human rights (focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation), volunteerism, and trafficking in persons.

Before awarding any grant related to these issues, Embassy staff must brief grantees on the distinction between support for human rights and the inability to advocate for a specific lifestyle or the views of any specific organization.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Non-profit organizations and individuals.
2. Third country organizations and individuals (non-Latvian and non-US) are not eligible for grants.
3. Grants are made on a one-time basis per US fiscal year (October to September).
4. Proposed projects should:
a) target primarily Latvian audiences;
b) include a strong link to the United Stated or promote U.S. – Latvian cooperation.

The average awarded amount per project is $ 1,000-3,000 USD.

a) cannot support any goals of religious nature;
b) cannot support the creation of any media content or support journalist salaries;
c) cannot be used to buy equipment (cameras, microphones, computers etc.);
d) should not provide for long-term infrastructure needs.

The grants proposals submitted by October 31, 2021 will be reviewed in November.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 12
Oct 12

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thanks, Ana.