Small Grants

The deadline for submitting applications for the next review is March 20, 2017.

The U.S. Embassy Riga’s Small Grants Program was initiated as a flexible mechanism to enable the U.S. Embassy to support initiatives that contribute to more open and competitive political and economic systems and the protection of human rights.  The Embassy adheres to U.S. Government rules and regulations pertaining to grants administration. Questions related to US Embassy Riga’s Small Grants Program may be referred to the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at us.embassy.riga@gmail.com or +371 6710 7109.

Applications must be submitted in English.

Program Summary

  1. The implementing office at the Embassy is the Public Affairs Office (PAO), which is under the authority of the Ambassador.
  2. The Ambassador may choose whether to review and approve grant requests.
  3. Grants are aimed primarily at Latvian NGOs. Grants are awarded on the basis of a determination of need by the PAO staff.
  4. Funds are disbursed by the Public Affairs Officer or other public diplomacy grants officer.

Proposal Guidelines

Eligibility:

  1. The Embassy may award grants to non-profit organizations and individuals.
  2. Third country organizations and individuals (non-Latvian and non-US) are not eligible for grants.
  3. Grants are normally made on a one-time basis. A repeat grant to a particular organization may be issued if post determines the activity advances a clearly defined priority objective.

Themes:

  1. Grants should support initiatives such as:
    • Promotion of civil society.
    • free flow of information (including support for independent media).
    • Transparency in government.
    • Public education and advocacy.
    • Association building.
    • Rule of law and legal reform.
    • Conflict resolution.
    • Human rights.
    • Civic education.
    • Environment.
    • Market economy.
    • Anti-trafficking and anti-corruption awareness campaigns and training.
    • Ethnic, minority, and women’s equality.
    • American art and culture.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 our inability to advocate for a specific lifestyle or the views of any specific organization.
  4. Grants cannot support any goals of religious nature.
  5. Proposed projects should target primarily Latvian audiences.

Allowable Budget Items:

  1. Grants should not provide for long-term infrastructure needs.
  2. Salaries, overhead, equipment, and other administrative expenses are allowable only as they relate to specific project activities. Salary or honoraria should be listed according to rate of pay and percentage of time spent on program-related activities.
  3. Small Grants Program cannot pay for travel of and services provided by third country individuals.
  4. Funds for representational events should not exceed 10% of the total project budget.
  5. No single grant may exceed USD 10,000. Regardless of amounts requested, the average awarded amount per project is USD 1,000-3,000.

Application Process

  1. Proposals may be submitted directly to Public Affairs Office by email at us.embassy.riga@gmail.com or by mail to the U.S. Embassy, Samnera Velsa 1, Riga, LV-1510.
  2. Review of grant proposals is carried out by Embassy Grants Committee. The purpose of the review is to ensure compliance with embassy priorities, program parameters, and to verify that budgets are accurate and allowable.
  3. Grant proposals do not need to follow any particular length or format but should include the following information:
    • Grantee Information.
    • Name of Grantee (organization or individual), address, contact information.
    • Director and key staff of Project and/or Organization.
    • Background of Grantee.
    • Project Title.
    • Project Description and Purpose.
    • Project Dates.
    • Amount Requested.
    • Budget Breakdown.
  4. Budgets may be calculated in U.S. dollars (total should be rounded to the nearest euro or dollar).
  5. For your convenience we have created a fill-able Short Application Form (PDF-108KB) that we recommend to download on your PC, fill in, and send to the above e-mail address as an attachment along with your more detailed budget spreadsheet.
  6. You should submit your application at least 3 months ahead of the commencement of your project.
  7. The Embassy will confirm the receipt of your application by e-mail.