Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria offers funding opportunities for individuals and organizations operating in a variety of areas. For all eligibility requirements and mandatory application documents, please read the full text of the notice below:

Thank you for your interest in the Embassy’s small grants competition. We are no longer accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2022. Please check the website in October for our next Notice of Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2023.

The U.S. Embassy Sofia Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) 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 requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants: PDS Sofia invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to people ties between the United States and Bulgaria through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.


Notice of Funding Opportunity

Announcement Type:                Grant and/or Cooperative agreement
Funding Opportunity Title:       Global Engagement Center – Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0008867
Deadline for Applications:        Application must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on August 31, 2022 or December 31, 2022.
Assistance Listing Number:     19.040
Total Amount Available:            $500,000

Executive Summary:
The Global Engagement Center (GEC) at the Department of State (DoS), announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for its Annual Program Statement. The agreement awarded will use U.S. Fiscal Year 2022/23 Public Diplomacy Funds or Economic Support Funds.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/nongovernmental organizations, foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and commercial entities.

Applicants may submit one proposal per threat actor, per submission deadline. See section A2 for a list of threat actors.

Proposals which have been submitted to the GEC within the past 12 months will be considered ineligible.

Grants or cooperative agreements for up to $500,000 U.S. dollars (USD) in FY 2022/23 Public Diplomacy or Foreign Assistance Act will be awarded for work that will support the GEC’s overall mission to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and foreign non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts. The initial period of performance will be for up to 12 months. Funding authority rests under FY2022/23 Diplomatic and Consular Programs funds, as authorized by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act or Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

Contact Person:    The Global Engagement Center

For more details about the program and how to apply please visit: FY22 Annual Program Statement