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:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SOFIA, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:        Youth Academy for Civic Participation
Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-Sofia-FY22-02
Deadline for Applications:         August 1, 2022
Assistance Listing Number:     19.900 AEECA
Total Amount Available:            $200,000

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy in Sofia of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for
organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to foster the development of civil
society and public engagement in Bulgaria through the creation of a Youth Academy for Civic
Participation. Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Bulgaria

Program Objectives:
This project will encourage young people throughout Bulgaria, especially outside of Sofia and in
underserved communities, to understand the importance of civic participation, especially the
importance of exercising the right to vote and doing so in an informed manner. The primary goal
is to increase high-school-age Bulgarians’ interest in democracy through interactive workshops
on the right to vote, elections, and public participation tools. Through project activities, including
the simulation of elections at various high schools throughout Bulgaria and collaborations with
election observation organizations, the academy will help Bulgarian youth have a voice and
become actively involved in solving problems that directly affect them, including corruption,
freedom of speech, and minority rights. This project will also boost youth understanding of
“issue advocacy” – i.e. how citizens and civil society organizations engage communities and
government institutions at various levels (local, national, and international) to raise awareness of
problems and to identify and push for solutions. Target audiences include high school students
in traditionally underserved areas with large minority populations, and a geographic focus on
southern and northwestern Bulgaria.

Proposals must identify the project’s target audience; concrete and achievable goals and plans to
measure progress against these goals; a realistic action plan; and a reasonable cost estimate.
Embassy Sofia strongly supports cooperation between different stakeholders and encourages
partnerships with state and private institutions to implement the project and ensure its
sustainability.

Participants and Audiences:
Young people throughout Bulgaria, especially high-school students outside of Sofia and those
from traditionally underserved communities in southern and northwestern Bulgaria.

For more details about the program and how to apply please visit: Notice-of-Funding-Opportunity-AEECA-Youth-Academy-for-Civic-Participation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SOFIA, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:        Detect and Check Disinformation
Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-Sofia-FY22-03
Deadline for Applications:         August 1, 2022
Assistance Listing Number:     19.900 AEECA
Total Amount Available:            $150,000

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy in Sofia of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for
organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to foster the development of
independent media in Bulgaria through training for journalists and journalism students. Please
follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Bulgaria

Program Objectives:
The program will strengthen journalistic resilience to Russian disinformation and manipulation
in Bulgaria. The grantee would conduct training and seminars for journalists and journalism
students from around Bulgaria (with a special focus on those who are generally underserved by
such programs, but also including influential regional journalists from outside the capital) on
detection of and protection against Russian disinformation in the spheres of traditional and
online media. The objective of these trainings is to help journalists identify and fact-check the
flood of disinformation coming from Russian sources.
Proposals must identify the project’s target audience; concrete and achievable goals and plans to
measure progress against these goals; a realistic action plan; and a reasonable cost estimate.

Participants and Audiences:
Journalists and journalism students from around Bulgaria (with a special focus on those who are
generally underserved by such programs, but also including influential regional journalists from
outside the capital).

For more details about the program and how to apply please visit: Notice-of-Funding-Opportunity-AEECA-Detect-and-Check-Disinformation

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY SOFIA, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:         U.S. Embassy Sofia PDS Annual Program Statement
Funding Opportunity Number:   PAS-APS-FY22-01
Deadline for Applications:          September 1, 2022
CFDA Number:                              19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Total Amount Available:              $350,000.00
Maximum for Each Award:         $25,000.00

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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.

For more details about the program and how to apply please visit: Annual-Program-Statement-2022