Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Embassy has limited funding to support projects and programs that strengthen ties between the United States and Croatia.

The U.S. Embassy advertises Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs), which detail priority themes and requirements for submitting a proposal. Please see below for more information on specific Grants or email zagrebpdgrants@state.gov.

SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

U.S. Embassy in Zagreb Public Affairs Section offers small grants for well-conceived and managed projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Croatia.  Eligible topics for projects are broadly defined to include democracy and human rights, security and defense issues, and economic and business development.   Successful proposals will strengthen understanding of the United States, including its society, culture, politics, and values, and support one or more priority themes listed below depending on the open call priorities:

  • Regional and Trans-Atlantic Cooperation
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Economic Reform, Promotion of Trade, Women in STEAM
  • International Security, Counter Terrorism, and Defense Issues
  • Energy Security and Diversification
  • Digitalization, Cyber Security, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Countering Corruption, Good Governance, Strengthening Rule of Law, and Transparency
  • Independent Media and Investigative Journalism
  • Human Rights (to include tolerance, respect for diversity, and support for historically marginalized communities.)
  • Youth Engagement, Volunteerism, and Active Citizenship
  • Environmental Preservation and Sustainability

Please note: We recognize that the requirement for all program proposals to include a significant American component may be challenging in some cases given current restrictions that preclude Americans from traveling to Croatia.  We encourage prospective grant partners to be creative about leveraging of virtual resources and capitalizing on local expertise.  Proposals which outline an alternative virtual component will be more competitive for the limited funding available.

What are we looking for in a proposal?

  • Programs that build and enhance relationships between Croatia and the United States through bilateral cooperation, highlight shared values, and promote mutual understanding.
  • Sustainable projects with strong merit and clearly defined goals and outcomes.
  • Projects that include acknowledgment of U.S. Embassy support and a plan to amplify our cooperation via traditional or digital media.

Mandatory application forms 

Project proposals must be written in English and must include the following mandatory forms:

**Please note:  Obtaining the DUNS number and registering in the SAM system can take up to one month.  We strongly encourage you to start this process as soon as possible, since we cannot review any projects that do not include DUNS numbers and completed SAM.gov registrations. There are no fees associated with registration or other steps in the application or grant management process. Organizations offering to facilitate applications for a fee are not endorsed by or affiliated with, the U.S. Government.

For a step by step procedure regarding the registration please see the “Important note for all applicants” section at the end of this page **

Application procedure

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Please follow the instructions carefully, fill out all forms required, and submit your application only when it is complete.  Budgets must be calculated in U.S. dollars.  Supporting documents may be in Croatian.  Cost-sharing and in-kind contributions must be documented in the grant proposal’s budget.

Review procedure

Complete applications which meet the criteria outlined in the open call will be considered for full or partial funding by the Embassy Small Grants Program Committee. Typically, grant awards range from $1,000 to $15,000. Please understand that we receive more good proposals than resources allow us to fund.  Therefore, conformity with general guidelines, criteria, and basic conditions does not guarantee funding.  As this is a competitive application process, in the interest of fairness and impartiality, the Embassy is unable to give personalized assistance or advice to individual applicants and/or applying organizations.  Decisions will generally be communicated within two months after the application deadline.  Any award is subject to the availability of funds.

ALUMNI GRANTS PROGRAM

U.S. Embassy in Zagreb Public Affairs Section welcomes proposals from alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs and Croatian citizens who have studied in U.S. high schools or universities.  Priority consideration will be given to alumni who:

  • Cooperate with other alumni to implement the grant
  • Share with a wider community the knowledge or skills gained in the exchange program or training

Inquiries about the alumni program can be addressed to ZagrebAlumniGrants@state.gov. No inquires will be accepted by phone, social media, or any other method.

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

Eligibility

  • Grants are awarded to alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored programs (such as Fulbright, Ron Brown, IVLP, Benjamin Franklin, JFDP, etc.) and Croatian citizens who have studied in U.S. high schools or universities
  • Funds should be received through a non-profit and non-governmental institution (usually grantee’s employer or associate: an NGO, an academic institution, school, etc., registered in Croatia).
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.
  • Organizations with active Grants are not eligible to apply.

What are we looking for in your proposal?

  • Projects that clearly define how the alumna/us will share their U.S. experience with a wider audience in Croatia.
  • Program components that help build and enhance relationships between Croatia and the United States.
  • Projects that benefit a wide group of people and have a plan to amplify the results among the public through digital or other means.
  • A plan to recognize support from the U.S. Embassy in program materials and advertising.
  • Projects that serve traditionally underserved populations.
  • Specific, realistic plans for follow-up activities and knowledge transfer to the wider public.

Financial guidelines

  • Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000;
  • Grants must be used to fund activities that take place in Croatia.
  • Budgets are submitted in US$. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged. Please indicate which costs you are asking the Embassy to cover. The committee will not review projects with budgets written in Croatian Kuna or other currencies.
  • Budgets must include line items clearly broken down (example: instead of “$400 for accommodation,” your budget should specify “X nights’ accommodation at $Y per night for Z number of U.S. speakers”);
  • Embassy grants cannot be used to fund religious organizations or political activity; humanitarian or charitable activities; trade activities; fundraising campaigns and commercial projects; laboratory research or individual travel outside of Croatia for consultations or conferences.
  • The Embassy reserves the right to offer partial funding for any project.
  • Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports.

Mandatory application forms 

Project proposals must be written in English and must include the following mandatory forms:

**Please note:  Obtaining the DUNS number and registering in the SAM system can take up to one month.  We strongly encourage you to start this process as soon as possible, since we cannot review any projects that do not include DUNS numbers and completed SAM.gov registrations. There are no fees associated with registration, or other steps in the application or grant management process. Organizations offering to facilitate applications for a fee are not endorsed by, or affiliated with, the U.S. Government. 

For a step by step procedure regarding the registration please see the “Important note for all applicants” section at the end of this page **

Review procedure

Complete applications which meet the criteria outlined in the open call will be considered for full or partial funding by the Embassy Alumni Grants Program Committee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Proposals must be in English, and budgets must be calculated in U.S. dollars. Supporting documents may be in Croatian. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee for the below review criteria:

  • Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea: The program idea is well developed, with detail about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.
  • Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants: The organization has expertise in its stated field and can manage a grant program.
  • Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives: Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and the program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.
  • Budget: The budget justification is detailed. Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal.
  • Sustainability: Program activities will continue to have a positive impact after the end of the program.

Please understand that we receive more good proposals than resources allow us to fund.  Therefore, conformity with general guidelines, criteria and basic conditions does not guarantee funding.  As this is a competitive application process, in the interest of fairness and impartiality, the Embassy is unable to give personalized assistance or advice to individual applicants and/or applying organizations.  Decisions will generally be communicated within two months after the application deadline.  Any award is subject to the availability of funds.

Important note for all applicants:

All applicant organizations must register for an NCAGE code and DUNS/ Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and then register with the System for Award Management (www.SAM.gov).  Use only U.S. characters (no diacritics) for all required registrations; your address, name, and contact details need to exactly match in all registrations and in SAM.gov.  Please be aware that SAM registration is free of charge and must be renewed annually online but it can take several weeks to finalize, so we strongly encourage all applicants to start the SAM.gov registration process immediately.

STEPS TO APPLY for required registrations:*

Step 1: Apply for the NCAGE number

  • Access the NCAGE application
  • Detailed instructions for the NCAGE application process are available here.
  • NCAGE has to be renewed every 5 years.
  • The NCAGE renewals need to be done before sam.gov can be renewed. In many cases, if the organization has an NCAGE code and gets an error saying something is wrong, it is because the number needs to be renewed. So it is in the grantees’ best interest to check if their numbers are active.
  • Make sure that only US characters (no diacritics) be used since address/name need to match in SAM.gov.

Step 2: Apply for a Unique entity identifier (UEI) from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number) DUNS number (this can be done simultaneously with the NCAGE registration)

*UEI/DUNS application: If your organization does not already have a DUNS number, you may obtain one here

Step 3: After receiving the NCAGE number, register your Entity at SAM.gov

  • Please note that merely obtaining a SAM.gov username and password does not complete the registration but only allows you to enter the database and register your organization.
  • SAM.gov registration must be renewed annually.
  • Please visit https://www.sam.gov for help with registration. The Embassy cannot provide support related to the SAM.gov registration process. 

*Important note: DUNS will be retired next April 2022. It will be replaced by UEI which will be assigned by sam.gov. UEIs are being given to organizations who register/renew this year.