The U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to announce a special small grants competition to provide support for projects which aim to promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and work towards ending corruption in the Czech Republic.
The Embassy solicits proposals with outstanding merit that support the U.S. Government’s goals of promoting openness, transparency, and accountability. Preference will be given to individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior programs. Grant proposals should range from $5,000 to $25,000.
The U.S. Embassy in Prague will consider grants with the following themes:
- Public awareness campaigns
- Engagement of civil society and civic activism
- Protecting whistleblowers
- Strengthening transparency in the public procurement process and in political party financing
- Regulation of lobbying activities
- Projects that support efforts to investigate and prosecute corruption
- Safeguarding the integrity of law enforcement institutions
Please note that Embassy grants cannot be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad (i.e. out of the Czech Republic); trade activities; fundraising campaigns; charitable activities; humanitarian aid; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development and operational costs of the organization; health care; or representational expenses (lunch, alcoholic beverages, flowers, etc.). The Embassy also cannot give grants to commercial or for-profit firms.
How to Apply for the Anti-Corruption Special Grant Competition
Proposals will be evaluated after the submission deadline.
The deadline for proposal submissions: May 26, 2017 (midnight)
We will confirm the receipt of your application within two work-days. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us via telephone 257 022 002 or e-mail email@example.com
The proposals should be submitted via email, include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines. Each applicant will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt within three working days. If applicants do not receive a confirmation email, the proposal was not received. In this event, applicants are invited to contact the Office of Public Affairs. Please do not send printed materials and grant applications by regular mail; the Embassy accepts applications only in an electronic form.
Grant proposals will not be considered until all information is received. Proposals must be in English. Please address questions regarding grant applications to GrantsPrague@state.gov. Please title your email, “Anti-Corruption Special Grant Competition.”
Failure to correctly fill out and submit the required information will result in the application being rejected. Failure to submit the application on time shall result in the application being rejected.
Grant Selection Process
A committee comprised of embassy staff will meet to evaluate the proposals. Successful applicants will receive official grant forms and detailed instructions for follow-on administrative procedures.
Please understand that this is a competitive process and that the Embassy usually receives a large number of outstanding proposals. Any awards will be contingent upon available funding and will be limited. Simply submitting a good proposal does not guarantee that the Embassy can fund the project.
Note: the U.S. government is presently operating under a Continuing Resolution and therefore the Embassy reserves the right to postpone awards pending the availability of appropriated funds.
Committee results will be announced on or before June 30, 2017.
The recipient must submit a Final Report within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award. The report must be in English.
Financial records, supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the Final Report.
Failure to comply with the reporting requirements may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until such time as this deficiency has been corrected.
These requirements apply for organizations whose projects will be selected for funding.
Organizations applying for assistance awards must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS number and register in SAM (System for Award Management) prior to being eligible to receive federal assistance funding.
Note: Awards to individuals are exempt from this requirement as are awards issued to foreign organizations for a one-time award (first time grantees) of less than $25,000.
To obtain a DUNS number, go to http://www.dnbczech.cz/Czech/default.htm
SAM registrations is available at www.sam.gov
Obtaining a DUNS number is free of charge as is the SAM registration. Any additional services offered during the registration process are not necessary and the applicant is under no obligation to sign up for them.
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