The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the US Embassy in Belgrade announces an open competition for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Serbian-American Cooperation Grant Program.
To submit your application please read the detailed instructions: Serbian-American Cooperation Grant Program Announcement of Funding Opportunities 2023. All required forms and documents are available for download on the grant programs page. Applications, inquiries and all other questions should be sent to [email protected] Deadline for applications April 1, 2023. Please check for information on other PAS funding opportunities here.
PDS welcomes proposals from non-governmental organizations, government institutions and individuals to administer creative, engaging projects that strengthen Serbian-US relations and explain US culture, society, values and policies to Serbian audiences. The Embassy is also working with the Serbian government, civil society, the business community, and other partners to promote economic development and combat brain drain; strengthening democracy, including by supporting civic participation, encouraging a free press and human rights, and promoting regional stability and regional cooperation.
Projects funded through this NOFO must have an American element. This could involve a connection or partnership between Serbian and American organizations or institutions; invite an American expert to participate, personally or virtually, in your project; host a program to share Serbian-American values, national interests, etc. to examine; or incorporate a US approach or method to address a challenge facing your community, institution or profession.
Grant activities may take the form of academic competitions, summer camps (focused on language study, sports, etc), cross-border exchanges, conferences, workshops, courses, curriculum development, exhibitions, hackathons or app development, online projects, mock tests or competitions mock courts, simulations and role-playing activities (eg, Model Congress, Model United Nations), film or theater festivals, performances, or other activities.
Projects should start no earlier than 1 July 2023 and no later than 1 July 2024. All activities and evaluation or assessment of the project should be completed within 12 months, but up to 18 months in exceptional circumstances. Activities should target an audience in Serbia. However, applicants may include participants or partners from the neighboring countries of the Western Balkans, if it supports the objectives of the project. (See “Participants and Audiences” below.)
Serbian-American Cooperation (SAC) grant proposals should be designed with a SMART logic model. Your activity should aim to: Sspecific, Measy, Acredible, Rrelated to the problem or challenge, and Tbutter based, which means you will meet them by a certain date.
According to the Executive Order on Promoting Racial and Community Equity under Conservation, proposals should demonstrate how the program promotes equity with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability. The proposal should also indicate how the program will engage with underserved communities and individuals from underserved communities. Proposals should demonstrate how the program’s goals and objectives, as well as the experience of participants, will be enhanced by addressing racial equity and underserved communities.
Grantees are expected to: publicize your activities, including through social media and/or traditional press outlets; and highlight US Embassy support, including our logo on project-related materials.
The Embassy is seeking applications that focus on the themes below. We have included ideas for what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.
- Combating Brain Drain: Through Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and/or Tourism Promotion.
- Leverage Serbia’s historical and cultural sites, including past beneficiaries of grants from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), and/or its natural treasures (e.g., parks, rivers, mountains, farmland , vineyard, etc.) to attract more tourists and promote local. economic development.
- To promote entrepreneurship, innovation, the study of STEM (science, technology, environment, and mathematics) subjects, and business development skills, including activities specifically aimed at women, youth, minorities, members of other disadvantaged groups, and/or underserved communities, particularly in smaller towns and rural areas.
- Protection of intellectual property rights to help entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists generate income through their ideas, innovations, inventions, and works.
- Practical, constructive and realistic strategies and approaches to help Serbian businesses and communities recover economically in the post-coronavirus period.
- Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs): Inclusion and Advocacy in Education, the Workforce, Civic Participation, and Social Interaction.
- Generating wider awareness and discussing the challenges facing the disabled community by publicizing the activities and successes of the disabled community in Serbia; showcase best practices of non-governmental organisations, government offices, schools, institutions and trade unions; or learn lessons from the US struggle to expand the rights of PWDs that can be adapted and applied in Serbia.
- Support better access for PWD to opportunities for education, employment, sports, civic participation, debates on public policy, culture, and other areas including teachers and schools that provide quality education for children with learning disabilities; and communities that minimize or remove physical barriers to PWDs and provide easier access for the deaf / hard of hearing and the blind / visually impaired.
- Human rights. PDS welcomes projects aimed at promoting women’s rights and equality for ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBTQI community, refugees and migrants, and other disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.
- Serbian-American ties. PDS welcomes projects that inform and educate audiences in Serbia about historical, cultural, scientific and people connections between our two countries.
- Emphasizing the cooperation and contribution of citizens from both countries in various sectors (economy, governance, security, health, science, education, culture, etc.), in the past or at present;
- Publicize joint efforts to tackle global problems such as climate change, disease, terrorism, human trafficking, international crime;
- Explain and foster debate about current US policies towards Serbia, the region and Europe;
- Explore the intersection of Serbian and American national interests;
- Examine the benefits of past and present cooperation and coordination with the United States and western institutions (including the EU), US assistance, and/or investments in Serbia; examine the impact of face-to-face contacts on our two countries, including through immigration and/or exchange programs;
- Emphasize our shared views and values, including our belief in democracy, our commitment to academic inquiry, etc.
- Regional Cooperation / Finding Joint Solutions to Common Problems.
- identify a joint approach to solving problems or challenges currently facing the Balkan region, eg, in education, environmental protection, combating brain drain, promoting tourism, crisis planning, protecting the rights of the person, etc.;
- expand and strengthen the ties of Serbian professional associations and civil society organizations with their counterparts in the Balkan region;
- To promote mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among the people of the Western Balkans;
- Support the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade, including projects focused on education, the environment, economy, etc.
- Education. To promote innovative or interactive teaching methods, student or project-based education, inside or outside the classroom, and/or the development of television, radio, online and video game educational programs, which focus on:
- civic education
- promote the active participation of citizens, including young people, in the process of democracy;
- broaden students’ understanding of central and local government structures, policy-making, representative government, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens in a democratic society;
- examine the role of non-governmental institutions, including the media, business, and civil society, in policy-making;
- to involve students in debates on matters of public interest;
- examine the role that Serbia does or can play in diplomacy, promoting regional and global stability, and/or fighting global problems, such as crime, terrorism, human trafficking, diseases, etc.
- combating anti-Semitism through Holocaust education.
- promote tolerance and understanding of individuals from different ethnic or religious backgrounds, who have a disability, the LGBTQI community, or some other disadvantaged or vulnerable population.
- promoting gender equality.
- ensure that children from disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, or from remote areas of the country, have equal educational opportunities.
- strengthen academic integrity and fight corruption in education.
- establish or strengthen ties between American and Serbian academic institutions, including faculty, staff, and/or students.
Please note that PDS generally will not fund cultural or athletic activities, including travel to Serbia by American performers and athletes, unless they serve one of the Program Themes. Information on other PDS funding opportunities, some of which are directly or indirectly linked to the Program Themes above, is listed at https://rs.usembassy.gov/grants-programs/.