Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal, Letter of Inquiry, Online Application
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: More than 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Equity, Grants, Loans, Other, Prize
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Other
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  2. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  3. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  4. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) About

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. It advises the President and conducts international relations. It is implementing the foreign policy of the United States, operating the nation’s diplomatic missions abroad, negotiating treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and representing the United States at the United Nations. Equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries, it was established in 1789 as the nation’s first executive department. It is led by the Secretary of State, a member of the Cabinet who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. DOS operates various Bureaus and Offices. Selected ones offer direct funding for organisations working in emerging and developing countries such as: (1) the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL); (2) the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); (3) the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM); or (4) the U.S. Embassies.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Agriculture & rural development
  • Children & youth
  • Climate change
  • Disability
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & natural resources
  • Food security
  • Governance
  • Health
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Peace & conflict resolution
  • Research, technology & innovation
  • Social inclusion
  • Water & sanitation
  • Women & gender

3) Focus Countries

The U.S. Department of State operates in various countries worldwide.

4) Application Procedure

Funding opportunities are published on the portal www.grants.gov or on the respective website of the above mentioned Bureaus directly. Application procedures differ for most calls but in general one can say that the process is quite complex, demanding pre-registration in their online systems, general information on the organisation (organisational structure, staff, finances, governance etc.) as well as detailed information on the proposed project. Their website has substantial information (i.e. training videos and manuals) on application procedures and it is recommended to study these well in advance. In case of queries, interested applicants can get in touch via e-mail or consult the FAQ section.

5) Contact

U.S. Department of State
Harry S. Truman Building
2201 C St NW
DC 20520

E: please use the online form


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