Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Annual number of calls: Up to 10

Financial details

Donor size: Medium - up to $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants
Annual funding volume: Up to $5,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. America



1) About

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) Small Grants Program awards grants to U.S. and Nicaraguan individuals and non-governmental organisations with legal status to support innovative projects focused on community engagement that empower Nicaraguans through educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. There is no fee to apply. Submissions are accepted only during the application period of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (check the website for details). Also, Nicaraguan alumni of State Department exchange programs are eligible to compete for Alumni Engagement Funds (contact the Embassy for more information).

2) Thematic Interest

  • Promoting economic and business development through entrepreneurism, innovation and technology, especially among women
  • Enhancing youth employability
  • Development of a bilingual work force
  • Democracy, civic education, civil society and community engagement
  • Empowerment of women, youth and people with disabilities

3) Focus Countries

Funding is provided to projects implemented in Nicaragua.

4) Application Procedure

Interested parties should submit a written proposal along with the application documents (available on the website) in English. The PAS Small Grants Program will evaluate and score proposals according to the following criteria: (1) quality of the program plan (30 points); (2) ability to achieve program objectives (30 points); (3) project evaluation (20 points);  and (4) budget and narrative justification (20 points).  If the proposal is submitted in Spanish, an English translation should be provided. Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be issued in May and August every year. Small Grants are typically between $5,000 and $25,000 and the maximum amount is $100,000 per project.

5) Contact

U.S. Embassy to Nicaragua
Kilometer 5 1/2 (5.5) Carretera Sur

T: +505 2252 7100
F: +505 2252 7250
E: ManaguaIRC(a)state.gov

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