U.S. Embassy Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy Oslo supports a variety of projects through our ongoing “Small Grants Program,” as well as additional grant opportunities. Please see information below for information on applying and deadlines.

Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section manages the U.S. Embassy in Oslo’s grants program that is designed to assist non-profit and educational organizations to implement programs for Norwegian audiences that promote the U.S. – Norway relationship.

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo invites grant proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year, especially in the following areas:

  • Addressing global security challenges, such as preventing radicalization, countering terrorism and cyber threats, and strengthening NATO
  • Promoting a diverse, equal and inclusive society
  • Fostering cooperation and sustainable development in the Arctic

The most competitive proposals will include a strong U.S. component to your project, for example if you are bringing a U.S. speaker or expert to Norway, collaborating with a U.S. counterpart, or have a project that promotes U.S. culture, values, and foreign policy.

In addition, we welcome grant proposals that include the following:

  • Collaboration across borders (for example speaker tours involving other Nordic countries)
  • Cost sharing and partnerships with other organizations
  • Projects outside of Oslo
  • Projects from alumni of State Department exchange programs
  • Projects that reach out to youth and diverse populations

Guidelines

Please follow the guidelines in the proposal template (DOC 19 KB). Submissions and questions concerning the grants program should be emailed to oslogrants@state.gov. We request that you submit your proposal no later than two months ahead of the projected start date of your project.

 

Additional Grant Opportunities (4 available):

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity – “America: Watch the Facts!” U.S. Governance Videos

Agency Name: U.S. Mission to Norway
Description:

I.                Notice of Funding Opportunity –(NOFO) “America: Watch the Facts!” U.S. Governance Videos

The U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section in Oslo is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section V from legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations and institutions that meet U.S. and Norwegian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at https://no.usembassy.gov/.

II. Federal Award Information
Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Governance Videos

Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $25, 000 and should not exceed $35,000

Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-OSLO-PAS-NOFO-FY20-2

CFDA Number: 19.040

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement

III.             Background

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo wants to raise awareness among young Norwegians on U.S. governance and political systems.  Through this project, the embassy wants to create a YouTube show called “America: Watch the Facts!” for the Norwegian public targeting youth age 15-21. The aim of this project is to increase knowledge and understanding of the American system of governance and politics during the 2020 election cycle among Norwegian youth, including the functions of three branches of government, U.S. elections procedures, and related topics and history.

IV.            Program Goals

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  1.       Strengthen the understanding of U.S. system of governance, through innovative, episodic digital content for the target demographic (youth in Norway age 15-21).
  2.       Use short video formats as a means of reaching youth with engaging and innovative content that is both appropriate and entertaining.

V.              Program Description and Requirements

The U.S. Embassy is seeking proposals to develop content for either production or subcontracted production of a series of 15-25 episodes of short-form innovative video content with a playtime of 2-5 minutes each for online publication. The content should appeal to youth in Norway between the ages of 15 and 21, with the goal of the project being to increase knowledge and understanding of the American system of governance and politics among this target audience.  While the proposal should be in English, the final video content should be in the Norwegian language.

Successful proposals will need to include the following elements in their project submission on official letterhead:

a)          Background of implementing organization, including key leaders and any proposed additional partners;

b)          An overview of the proposed content relating to U.S. governance for each of the videos, including format;

c)          Logline, one-sheet, series bible;

d)          Pilot script for the first installment;

e)          Samples of content previously produced or subcontracted for production by the grant applicant;

f)          Letters of support from partner organizations, if applicable;

g)          Budget;

h)          Timeline of project milestones;

i)          Project narrative – planned activities;

j)          Strategy for distribution of content to target audience;

k)          Monitoring and evaluation plan;

l)          A final report upon project completion;

m)          Organization contact information;

n)          Successful applicant(s) will be required to register in the U.S. Government’s “System for Award Management” database, or SAM: www.sam.gov. Applicants should note if they are already registered in SAM.

VI.             Application Procedures and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted via email no later than September 27, 2019 to OsloIRC@State.gov with “NOFO Proposal: America: Watch the Facts!” in the subject line. Questions should be directed to the same email address.

Grantor Contact Information:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Oslo, Public Affairs Office

 

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity – Expanding Media Literacy

Agency Name: U.S. Mission to Norway
Description:

I.                Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Expanding Media Literacy

The U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section in Oslo is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section V from legally recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations and institutions that meet U.S. and Norwegian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at https://no.usembassy.gov/.

II.               Federal Award Information

Funding Opportunity Title: Expanding Media Literacy

Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $15,000 and should not exceed $24,000.

Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-OSLO-PAS-NOFO-FY20-4

CFDA Number: 19.040

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement

III.             Background

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo would like to increase media literacy in Norway.  A 2017 study by the Norwegian Media Authority (NMA) showed that nearly 40% of Norwegian audiences struggle to detect false news. The U.S. Embassy seeks to partner with a Norwegian organization to co-host a regional seminar on media literacy in Nordic countries for journalists and government public affairs representatives, and related professional, to include a session open to the public.  This project also aims to create a set of online media literacy tools that will lead to audiences in Norway being able to more easily differentiate between fact-based information and information that is of poor quality and/or intended to cause harm to democratic processes.

IV.             Program Goals 

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Co-host a regional seminar in the spring of 2020 on media literacy for journalists and government public affairs professionals with a public component.
  2. Create a set of online tools on media literacy to enable Norwegian audiences to better differentiate between fact-based information and disinformation, and to identify malign influence.
  3. Increase coordination between U.S. and Norwegian institutions on issues related to malign influence and actions taken by government and non-government organizations in an effort to cause divisions in democratic societies.

V.              Program Description and Requirements

The U.S. Embassy Oslo is accepting proposals for organizing and co-hosting a regional seminar on media literacy in spring 2020 with a target audience of journalists, media advisors, and government public affairs professionals. The program should work towards increased coordination between U.S. and Norwegian government institutions around issues related to malign influence, including actions than can be taken by government and non-government organizations in an effort to cause divisions in democratic societies.

Amongst the desired results is a seminar for field professionals as listed above; a toolkit on media literacy that provides tools to easily differentiate between fact-based information and sources of malign influence; and a seminar session that is open to the public.

Successful proposals will need to include the following elements in their project submission on official letterhead:

a)          Project narrative including timeline of planned activities and project milestones;

b)          Background of implementing organization, including key leaders and any proposed additional Norwegian and/or regional partners;

c)          Outline of seminar scope, proposed speakers, and participant groups;

d)          Description of online tool set for countering malign influence/disinformation;

e)          List of possible follow-on activities for future coordination between U.S. and Norwegian institutions;

f)          Strategy for distribution of tool kit to target audience(s), including promotion and marketing plan;

g)          Budget;

h)          Expected outcomes, including a monitoring and evaluation plan;

i)          A final report upon project completion;

j)          Samples previous related work executed by the grant applicant;

k)          Organization contact information;

l)          Successful applicant(s) will be required to register in the U.S. Government’s “System for Award Management” database, or SAM: www.sam.gov. Applicants should note if they are already registered in SAM.

VI.             Application Procedures and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted via email no later than September 27, 2019 to OsloIRC@State.gov with “NOFO Proposal: Expanding Media Literacy” in the subject line.  Questions should be directed to the same email address.

Grantor Contact Information:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Oslo, Public Affairs Office

 

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity – Arctic Youth Entrepreneurship

Agency Name: U.S. Mission to Norway
Description: I.      Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Arctic Youth Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section in Oslo (PAS Oslo) is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section II from legally-recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations that meet U.S. and Norwegian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified by Section II below. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at  https://no.usembassy.gov/.II.II.      Federal Award Information
Funding Opportunity Title: Arctic Youth EntrepreneurshipAward amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $15,000 and should not exceed $24,000.Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-OSLO-PAS-NOFO-FY20-3CFDA Number: 19.040Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement.

III.      Background
The Arctic region is experiencing a period of unprecedented change that is increasing interest in economic opportunities in the region.  The United States is committed to continuing its engagement in the Arctic through diplomatic outreach, engagement, and cooperation so as to ensure a peaceful, stable, and economically prosperous region.  To this end, the United States is interested in supporting activities and efforts that promote sustainable economic development.  The U.S. Embassy Oslo is currently seeking proposals for projects that increase the capacity of Arctic communities in the United States and Norway to address challenges common to both countries, contribute to greater prosperity in the region, and increase access to entrepreneurship and related educational opportunities for those who live there, particularly indigenous peoples and youth.

IV.   Program Goal
The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Promote greater access to entrepreneurship and related educational opportunities for young professionals who live in the Arctic regions of the United States and Norway.
  2. Build the capacity of Arctic communities in the United States and Norway to address shared challenges related to youth entrepreneurship and education.

V.     Program Description and Requirements
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Oslo seeks proposals for a project aimed at increasing prosperity in the Arctic through youth entrepreneurship.  The project should address realistic challenges that affect local communities, especially youth, in both countries with regard to entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.  Proposed programming could include knowledge exchange between young Arctic professionals in Norway and the United States.

The grant recipient should have experience managing projects related to technical, economic, youth, and/or social challenges in the Arctic region.  PAS Oslo will coordinate with the grantee on final arrangements, including geographical location, participants, and related matters.  The grantee will be responsible for managing all logistical elements of the program.

Successful proposals will need to include the following elements in their project submission on official letterhead:

a)          An overview of the proposed project;

b)          Background of organization, including key project leaders;

c)          Implementation strategy, including planned activities, timeline, target audience, and any proposed additional partners;

d)          Budget;

e)          Description of how proposed project meets the Program Goal;

f)          Suggested amplification activities, including traditional and social media;

g)          Expected outcomes, including any potential follow-on activities;

h)          Monitoring and evaluation plan;

i)          Samples of previous related work executed successfully by the grant applicant;

j)          A final report upon project completion;

k)          Organization contact information;

l)          Successful applicant(s) will be required to register in the U.S. Government’s “System for Award Management” database, or SAM: www.sam.gov. Applicants should note if they are already registered in SAM.

VI.             Application Procedures and Deadline
Proposals should be submitted via email no later than September 27, 2019 to OsloIRC@State.gov with “NOFO Proposal: Arctic Youth Entrepreneurship” in the subject line.

Questions should be directed to the same email address.

Grantor Contact Information:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Oslo, Public Affairs Office

 

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity – Regional Model NATO Conference

Agency Name: U.S. Mission to Norway
Description:

I.      Description: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Model NATO

The U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section in Oslo is soliciting proposals for a grant/cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section V from legally-recognized non-profit, non-governmental organizations and institutions that meet U.S. and Norwegian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at https://no.usembassy.gov

 

II.               Federal Award Information

Funding Opportunity Title: Model NATO

Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 and should not exceed $45,000.

Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-OSLO-PAS-NOFO-FY20-1

CFDA Number: 19.040

Funding Instrument Type: Grant or Cooperative Agreement

 

III.      Background

U.S. Embassy Oslo wants to increase young Norwegians’ understanding of the importance of the transatlantic alliance, especially NATO organizational operations and security policy and the way in which it enhances regional security and stability for Norway and Europe.  Through this project, the embassy seeks to create a Model NATO simulation program for university-level students in Norway.  We aim to increase knowledge of NATO, Norway’s role as the Northern Flank, related geo-political security issues among Norway’s university students.

IV. Program Goals

The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Strengthen understanding of NATO among young people (18-25), through a Model NATO simulation program in 2019-2020.
  2. Build awareness of the importance NATO plays in promoting peace, security and stability in the region through greater knowledge and understanding of geo-politics, security issues, and regional connectivity.

 

V.     Program Description and Requirements

a)          The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals to create a series of a “Model NATO” simulation programs with university-level student participation in three to five cities across Norway.  The simulation programs should have an educational component that increases knowledge and understanding of NATO operations and organizational structure and is followed by a practical Model NATO simulation exercise.

b)          If possible, we suggest coordinating with similar university-level programs in the Nordic-Baltic countries.  The target population in Norway should be university students interested in domestic and international security and interested in learning more about NATO, especially students involved in political and international affairs organizations. The project should culminate in a final Model NATO conference in Oslo in Spring/Summer of 2020 and allow participants to partake in simulated discussions on NATO security issues.

c)          Proposals should include the following elements:

d)          Overview of proposed project;

e)          Narrative that covers the facilitation of a series of Model NATO simulations in 3-5 Norwegian cities, culminating in one large regional gathering in Oslo in Spring/Summer 2020, and a description of how the project will increase understanding of NATO’s organizational structure and critical policy issues among participants;

f)          Marketing plan for recruiting participants and generating interest in the project;

g)          Background of implementing organization, including key project leaders;

h)          List of any proposed partners, including their role in the project;

i)          Official letters of support from any proposed partners;

j)          Media and outreach plan, including traditional and social media;

k)          Budget;

l)          Expected outcomes, including any potential follow-on activities;

Monitoring and evaluation plan (grantee will be responsible for submitting a detailed monitoring and evaluation plan for all components of the program, including the submission of a final wrap-up report upon completion of the program series);

Samples of previous related work executed successfully by the grant applicant;

Organization contact information;

Successful applicant(s) will be required to register in the U.S. Government’s “System for Award Management” database, or SAM: sam.gov. Applicants should note if they are already registered in SAM.

 

VI.             Application Procedures and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted via email no later than September 27, 2019 to OsloIRC@State.gov with “NOFO Proposal: Model NATO” in the subject line. Questions should be directed to the same email address.

Grantor Contact Information:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Oslo, Public Affairs Office