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March 1, 2022

Small Grants Program

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Fiscal Year 2022 – Small Grants Program

  • Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Oslo Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) SOI/Annual Program Statement
  • Deadline for Submitting a Statement of Interest: June 15, 2022
  • Maximum for each Award: USD 1,000-USD 24,000
  • Total Amount Available: USD 85,000

 This notice is subject to availability of funding.

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo supports a variety of projects through its Small Grants Program, which is designed to support eligible organizations and individuals in the implementation of programs advancing U.S.-Norway relations.

PDS Oslo invites Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Norway through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. This is a two-tier competitive process, where the submission of the SOI is the first step.

An SOI is a concise proposal designed to communicate program ideas and objectives. Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applications will be invited to submit a full grant application to be considered by the Grants Committee Review Panel.

 Priority Program Areas

 Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions
  • Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs
  • Professional and academic exchanges and programs

 We accept grant proposals on a rolling basis until the submission deadline, especially for projects and programs in the following areas:

  • Addressing global security challenges and increasing understanding of NATO policy
  • Engaging Norwegians on Arctic issues, with a priority on youth, entrepreneurship and technology
  • Increasing co-operation with focus on the green transition and tackling climate change globally
  • Partnering with Norwegian government, business, media and civil society to counter growing malign influences in the media
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Preserving and conserving cultural heritage, especially the heritage of indigenous cultures and/or historically disadvantaged minorities
  • Reaching out to youth to promote and emphasize our shared values
  • Promoting U.S. higher education

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

All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Length of performance period: Proposed projects should be completed in 12 months or less. In exceptional and justified cases, the Embassy will consider extending the project performance period.

ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

The following organizations are eligible to apply: 

    • Not-for-profit organizations/associations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
    • Educational institutions
    • Individuals
    • Foreign Public Entities (FPE), for example: Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  • Grants cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity or for: fundraising campaigns; commercial projects or for-profit ventures; individual academic research projects; construction projects; or projects whose primary objective is an organization’s institutional development or an individual’s personal enrichment or career development.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Step One

Please follow all instructions below carefully. SOIs that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Statement of Interest must include:

  • A brief project description summarizing goals, objectives outcomes, performance indicators, beneficiaries, and proposed timeline
  • A clear statement of the applicant’s organizational capacity to carry out the proposed activity and manage U.S. Government funds
  • Documents in English
  • A detailed budget including the anticipated total budget amount request (in U.S. dollars)
  • Submission Dates and Times: 
    SOIs are due no later than June 15, 2022, to Oslogrants@state.gov. Please submit at least two months before the start of the program.

You may use the grant proposal template or submit your own application letter.

The Grants Committee Review panel meets monthly to discuss grant proposals.

  • If a SOI is accepted, you will be asked to complete a full proposal application. The organization must complete the mandatory application forms and obtain a an active SAM.gov registration before submission. As this process can take several weeks, we recommend starting the process as soon as possible. Please note there is no cost associated with UEI or SAM.gov registration. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.

Step Two

APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

Following the SOI review, successful applicants will be contacted and instructed to submit a full application. A full application will include:

 Please note that in some cases you might get an error message when you open these PDF forms.  We have been informed that this could be circumvented by downloading the PDF and open it in the normal reader (not browser based).

Required Registrations:
In order to apply, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (UEI), as well as a valid registration on https://www.sam.gov. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov. Please follow the following steps to obtain the UEI and SAM registration:

1) Apply for a UEI number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

NCAGE application: Application page here https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx

Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Dsocs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf

For help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

2) After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register as “federal assistance only” entity in SAM by logging onto: http://www.sam.govPlease make sure that the information and spelling entered in all systems is identical, otherwise you will receive error messages.

SAM registration must be renewed annually.

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

Questions:
Please contact oslogrants@state.gov if you have any further questions about the application process.