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NGO Small Grants

U.S. Embassy Slovenia NGO Small Grants

The Embassy continues to offer grants for well-conceived and managed projects that strengthen the NGO sector and address societal concerns. Eligible topics are broadly defined to include democracy and human rights, security issues and foreign policy, economic and civic development, and support for regional stability in Southeastern Europe. 

For this grant evaluation period, special consideration will be given to project proposals that do the following:

- Anti-corruption, Good Governance, and Transparency

- Economic Literacy and Development, including Innovation and Entrepreneurship

- Environment and Climate Change

- Energy Security and Diversification

- Human Rights (LGBT, disabilities, women empowerment, minority populations)

- Volunteerism and Corporate Social Responsibility

- Slovenia’s Positive Regional Cooperation

- Respect for Diversity and Multiculturalism


Support activities that encourage research, debate and promotion of the US-Slovenia cooperation including (but not limited to):

·   Promote entrepreneurship and economic development,

·   Youth engagement in civil society,

·   Promote cross-border development,

·   Promoting integration of countries in SE Europe in Euro-Atlantic institutions

·   Promoting civic involvement and corporate social responsibility,

·   Address international security issues,

·   Address counter-terrorism,

·   Promote environmental and/or green initiatives, renewable energy and new technology,

·   Address women's issues - violence, empowerment, anti-trafficking,

·   Promote responsible and independent media - traditional and new forms

·   Promoting inter-ethnic dialogue and address minority issues.

The Public Affairs Section welcomes proposals from alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs.  Priority consideration will be given to alumni who:

 -  Cooperate with other alumni to implement the grant 

-    Share with a wider community the knowledge or skills gained in the exchange program or training

 -    Explain how the project will enhance alumni professional development


In the past we supported the following project activities:

 Compendium of Projects for FY 2013 (PDF 345 KB).

 As always, priority will be given to projects that:

·   Demonstrate clear, sustainable, and innovative plans for obtaining matching funds and cost-sharing,  

·   Use the media or a multiplier effect to reach broader audiences, and 

·   Serve traditionally underserved populations.

Projects must have a defined start and completion date.  Only Slovenian NGOs may apply.   If project is done in collaboration with another organization, please provide a letter of support/commitment from the partner institution. New grantees will be given priority over previous grantees.

Typically, grant awards range from $3,000 to $10,000.  For your convenience, you may directly access the Application Guidelines and Forms below.

The next deadline for submitting your proposals is March 1, 2015.

In the past, grants were unsuccessful for not following the instructions. You are required to fill out everything above in order to make your project eligible for review consideration by the Committee.

Funding for NGO grants is decided through a competitive application process, and each proposal is voted on by an Embassy committee.   Please understand that we receive many more good proposals than our resources allow us to fund, which means that simply submitting a good proposal does not guarantee that the Embassy can fund your project.   Additionally, since this is a competition, in the interest of a fair and impartial process, the Embassy is unable to give personalized assistance or advice to individual applicants and/or applying organizations.  Any award is subject to the availability of funds.

Please mail 1 copy of the completed applications, with an original signature on the last page, to:

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Attn: Tanja Šuštaršič, Program Assistant for NGO Small Grants Program
Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Tel: (1) 200-5685
Fax: (1) 426-4284

In addition, please send one copy in electronic form to the following address: SustarsicT@state.gov

Grant proposals should include all of the information requested. Proposals will not be considered unless all information is received in hard copy and electronic form. Proposals must be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Budgets must be calculated in USD. Supporting documents may be in Slovene. Cost-sharing and in-kind contributions must be documented in the grant proposal's budget. 

Proposed projects which meet the basic criteria outlined above will be considered for full or partial funding by the Embassy NGO Small Grants Program Committee.

Grant Committee decisions will generally be communicated within two months after the application deadline.

Conformity with general guidelines, criteria and basic conditions does not guarantee funding. 

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