Through a grants program, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in Montevideo supports projects proposed by Uruguayan non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and cultural/educational organizations that aim to promote exchanges between the United States and Uruguay.
The Embassy will select, in particular, projects that have a strong link to the United States and promote economic development, social justice, and/or security between our two nations.
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.
Proposals will be considered in three separate cycles of funding. The deadlines to submit proposals are: December 31, March 31, and May 31, every year.
Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 US dollars.
NOTE: The administrative process to receive funds takes approximately two months, between the time project approval is informed and the time the assigned funds are received.
How to Apply
Proposals should be entered onto the Small Grants Application form in English:
and submitted via e-mail to MontevideoGrants@state.gov.
You will then receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application.
Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed with all the submissions received for that cycle of funding. All applicants are typically contacted 4-6 weeks after the deadline for each funding cycle and informed whether or not their proposal was selected.
If your project is selected, and your organization had not previously been selected, then, in order to receive a grant, the organization will have to obtain:
A DUNS number. The DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identifier that identifies an organization. It can be requested prior to learning about the selection. Please note that the Embassy cannot apply for a DUNS number on behalf of an organization. Note: Information on how to apply for a DUNS number can be found on the Dun & Bradstreet website.
Applicants cannot receive grants until these steps are complete.
Recipients of the Embassy’s cultural and educational grants are required to submit a Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and a Narrative Report (SF-PPR) within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award.
Some grants may also require quarterly reports. Grantees will be informed of their reporting responsibilities when the grant is awarded. Failure to comply with the reporting responsibilities may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until this obligation has been met.
All recipients must be aware of the Standard Terms & Conditions (PDF, 174KB) that apply to grantees and comply with all applicable terms and conditions during the project period.
Note: All forms must be completed in English.
Also please note that according to the U.S. government’s grants policy, grant recipients do not receive advance payments in excess of their “immediate cash needs.” In general, up to 10% of the grant total is withheld as a final payment to ensure that final reports are submitted by grantees.
All successful applicants will be provided with this information when the grant is awarded.
Thank you for your interest in the Embassy’s Cultural and Educational Grants Program.
Important information regarding this Federal Assistance Application
Type of Application: New Name of Federal Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy Montevideo, Department of State Catalog of Federal Assistance Number: 19040 Title: Public Diplomacy Programs Funding Opportunity Number: MVD FY2017/02 –03/31/2017Title: U.S. Embassy Montevideo Small Grants Program
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