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Embassy Small Grants Programs

Public Affairs Small Grants Program

U.S. Embassy Yaounde welcomes applications for educational and cultural projects led by Cameroonian citizens.  U.S. citizens may apply in conjunction with Cameroonian groups.  Projects must have objectives within one of the themes listed below and help Cameroonians better understand the society, culture, and values of the United States.  The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors:  committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals.  Requests are accepted at any time and grants are awarded subject to the availability of funds.   Funds are very limited, however, thus grants are typically in the range of $1,000-5,000.  While co-sponsor funding is not required, it adds to the likelihood that a project will be selected.  NOTE:  We generally cannot fund food, entertainment, alcohol, or long-distance participant travel.  

What Type of Projects are Funded?

These small grants can be used to support conferences, academic or cultural programs, and new media concepts aimed at reaching wider audiences.  Projects must fall within the Public Affairs Section’s following program priorities:

  • Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Civic Engagement and Civil Society Development
  • Protection of the Environment
  • Ethnic/Religious Tolerance and Dispute Reconciliation
  • Strengthening Media Capacity

The following types Projects/Activities/Expenses are NOT funded by the Small Grants Program:

  •  Fund-raising campaigns
  •  Humanitarian assistance/social welfare projects
  • Scientific research projects
  • Projects that take more than a year to implement
  • Projects that duplicate existing projects being implemented by an organization
  • For-profit commercial projects
  • Projects that aim to support partisan political activity
  • Trade activities
  • Construction, vehicle purchase, office equipment, or other
  • infrastructure projects
  • Ongoing salary costs
  • Paying to complete activities begun with other funds
  • Paying for school or other educational fees for individuals
  • Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries
  • Projects consisting only of a single meeting or a brief conference are also discouraged.

Project Guidelines:

The application requires a detailed description of the activity for which grant funds are being requested and a budget proposal broken down by expenditure category.  Otherwise, the request will not be considered.  Cost-sharing by the requesting organization is an important factor in evaluating grant requests.  The Public Affairs Section also encourages projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost-sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and how any volunteers will be used. A successful grant application will include the following:

  1. Need: A clearly defined need that takes into account the input of local people and identifies a target audience.  We particularly target marginalized youth and women.
  2. Plan:  A work plan that includes focused objectives, projected results and a clear timeline.
  3. Public Outreach Activities:  Projects should have a public teaching/public dialogue or educational component.
  4. Evaluation:  A monitoring and evaluation plan that includes community/target audience feedback.
  5. Sustainability:  An indication of the measurable long-term impact of the project.
  6. Budget:  A reasonable budget that follows the guidelines outlined in the Budget Appendix.

Evaluation Criteria:

Grant applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The proposal demonstrates the organization has sufficient expertise in the priority themes cited above, skills, and human resources to implement the project.  Where partners are included, the applicant details each partner’s respective role and provides curriculum vitas (CVs) for persons responsible for the project and financial administration.
  • The organization demonstrates a clear understanding of the underlying issue the project aims to address and articulates it without using excessive generalizations.
  • The organization has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and there is a clear focus, manageable scope, and some form of sustainable capacity building after its completion.
  • The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed activities are concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan with deadlines and appropriate measures of success in addressing one or more of the above listed priorities.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed, and realistic.  It shows the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project.  There are neither rough estimates nor budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.” 
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

How to Apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time; however, they must be received no later than eight (8) weeks prior to your proposed project date.  Applications must be typed and include purpose, target audience, expected results, project team, summary of activity, timeline, and a detailed budget.   Send to: PASgrantsyaounde@state.gov or to American Embassy; Avenue Rosa Parks, Bastos; Yaounde, Cameroon, Attn:  Public Affairs Section - Grants