The U.S. Embassy announces a new Cultural Small Grants Program

The Cultural Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Moldova works to build mutual understanding between Moldovans and Americans.  We do this through establishing cultural, professional, and academic networking and partnerships involving Moldovan and American professionals in education, music, sports, and the arts.

Programs and activities may include, but are not limited to: coaching workshops, exhibits, performances, and creative collaborations. All proposals must include a distinct, clear connection between Moldovan and American culture.

Due to the possibility of continued pandemic-related restrictions, applicants must include  a virtual, online version  of the project idea.   

Covered Costs: The U.S. Embassy will cover economy-class airfare ticket (approx. $2,000), per diem ($73 per full day, $55 per travel days), lodging costs (up to $161), and honoraria ($250 per work day) for travelers from the United States.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify the relevant American expert and ensure that he/she agrees to these conditions and states this in their letter of intent. Allowable costs are limited to immediate program needs, such as translation services, in-country transportation, conference room rentals, relevant supplies, and meals.  The program cannot cover overhead or staff salaries.

This funding opportunity is authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961.

Strategic Priorities:

Strategic Priorities for the 2021 financial year are:

  • Supporting Independent Voices
  • Promoting American values
  • Reaching audiences outside the capital
  • Encouraging Accountable Governance
  • Building connections across the Nistru river
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and economic development in the arts sector

Applicants are encouraged to look at ways of using cultural programs (music, sports, arts, literature, etc.) to support one of the above priorities.

Examples may include, but are not limited to, how sports can contribute to effective governance, using theater or art to address the social impact of economic issues, or creative writing classes to help bring to light fresh and independent voices. These are just suggestions of how cultural and educational programs can support broader themes that are important to the U.S. Mission. Applicants should carefully consider and clearly explain how their proposal advances our goals and builds connections between Moldovan and American culture.

Program goals: 

Our program aims to a) encourage Moldova’s European trajectory by supporting real reforms and tangible economic development for the Moldovan people; b) bridge divides in Moldovan society by promoting civic engagement and demand for accountable governance; and c) support a whole and secure Moldova.

We offer small grants for programs and activities that support these goals in music, sports, and the arts.  Small grants generally range from $10,000 to $45,000.

The following organizations are eligible to apply

  • Moldovan not-for-profit organizations, including civil society/non-governmental organizations 
  • American non-profit NGOs which will partner with a Moldovan NGO or will reach a Moldovan audience
  • Moldovan Public and private cultural and educational institutions

Deadline:  March 12, 2021 18:00

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