PAS Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy Managua’s Small Grants Program is not currently open. We appreciate your interest in this program and we look forward to offering this funding opportunity soon. Please continue to check our website for any updates.

At U.S. Embassy, Managua, we have the PAS Small Grants Program administered by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, to which any Nicaraguan or American individual or non-profit and non-government organization may apply for a grant.

A grant is an agreement in which the U.S. Federal Government provides funding or property to support a public purpose. The U.S. Government is not the recipient of the goods or services and does not play a substantial role.

Issuance of this Annual Program Statement does not constitute a grant commitment on the part of the U.S. Government, nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals.

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  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:
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Public Affairs Section (PAS)
Public Diplomacy Program
PAS Small Grants Program

Small Grants:
Small Grants are between $5,000.00 USD and $100,000.00 USD.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) Small Grants Program awards grants to U.S. and Nicaraguan individuals and non-profit and non-governmental organizations with legal status to support innovative projects focused on empowering Nicaraguans through educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.

There is no fee to apply.  Submissions are accepted only during the application period in this Annual Program Statement.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) is most interested in projects that promote U.S.-Nicaragua relations through proposals that will:

  • Strengthen democratic institutions, support good governance, advance human rights, and advance press freedom
  • Promote women’s empowerment and/or prevent gender based violence
  • Improve instruction and academic achievement in English language proficiency and/or science, technology, environment, architecture/art, and math (STEAM)
  • Strengthen entrepreneurship and economic development and expand access among minority communities, women, and disadvantaged communities
  • Create a greater understanding of U.S policy, best practices, and culture
  • Engage alumni of U.S. sponsored exchange programs

 All projects should target youth, ages 15-35, and contain an element of direct interaction between Americans and Nicaraguans.

The Small Grants Program cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting primarily partisan political or religious activity
  • International air travel unless essential to the goal of the project
  • Humanitarian or charitable activities
  • For-profit, commercial or trade activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Scientific research
  • Institutional development per se or support of an organization
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Vehicles
  • Salaries as the main purpose of the grant
  • Refreshments as the main element of the grant

The PAS Small Grants Program will evaluate and score proposals according to the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the Program Plan: Competitive proposals will clearly promote one or more of Embassy Mission Goals: economic prosperity; security; and democracy with social inclusion for all, in Nicaragua; and all programs must have a U.S. component such as a U.S. speaker or expert. (30 points)
  2. Ability to Achieve Program Objectives: Applications should clearly demonstrate how the applicant would meet the objectives. Activities should be reasonable and feasible, and the application should clearly detail how activities would be carry out. Objectives should be clear, measurable, and have a well-articulated timeline. (30 points)
  3. Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate the activity’s success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique and a description of methodology to link outcomes to original project objectives are recommended. (20 points)
  4. Budget and Narrative Justification: The budget and narrative justification are complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The plan for services and related cost estimates is realistic. (20 points)

A review committee will evaluate submitted proposals. It will take the committee up to two months to complete its review process. Some applicants might be contact with questions during this review process. Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be done in August 2019.

If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding. Further, the U.S. government reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

Small Grants are typically US$5,000 to US$25,000 and the maximum amount is US$100,000. It is essential to provide a clear Budget (Download instruction and guidelines) with a thorough and reasonable cost breakdown for the project, including specific categories for which the funds would be used. All awards are subject to funds availability.

Recipient cost-share is encouraged, but is not required.

The projects can be short-term, or up to twenty four (24) months.

Interested applicants should submit a written proposal along with the Application documents (Download), in English.  If the proposal is submitted in Spanish, an English translation should be provided.

To apply, please complete all the required forms and submit them via email to  with your proposal and all required information.

Download these Application Guidelines and Forms:

  • Proposal guidelines
  • Proposal form (Word Doc). The proposal should clearly state:
    – Background of organization
    – Project description that states the following:
    * Who will be conducting the project and where
    * Methods used to achieve the purpose
    * Target audiences
    * Plan of follow-up activities, as appropriate
    * Expected measureable outcome(s) and method of evaluation
    * Approximate time line to accomplish phases of the project
    * Outline of media or outreach plan
  • Application form for federal assistance: SF-424 form for organizations and instructions; or SF-424I form for Individuals and instructions
  • Detailed budget: SF 424A form and instructions and the budget narrative form. The SF-424B is required only for those applicants (organizations) who have not registered in or recertified their registration in since February 2, 2019 and completed the online representations and certifications.
  • For organizations: Proof of registration as a non-profit and non-governmental organization in DUNS, NCAGE/CAGE, and SAM.GOV.
  • Key contact forms and CVs
  • SF LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Form (Apply only to U.S. organizations and citizens engage in lobby activities.)

If you wish to send additional documents along with your application package, please submit them in: PDF, Word, Excel or JPG format. The Embassy CANNOT receive emails with “zipped” attachments that contain WinZIP or WinRAR extensions.

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and

All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

Applicants (only for organizations) to U.S. Federal awards will be asked to supply three identifying registrations on the application package, the so-called DUNS, NCAGE/CAGE, and

For the registration,all organizations are required to submit the SAM Entity Administrator Letter to the Federal Service Desk (FSD) at U.S organizations must use the template #1 and foreign organizations must use the template #3.

Registrations for these numbers are done on-line and before submitting application documents. No fees are involved.

We recommend all applicants (organizations only) to review the basic guideline information and fill out the required “notarized letter” for their registration at: DUNS_NCAGE and SAM.GOV Guidelines and Forms

The order for on-line registration is as follow:

  1. NCAGE/CAGE registration for organizations only:
    Instructions for the NCAGE/CAGE application process:
    For help within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423
    For help outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766
    Email   for any problems in getting an NCAGE code
  2. DUNS number for organizations only:
    If your organization does not have one already, you may e-mail:
  3. GOV registration for organizations only: registration must be renewed annually. Also, applicants can check the tutorial video on how to register at: As a reminder, All organizations are required to submit the SAM Administrator Letter to the Federal Service Desk (FSD) at for their registration.

IMPORTANT: if your organization requires any kind of help regarding your registrations for DUNS, NCAGE/CAGE, or, please go to:

All organizations that apply to a federal assistance must update their on-line registrations every year.

Please email the proposal and application documents together to:

  • E-mail Address:;
  • E-mail Subject: PAS Small Grants Application
  • Phone: 011+505-2252-7100, ext: 7833

Applications for Small Grants are accepted from May 15, 2019 through July 15, 2019.  No applications will be accepted after that deadline.

Applicants will be notified by email whether their proposal was selected for funding or not.

Note:  We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in this Annual Program Statement. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.

The complete grant process takes approximately four to five months.  However, it is important to note that this timeline may vary, depending on availability of funds.  The stages of the process are:

  • project proposal and application submitted
  • proposal and application reviewed by Embassy
  • project is approved or denied  (you will be notified in writing of the decision)
  • negotiation period between Embassy representative and grantee
  • grant is issued and signed by grantee and Embassy
  • funds are available for use about 2-3 weeks after grant is signed

The grant will be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grant Officer. The grant agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient for review and signature by email. The recipient may only start incurring program expenses beginning on the start date shown on the grant document signed by the Grant Officer.


During the project, all grantees must provide financial and progress reports with photos when possible.  Upon completion of the project, all grantees must submit final narrative reports and financial reports with a complete accounting of all grant funds.