U.S. Mission Turkey Grants Program

Key Strategic Policy Themes for Mission Turkey’s Grants Program
U.S. Mission Turkey announces its country-wide grants program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes below. The audiences for these programs are Turkish nationals.

Support Shared Security
Projects for consideration in this category should support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey in efforts to promote cooperation in NATO and other multilateral security organizations, cybersecurity, and the role of women in peace and security, counter terrorism, address transnational crime, and increase cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean.

Strengthen Economic Prosperity, Promote Innovation, Foster Entrepreneurship, and Improve the Digital Economy
Proposals in this category may include, but are not limited to, entrepreneurship training; small-and-medium enterprise (SME) planning; teaching marketing and outreach techniques; fostering research and development/innovation; and advancing awareness of and adherence to labor rights and laws. Proposals are welcome that strengthen the open and dynamic digital economy and that highlight sectors with growth potential such as local tourism/hospitality, value-added agrobusiness, innovative agricultural technology/practices, and inclusive financial services. These projects could include the utilization of cloud-based technology to meet local needs, training on the importance of the free flow of data, and improving the data literacy of citizens to take advantage of publicly-available information. Proposals are welcome to increase cooperation between U.S. and Turkish scientists and industry, particularly in the fields of agricultural technology innovation, green technology applications, combatting climate change, developing the blue economy, and efforts to address Covid-19. Proposals that partner with U.S. private sector firms to strengthen business-to-business relationships and those that harness the Turkish-American diaspora’s knowledge, experience, and investment resources to spur growth in economically disadvantaged regions across Turkey are welcome.

Reinforce Democratic Values
Proposals in this area should reinforce respect for international human rights norms within Turkey, counter gender-based violence, support LGBTQI rights, promote the rule of law and freedom of expression, and/or strengthen the capacity of Turkish media and civil society in order to advocate for human rights and freedoms. Programs here may also aim to assist Turkish media as well as media consumers in identifying and responding to misinformation and disinformation.

Foster Turkish and U.S. Ties
Proposals for this category should include programs to develop English language teaching/learning that also promote diversity, inclusion, and/or the representation of specific marginalized communities. Proposals are also welcome that promote STEAM education, develop networks between U.S. and Turkish STEAM educators and organizations, and encourage study in the United States. Activities would seek to build personal, educational, and commercial ties between the Turkish and American people and promote a positive understanding of the value of the relationship between the two countries. Proposals aiming to protect and/or restore important cultural and historical sites are also welcome.

Call for Proposals is now OPEN as of April 25, 2022 

Call for Proposals will CLOSE on June 24, 2022, 17:00 Turkey Time

Please click here to download the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

We are not able to accept telephone inquiries or meeting requests. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section below this page.

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please submit your questions in English to GrantsTurkey@state.gov before 17:00 on May 28, 2022.

Who can apply?

  • U.S. and Turkish not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private higher educational institutions
  • Individuals

The U.S. Mission cannot give grants to high schools, commercial firms, not-for-profit companies (such as techno parks), municipalities, or government establishments.

There are no such restrictions for project partners.

Other Eligibility Requirements

IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a NCAGE/CAGE code and a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. For information on how to obtain these registrations, please see the section Required Registration in the NOFO and Additional Resources on this webpage.

Organizations who have already registered with www.SAM.gov but have expired should renew their registration soonest possible.

Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in www.SAM.gov

This process may take up to a month or even longer in some cases, so please start the process as soon as you decide to apply to this funding opportunity.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

Organizations and individuals with an existing, open grant with U.S. Mission Turkey are ineligible to apply for additional grants until the existing grant is closed.

How much?
The total amount requested per grant cannot exceed $75,000. Minimum amount for a grant is $5,000. Staffing costs should not exceed 25% of the total budget requested from the U.S. Mission. The budget proposal must be submitted in U.S. dollars.

How to apply?
Applications must be submitted in English; applications submitted in Turkish will be considered ineligible. For an application to be considered eligible upon technical review, all mandatory documents must be submitted. Any documents missing would cause the application to be considered ineligible and will not be subject to further evaluation.

Mandatory Documents

    1. SF424 Forms: Please make sure to submit all three SF424 forms. These forms can be found under the “Docs & Forms Applications” section of this page.
      1.1   Form SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance for organizations)
      if applying as an organization or form SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance for individuals) if applying as an individual.
      1.2   Form SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)

      1.3   Form SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
    2. Grant Application Form  : Please use the Grant Application form provided under the “Docs & Forms for Applicants” section of this page. The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to achieve. Please do not exceed the character limits.
      2.1  Budget Justification Narrative: The budget justification narrative section is at the end of the Grant Application Form. Explain how and why each budget line item helps to meet the project deliverables. In other words, describe each of the budget expenses as to how the costs were estimated and justify the need for the cost. Include information about your project’s scalability. For example, can your budget increase or decrease based on such factors as the number of participants or geographic spread? Note that increased budget flexibility can increase a proposal’s competitiveness.

Make sure that your application package consists of at least 4 attachments (mentioned above). If any of the documents mentioned above are missing, the submitted application will be considered ineligible, regardless of the amount of funding requested.

Optional Documents:

  • Legal registration documents of civil society organizations and non-profit organizations
  • One page CV or resume of each key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from project partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner or a Memorandum of Understanding among all partners (if applicable)
  • Official permission letters, if required for project activities
  • If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file (This is applicable to only U.S. organization).

Required Registrations:
Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations including civil society organizations, non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions must obtain a NCAGE/CAGE code and a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov in order to be eligible to receive an award. All are free of charge. This does not apply to individuals.

This process may take up to a month or even longer in some cases, so please start the process as soon as you decide to apply to this funding opportunity.

All applications must be submitted by e-mail to GrantsTurkey@state.gov by the deadline of June 24, 2022 at 17:00 Turkey time.

  • Please do not send applications via cloud transfer systems or with Google Drive links.
  • Do not send e-mail with win.rar and win.zip attachments.
  • The Embassy’s e-mail system has a 25 MB limitation. Any e-mail which exceeds 25 MB may not be delivered. Should your application package exceed 25 MB, consider sending it in several smaller e-mails.
  • All applicants will receive an automatically sent confirmation e-mail. Applicants who send multiple e-mails will only receive one automatically sent confirmation e-mail. Please check your spam/junk mailbox and make sure you have received the confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive it, this means we did not receive your application.
  • Applications received after the deadline of June 24, 2022 at 17:00 Turkey time will be considered ineligible.

How are proposals evaluated?
Projects should have a public teaching/public dialogue or educational component. Applications with an American component are considered stronger, as are projects focused on underserved communities (youth, women, LGBT, etc.) and projects located outside Turkey’s metropolitan areas.

Applications that have in-kind or cost-sharing support are also considered stronger.

Preference will be given to individuals and organizations with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and NGO events and projects.

Projects that have an established working Memorandum of Understanding among partners will also be considered stronger.

Project implementation timeline should not start before November 2022.

Funding Restrictions:
Activities that are not typically funded include but are not limited to: Paying to complete activities begun with other funds; political party activities; charitable activities; construction projects; fund-raising campaigns; commercial projects; scholarships to support educational opportunities or study and research for individuals; or projects aimed only at primary institutional development of the organization.

Lump sum costs, alcoholic beverages, entertainment costs and vague budget line items, such as “Miscellaneous Items” or “Unforeseen Expenses” will not be funded.  Proposals with budgets in large part requesting funding for travel to the United States will be viewed unfavorably.

Evaluation criteria
A review committee will evaluate all eligible applications. Proposals will be evaluated according to the criteria below:

Organizational Capacity – 5 points:

  • The applicant has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds. (up to 2.5 points)
  • The applicant has planned ahead in regards to who the key personnel will be and what roles they will undertake. (up to 2.5 points)

Support of Equity and Underserved Communities – 5 points:

  • The proposal clearly demonstrates how the program will support and advance equity and engage underserved communities in program administration, design, and implementation. 

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – 20 points:

  • Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem. (up to 5 points)
  • The need for the proposed project, goals and objectives are clearly stated. (up to 5 points)
  • The project ideas are well-developed, with detail about how the project will be carried out. (up to 5 points)
  • The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline and effectively allocates resources (up to 5 points)

U.S. Component – 10 points:

  • The project has a potential to further the relationship between Turkey and the U.S. (up to 5 points)
  • The applicant will partner with a U.S. organization or includes a U.S. expert. The project clearly promotes U.S. values and the topic area applied for. (up to 5 points)

Impact and Outcome – 10 points:

  • Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. (up to 5 points)
  • Project shows strong potential to reach a new or large target audience. (up to 5 points) 

Monitoring and evaluation plan – 10 points:

  • Applicant demonstrates it can measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal (up to 5 points)
  • The project includes output and outcome indicators and the proposed evaluation provides tangible/measurable products (up to 5 points).

Branding and Marketing / Visibility – 5 points:

  • The project has a well thought out marketing plan and strategy. Explains how the U.S. support will be visible and how the U.S. component will be promoted.

Sustainability – 10 points:

    Project activities will continue to have positive impact after the conclusion of the program. (up to 5 points)

  • Applicant has a continuity plan, will be able to add new components if the project continues and secure funds for the continuation of the program. (up to 5 points) 

Risk Assessment – 5 points:

  • Risk Assessment – Applicant has laid out possible risks; has developed alternate and contingency plans. 

Budget – 20 points:

  • Realistic – The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities (up to 5 points)
  • Reasonable – Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results (up to 5 points)
  • Scalable – The project’s scale and budget can be reduced, if necessary (up to 5 points)
  • Cost sharing – The applicant is seeking funds from other sources or willing to contribute (up to 5 points)

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation or revisions to their proposal.

All applicants will be informed about the results of this competition by e-mail by September 2022.

Please click here to download the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Yes.  Please check and read the section entitled “How to apply?” to see which mandatory documents you need to fill out to submit a complete application package.

For instructions and guides on how to fill in forms, please check the documents which have been uploaded on the right hand column of our webpage under “Docs & Forms for Applicants.”

Please download the full Notice for Funding Opportunity found on the Embassy’s webpage for this type of specific information.

  • No, the primary activities of a project must be implemented in Turkey.
  • Proposals with budgets requesting funding for travel to the United States will be viewed unfavorably. If a portion of your project proposes a trip to the U.S., please be clear about how this trip is (a) necessary for the success of your project and (b) how this trip will have a larger impact on supporting shared security, strengthening economic prosperity, reinforcing democratic values or fostering Turkish and U.S. ties.
  • No, research projects will not be funded.
  • Non-profit organizations (such as a dernek, vakif, birlik, federasyon, konfederasyon, etc.) registered with a Turkish legal authority (such as Dernekler Masasi or Vakiflar Genel Mudurlugu) can apply. Organizations applying for a grant must submit official documents showing their registration number.If you are applying on behalf of a group that is unregistered, you may apply as an individual on behalf of your project team.
  • A public high school is ineligible to apply and receive funds.  However, if your school has a non-profit organization (such as a dernek, vakif, birlik, federasyon, konfederasyon, etc.) registered with a Turkish legal authority (such as Dernekler Masasi or Vakiflar Genel Mudurlugu), the organization can apply. Organizations applying for a grant must submit their registration number.Additionally, a public high school teacher may apply as an individual.
  • We advise you to select the topic which best defines your project. However if the project incorporates two areas equally, you may select more than one topic area.
  • We may ask for additional documentation after your initial proposal is evaluated. However, we do encourage applicants to have a formal understanding with their partner(s) about their roles and responsibilities in the project. For the first phase of the application, please submit only the application form.
  • Partnership is not a mandatory criterion for the U.S. Embassy Grants Program. Your partner does not have to be a registered organization.
  • Instructions on how to fill Form SF 424 A Non-Construction can be found under the Docs & Forms for Applicants section of the Embassy’s Grant Opportunities webpage. You may also find instructions on how to fill in other SF424 forms under the same section.