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:
Support Shared Security
Projects for consideration in this category should support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey in efforts to counter terrorism, address transnational crime, promote the role of women in peace and security, 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, mitigating pollution and climate impacts on 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 LGBTI 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 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 November 23, 2020
Call for Proposals will CLOSE on January 29, 2021, 17:00 Turkey Time
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Due to the heavy workload, we are not able to accept telephone inquiries or meeting requests. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section of 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 December 24, 2020.
Who can apply?
Legally registered civil society organizations and non-profit organizations such as associations (dernek), foundations (vakıf), including think tanks and individuals operating in Turkey can apply. The U.S. Mission cannot give grants to commercial firms, not-for-profit firms, municipalities, or government establishments. Non-profit higher educational institutions (universities) can apply. There are no such restrictions for project partners. All organizations including civil society organizations, non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions must obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov. All are free of charge. For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov, check the Additional Resources section of this page. This does not apply to individuals; individuals do not need to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov.
Organizations or individuals with an existing, open grant with U.S. Mission Turkey are ineligible to apply for additional grants until the existing grant is closed.
The total amount requested per grant cannot exceed $50,000. 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.
- 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)
- Budget Justification Narrative: There is no specific form for this; any format is acceptable. 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. The budget justification narrative can also be included in the end of the Grant Application Form.
- 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. Make sure that your application package consists of at least 5 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.
- Attachments: (Optional)
4.1 Legal registration documents of civil society organizations and non-profit organizations
4.2 One page CV or resume of each key personnel who are proposed for the program
4.3 Letters of support from project partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner or a Memorandum of Understanding among all partners (if applicable)
4.4 Official permission letters, if required for project activities (if applicable)
4.5 If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file (Applicable to only U.S. organization).
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 applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations. All are free of charge:
- Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
- NCAGE/CAGE code
- www.SAM.gov registration
For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov, check the “Additional Resources” section of this page and the full Notice of Funding Opportunity document.
All applications must be submitted by e-mail to GrantsTurkey@state.gov by the deadline of January 29, 2021 at 17:00 Turkey time.
- Please do not send applications via cloud transfer systems.
- 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. 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 January 29, 2021 at 17:00 Turkey time will be considered ineligible.
Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization/individual per grants cycle. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization/individual, all proposals from that institution/individual will be considered ineligible for funding.
Shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation or revisions to their proposal.
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 all partners will also be considered stronger. Project implementation timeline should not start before May 2021.
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 overhead costs, office rental, alcoholic beverages, 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.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the criteria below:
- Relevance to Key Bilateral Themes (25p)
o Aligns strongly with more than one goal (20-25 points)
o Aligns reasonably well with at least one goal (10-19 points)
o Poorly aligns with goals (0-9 points)
- Project Quality/Project Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives (25p)
o The project ideas are well-developed, with detail about how the project will be carried out (up to 15 points)
o The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline and effectively allocates resources (up to 10 points)
- Budget (20p)
o Realistic – The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities (up to 5 points)
o Reasonable – Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results (up to 5 points)
o Scalable – The project’s scale and budget can be reduced, if necessary (up to 5 points)
o Cost sharing – The applicant is seeking funds from other sources or willing to contribute (in-kind support is acceptable (up to 5 points)
- Impact and Sustainability (10p)
o Impact – Goals and objectives are clearly stated, and project approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. Project shows strong potential to reach a new or large target audience (up to 5 points)
o Sustainability – Project activities will continue to have positive impact after the conclusion of the program (up to 5 points)
- Monitoring and Evaluation (10p)
o 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)
o The project includes output and outcome indicators and the proposed evaluation provides tangible/measurable products (up to 5 points).
- Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants (10p)
The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds. This includes a financial management system and a bank account.
All applicants will be informed about the results of this competition by email by April 2021.
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it mandatory to submit SF 424, SF 424 A, and SF 424 B forms for the projects with a budget of $10,000 and/or less?
- 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.
We are a for-profit organization and would like to apply to the Embassy’s Grants Program. Since for-profit organizations are ineligible applicants, should we apply as an individual or should our partnering NGO apply?
NGOs, individuals and higher education institutions are eligible to apply.
I’m having trouble filling out forms SF424 and SF424-A? Can you help me?
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.”
Where can I find information such as Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number and Funding Opportunity Number?
Please download the full Notice for Funding Opportunity found on the Embassy’s webpage for this type of specific information.
Can I receive funding for a project that will be implemented in the U.S.?
- No, the primary activities of a project must be implemented in Turkey.
Can my project include a request for funding for travel to the U.S.?
- 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.
I am working on a research project. Can I apply for a grant?
- No, research projects will not be funded.
I am a member of an informal group. Can I apply with my group?
- 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.
Can a public high school apply?
- 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.
Our project proposal falls into several topic areas. Should we select just one topic area or can we select more than one?
- 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 have a partnership with another organization. Do you require an official memorandum of understanding or a declaration to be included in the application?
- 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.
Should I find a partner from another country for my project? If so, should this partner be an organization?
- Partnership is not a mandatory criterion for the U.S. Embassy Grants Program. Your partner does not have to be a registered organization.
Which application forms do I need to submit?
Your complete application should include all of the following:
- SF424 Forms: Please make sure to submit all three SF424 forms
- 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.
- Form SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
- Form SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
- Budget Justification Narrative: There is no specific form for this; any format is acceptable. Explain how and why a 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.
- Grant Request Form: Please use the Grant Request form provided under the “Docs & Forms for Applicants” section of the Embassy’s Grant Opportunities webpage https://tr.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-opportunities/ 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.
4.1. Legal registration documents of non-profit organizations
4.2. One page CV or resume of each key personnel who are proposed for the program
4.3. Letters of support from project partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner or a Memorandum of Understanding among all partners (if applicable)
4.4. Official permission letters, if required for project activities
4.5. If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
Do I need a DUNS number to apply for a grant?
- Non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions must obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov, check the “Additional Resources” section of the Embassy’s Grant Opportunities webpage https://tr.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-opportunities/ Individual applicants do not need to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov
How do I obtain a DUNS number and an NCAGE code?
- For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with www.SAM.gov, check the guidelines provided on the right hand column of this page, under the “Additional Resources” heading.
Are there any guidelines on how to fill in the Budget Information Form (SF 424 A) for Non-Construction Programs?
- 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.