Small Grants Program for First Time Grant Applicants

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara Announces its Small Grants Program for First Time Grant Applicants 

First Time Small Grants Program

Funding is available to support projects by first time grantees that:

  • Support Shared Security – Projects that support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey on defeating ISIS/Daesh and other extremist groups; projects in Turkey that support advancing stability in Syria; all facets of counter-terrorism efforts; and transnational crime.  Also projects that support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey in NATO and other multilateral security organizations.


  • Strengthen Economic Prosperity – Projects which promote trade and investment with the United States, and support entrepreneurship and innovation. Projects which support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education among Turkish youth.


  • Reinforce U.S.-Turkish Shared Values – Projects which build mutual understanding and promote U.S. culture, including American Studies, English teaching/learning, music, art, sports, and education, and encourage study in the United States.  Also projects that support human rights, women’s and youth empowerment, LGBT rights, diversity, acceptance of minority groups, and other areas of mutual interest that promote freedom and democracy.
Call for Proposals is now OPEN as of February 23, 2018  2018, 11:00 Turkey Time
Call for Proposals will CLOSE on March 28,  2018, 17:00 Turkey Time

Who can apply?

Legally registered non-profit organizations such as associations (dernek) or foundations (vakıf) and individuals operating in Turkey.  For this competition individuals or organizations should not have received a U.S. government grant in the past. The Mission cannot give grants to commercial firms, for-profit firms, municipalities, or government establishments. Non-profit higher educational institutions (universities) can apply. All applicants including non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions must obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with This does not apply to individuals. For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with, check the Additional Resources section. 

Organizations or individuals with an existing, open grant with the U.S. Embassy to Turkey are ineligible to apply.

Due to the heavy workload, we are not able to accept telephone inquiries.
Please submit your questions to until March 23, 2018 – 17:00

How much?

How much?

The total amount requested per grant cannot exceed $10,000.  Staffing costs should not exceed 25% of the total budget requested from the U.S. Embassy. The budget must be submitted in U.S. dollars.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted in English using this template. Applications in a different template or submitted in Turkish will not be accepted. Please read our instructions on how to fill in the application form. First time applicants who require assistance or who have questions should contact us at

All applications must be submitted electronically to by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed. Applicants may submit only one project per call. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding. Please send only the Application form with the budget and a cover letter. Shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation.

How are proposals evaluated?

Preference will be given to individuals and organizations with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and NGO events and programs. Applications with an American component are considered stronger, as are projects focused on youth and projects located outside Turkey’s largest cities. Applications that have in kind or cost sharing support from other organizations are also considered stronger. Projects that have an established working Memorandum of Understanding among all partners will also be considered stronger. Projects should have a public teaching/public dialogue or educational component. Project implementation timeline should not start before the end of May 2018.

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, 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.

We will inform all applicants about the results of this competition by email by May 11, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • No, the primary activities of a project must be implemented in Turkey.
  • The Small Grants Program aims to promote cultural understanding and economic prosperity in Turkey. 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 cultural understanding and economic prosperity in Turkey.
  • 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 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 group 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 Small Grants Program. Your partner does not have to be a registered organization.

All application forms are located at the column on the right hand side of the page, under the heading “Docs & Forms for Applicants”.

  • If you are planning to apply for the first time and for a grant up to $10,000, please fill out and submit the “Grant Request Form.”
  • If you are planning to apply for a grant up to $100,000, please provide the following documentation:

1-Mandatory application forms:

    • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals)
    • SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
    • SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
  1. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  1. Proposal (10 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. Use the Grant Request Form provided.
  1. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget form, use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.
  1. Attachments :

5.1. 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program

5.2. Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner or a Memorandum of Understanding among all partners (if applicable)

5.3. If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.

5.4. Official permission letters, if required for program activities

5.5. Legal registration documents of non-profit organizations


We advise you to review the full notice of Funding Opportunity.

  • Civil society organizations or a higher education institutions applying for a grant must obtain a DUNS number, an NCAGE code and register with This process may take up to one month, therefore the process should be started as soon as you decide to apply for a grant. Individuals applying for a grant do not need to obtain a DUNS number, an NCAGE code and register with
  • For instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number, NCAGE code and register with, check the guidelines provided on the right hand column of this page, under the “Additional Resources” heading.