Grant Programs

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Embassy Kigali grants programs.

The U.S. government makes thousands of grant opportunities available around the world each year. The GRANTS.GOV system makes it faster, easier, and more cost effective for grant applicants to electronically interact with federal grant-making agencies. Learn more about grants basics and specific opportunities at GRANTS.GOV

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali also administers some grants directly. The Embassy hosted an “Introduction to Embassy Grants” workshop in November 2018. If you are interested in learning more about the basics of Embassy grants, you are welcome to watch the workshop video and review the summary PowerPoint presentation.

Different offices within the Embassy offer different types of grants opportunities. The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section administers small-to-medium grants that link the people of Rwanda and the United States and address public diplomacy priorities, including but not limited to English language learning, cultural programming, media development, inclusive messaging, empowerment of disadvantaged communities, etc.  Most Public Affairs Section grants are accepted on a rolling basis, but awards are concentrated between June and August.  Some Public Affairs Section grants, however, are tied to a specific “notice of funding opportunity” (NOFO) and come with a specific deadline. The Embassy’s Political-Economic section has no rolling or annual grant opportunities, but administers a wide variety of small-to-medium grants based on specific priorities. A new NOFO is publicized widely for each new opportunity, including on this page. Other sections of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali administer large grants to established partners. We publicize notice of these grants, as possible, but they are rarely of interest for small-to-medium-sized grantees.

Current U.S. Embassy Kigali Grant Opportunities

Name of grant Description Deadline
PAS Annual Program Statement The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions provided in the Annual Program Statement. June 30, 2021
Facilitating Virtual Access to U.S. Embassy Kigali Programs This is a Notice of Funding Opportunity soliciting proposals from organizations that seek to assist Rwandan youth, women, persons with disabilities, and other audiences to have virtual access to U.S. Embassy programs. Please carefully read this Notice of Funding Opportunity in its entirety and follow instructions to apply. January 30, 2021


Closed U.S. Embassy Kigali Grant Opportunities (Expired)

Name of grant Description Deadline
English for American Spaces youth patrons The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) invites requests for funding for programs to teach English to U.S. Embassy American Center youth patrons while at the same time strengthening ties between the United States and Rwanda. Successful requests for funding will offer English instruction for six months to one year in our American Center. August 15, 2020
U.S. College Preparatory Course 2021 The U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section (PAS) announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a college preparatory program which will assist low and middle income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover upfront cost of obtaining admission. The college preparatory course includes programs that support preparation for the SAT, TOEFL, and essay writing skills, key components of college access and a robust measure of college readiness among Rwandan high school students. July 22, 2020