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
Africa Regional Democracy Fund (ARDF) – Supporting Investigative Journalism in Rwanda U.S. Embassy Kigali and the U.S. Department of State announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to promote responsive governance and accountability with respect to local communities’ priorities by providing training and support for more thorough investigative journalism via a variety of platforms. For details, please carefully follow all instructions provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). August 20, 2022

 

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

Name of grant Description Deadline
Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund U.S. Embassy Kigali and the U.S. Department of State announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to support their local communities.  All projects should be community based, locally initiated, and foster community self-reliance.  Please carefully follow all instructions provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Cover Sheet
July 25, 2022
(Expired) 
U.S. College Preparatory Program    The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda (PAS Kigali) announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out the U.S. college preparatory program.  This program will assist academically qualified and highly motivated low and middle income students in Rwanda who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack financial resources to cover upfront costs of obtaining admission, as well as access to information to better their educational future. For details, please carefully follow all instructions provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). June 30, 2022
(Expired)
PAS Annual Program Statement The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda (PAS Kigali) is pleased to announce that we are accepting grants proposals for our FY22 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, 2022
(Expired)
Youth Leadership Mentoring Program The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda (PAS Kigali) announces an open competition for Rwandan organizations to submit proposals for a year-long mentorship program t promote youth participation in community service, volunteerism, good governance, and citizen-centered governance initiatives.  Under this project, a grantee will collaborate with PAS Kigali to build upon the citizenship participation skills of a cohort of Rwandan youth leaders so they may follow their dreams to constructively engage in policy processes at the community level or other levels. For details please read the full notice of funding opportunity. May 30, 2022 (Expired)
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda (PAS Kigali) announces an open competition for organizations to submit proposals to carry out the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, which promotes women’s empowerment through the “DreamBuilder: Helping Women Entrepreneurs Transform Ideas into Enterprise” online platform.  Under this project, a grantee will collaborate with PAS Kigali to host sessions with aspiring women entrepreneurs between the ages of 20-35.  Successful applicants will include workshops/sessions to be conducted by expert facilitator(s) and will employ the DreamBuilder online entrepreneurial skill building course, which was designed specifically for women. For details, read the full notice of funding opportunity. May 26, 2022 (Expired)
Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund The U.S. Embassy in Kigali of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to support their local communities by 1) providing assistive services to people with disabilities, 2) improving access to clean water, or 3) strengthening income-generating activities by using innovative products (high-tech or low-tech) or adding value to products. Grants may range from 1,000 USD to 15,000 USD. Organizations comprised of and supporting people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For details, please carefully read the Notice of Funding Opportunity August 17, 2021 (Expired)
Advocacy on Expropriation Compensation in Rwanda The U.S. Embassy in Kigali announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to improve expropriation and compensation processes and practices by engaging the Rwandan government institutions involved in expropriation, increasing citizens’ understanding of their rights in cases of expropriation, and establishing a mechanism to assist poor citizens to challenge land valuations in cases of expropriation. The goal of the project is to empower citizens to advocate for their individual land rights related to expropriation and advocate for broader policy and procedural changes as needed. For details, please carefully read the Notice of Funding Opportunity. August 9, 2021 (Expired)
Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to improve fiscal transparency of the central government and state-owned enterprises. The overall objective of the grant is to expand the amount of publicly available budget information and increase the public’s capacity to analyze it. On the supply side, the project will seek to encourage the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Parliament, and local governments to make pre- and post-budget enactment information available. It will also aim to encourage the government to provide feedback on inputs from the public. On the demand side, the project will strengthen the capacity of CSOs, media, and community-based institutions to engage in budget preparation and demand accountability. For details, please carefully read the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

August 3, 2021 (Expired)
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 (Expired)
U.S. College Preparatory Course 2022 U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda will fund a university preparatory course for academically qualified and highly motivated students in Rwanda. The college preparatory program 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 EducationUSA Advising Center at U.S. Embassy Kigali works with the students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. For details, read carefully the NOFO. May 31, 2021
(Expired)
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
(Expired)
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
(Expired)
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
(Expired)