Public Affairs Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Small Grants Program at the U.S. Embassy Manama provides limited funding to support activities that promote U.S.-Bahrain bilateral relations in the following priority areas:

  • Institutional linkages between academic or nonprofit organizations to enhance bilateral partnerships through the promotion of education, the access and use of technology, sports, and partnerships.
  • Promote cultural exchange and enhance understanding of our shared history, traditions, and values through innovative means.


Application Process

Bahraini Citizens (Individuals), Bahraini non-profit organizations and institutions, and U.S. non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Please complete the proposal template along with a detailed budget narrative  and send your application electronically to Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.

NOTE: Once a project is approved, the administrative process to receive funds takes a minimum of two months.  As such, proposals tied to a specific date or event, should take this timeline into account.


Review and Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated against the following criteria, completeness, coherence, clarity, relevance to the priority themes listed above, the project’s link to the United States, and soundness of the project’s budget, which will help us to assess the quality of the proposed project and its likelihood of its success.


Other Criteria we will consider

Goals and Objectives: The project is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving results.

Strengths and Innovation: Applicant clearly describes how the proposal will accomplish its goals within the proposed time-frame and articulates an innovative strategy.

Organizational Capacity: The organization has expertise in one or more of the thematic priorities and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities. The applicant details each partner’s respective role and provides curriculum vitas (CVs) for persons responsible for the project and financial administration.

Budget and Budget Justification: The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results, and the plan for services is realistic and allowable.


Upon Selection of Your Proposal

If your project is selected, your organization will then need to obtain:

A DUNS number. The DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identifier that identifies an organization. It can be requested prior to learning about the selection. Please note that the Embassy cannot apply for a DUNS number on behalf of an organization. Note: Information on how to apply for a DUNS number can be found on the Dun & Bradstreet Individual recipients do not need a DUNS number.

An NCAGE code designation on the NSPA website.

Once these two steps have been completed, the organization must also register in the System for Award Management. Applicants cannot receive grants until these steps are complete.


Reporting Requirements:

Recipients of the Embassy’s cultural and educational grants are required to submit a Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and a Narrative Report within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award.

Some grants may also require quarterly reports. Grantees will be informed of their reporting responsibilities when the grant is awarded. Failure to comply with the reporting responsibilities may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until this obligation has been met.

The Public Affairs Small Grants Program, except under very rare circumstances, funds grants under $25,000. Grants will be awarded based on funding availability.