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 and send your application electronically to ManamaPAO@state.gov. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. Proposals must be submitted at least 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the program. 

Review and Selection Process

Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated against the following criteria designed to assess the quality of the proposed project and its likelihood of its success.

  • 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.

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