The U.S. Embassy Apia Small Grants Scheme is a small competitive program offering grants of up to USD $5,000 to indigenous non-government organizations to strengthen democracy, engage youth, promote U.S.-Samoa links, address environmental and health issues, advance science and technology, increase respect for civil society and the rule of law, advance human rights and women’s rights.
- Non-governmental organizations may submit proposals for up to USD $5,000. Priority is given to grants that advance democratic practices, including development of civil society; foster freedom of information and independent media; support NGO capacity building; advance rule of law and judicial reform; promote civic education; prioritize human rights; and advocate for equal rights for minorities or women. Grants focused on environmental and health issues will also be considered. Grants which engage youth and have a U.S. component are encouraged.
- Grants CANNOT be made to individuals, but ONLY to non-governmental organizations that demonstrate long-term sustainability beyond the proposed program activity. State-Owned Enterprises may submit proposals for projects related to the thematic areas mentioned above. Third-country organizations and individuals are not eligible.
- Priority will be given to proposals with innovative project ideas. Grants will not normally be approved for multi-year projects, but past recipients of Embassy Apia Small Grants will be considered for new one-year projects.
- The proposal should disclose any other partnering organizations or co-funding for the project/program.
- Small grant proposals may include modest administrative expenses, including honoraria/partial salaries of grant implementers, but only when they are directly linked to the conduct of the specific grant program. General operating expenses, long-term infrastructure costs and undefined miscellaneous or “overhead” expenses are not acceptable.
- Grant funds may not be used to fund travel to international conferences, nor may they be used primarily for food and drink expenses.
- Grant funds may be used to train trainers, but they may not be used to provide direct social services.
- Grant funds may be used for seminars and workshops, but proposals must describe the expected audience, content, and timeframe, and justify the activity in terms of outcome and benefits.
- Grant funds may be used for the publication of materials, but proposals must describe the audience, content and means of distribution.