Small Grants Program

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U.S. Embassy BSB’s Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Office of U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. Grants or Cooperative Agreements supports nonprofit, non-governmental organizations from all over Brunei Darussalam to implement innovative initiatives that support priority themes in Brunei.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for small grants of up to a maximum of B$12, 000.  Grants are to be implemented in Brunei Darussalam over an implementation period of one to two years.  Proposals are evaluated at intervals throughout the calendar year. Interested Organizations are encouraged to submit proposals in one of the following priority themes:

  • Environment – initiatives that support or highlighting global environment events such as International Coastal Clean-Up Day, Earth Day, or similar.
  • Civic Education – education initiatives that support shared values, ideals, or rights.
  • Civil Society Development – initiatives that support capacity building of civil society organizations in the delivery of essential services in coordination with government institutions.
  • Culture and Arts – initiatives that support culture with a direct connection to the United States, including arts and performance.

The applicant organization should have a demonstrated ability to manage and implement donor-funded projects with adequately functional management systems.

Please note that Embassy grants cannot be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad; trade activities; fundraising campaigns; humanitarian aid; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development and operational costs of the organization; or representational expenses (lunch, alcoholic beverages, flowers etc.). The Embassy also cannot give grants to commercial firms/ for-profit firms.

To apply: Please, submit the SF424 Request for Federal Assistance Form individual or organization and send it electronically as an attachment to EmbassyBruneiPAS@state.gov. The proposals should be submitted via email, include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines. Each applicant will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt within three working days. We will also invite applicants to come and meet with us for a brief discussion on the project. Grant proposals will not be considered until all information is received.

A committee comprised of U.S. Embassy Public Affairs staff will meet periodically during the year and will evaluate individual proposals after each grants round. The results will be announced within one month after the committee meeting. Successful applicants will receive official grant forms and detailed instructions for follow on administrative procedures.  Please understand that this is a competitive process and that the Embassy may receive a number of outstanding proposals. Funding for small grants is limited, which means that simply submitting a good proposal does not guarantee that the Embassy can fund the project.

The recipient must submit a Narrative Report within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award.

Financial records, supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final financial report.

Failure to comply with the reporting requirements may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until such time as this deficiency has been corrected.

These requirements apply for organizations whose projects will be selected by the grants committee. Organizations applying for assistance awards must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Number, NCAGE Code and register in SAM (System for Award Management) prior to being eligible to receive federal assistance funding.  Note: Awards to individuals are exempt from this requirement.

To obtain a DUNS number, go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform it takes up to 5 business days to obtain an international DUNS number

To obtain a NCAGE Code, go to https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx. Make sure the name and address information you provide to get your NCAGE code is the same as what you used to get your DUNS number. It takes up to 3 business days.

SAM registrations is available at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ 

Obtaining a DUNS number is free of charge as well as the SAM registration. Any additional services offered during the registration process are not necessary and the applicant is under no obligation to sign up for them.