Cultural Grants

U.S. Embassy Slovenia Cultural Grants Program

I.  General Description 

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Ljubljana represents the Embassy vis-a-vis the Government of Slovenia in official business related to culture; promotes the values and culture of American society; conducts information and cultural programs on behalf of the U.S. Government, presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences; and administers United States government involvement in cultural activities between Slovenia and the United States.

Each year, the Public Affairs Section devotes a certain amount of funding towards encouraging and promoting cultural and artistic cooperation, collaboration and exchange between the United States and Slovenia.  This allows us to conduct, a competition for cultural grants funding.

PLEASE NOTE: This year we only have ONE round of competition for cultural grants funding.

Funding for cultural grants is decided through a competitive application process, and each proposal is voted on by an Embassy committee.   Please understand that we receive many more good proposals than our resources allow us to fund, which means that simply submitting a good proposal does not guarantee that the Embassy can fund your project.  Special consideration will be given to projects that include a component on human rights (to include tolerance, respect for diversity, and support for historically marginalized communities) and/or youth engagement, volunteerism, and active citizenship. Additionally, since this is a competition, in the interest of a fair and impartial process, the Embassy is unable to give personalized assistance or advice to individual applicants and/or applying organizations.  However, we have put together some of our most frequently asked questions in Section IV below, to assist applicants in putting together their proposals.  Any award is subject to the availability of funds.

PLEASE NOTE: We recognize that the requirement for all program proposals to include a significant American component may be challenging in some cases given current restrictions that preclude Americans from traveling to Slovenia. We encourage prospective grant partners to be creative about leveraging of virtual resources and capitalizing on local expertise during this Grants cycle. Due to concerns over Covid, proposals which outline potential virtual components may be more competitive for the limited funding available.

EXAMPLE: A cultural program proposes a lecture series on American history for young schoolchildren. The primary program proposal envisions an American history teacher visiting Slovenia to conduct in-person lectures and teacher training for two weeks. Ideally, under the circumstances, the proposal should also include a backup plan to use video conferencing in lieu of international travel to conduct the lecture tour, in the event that COVID-19 travel restrictions make international travel impossible.

What are we looking for in a proposal?

  • Programs that build and enhance relationships between Slovenia and the United States through bilateral cooperation, promote shared heritage and values, and promote mutual understanding.
  • Programs that showcase diversity of American culture. For example, cultural programs where an American artist participates or is celebrated, programs that reach young people, and programs that raise awareness on important topics.
  • Sustainable projects with strong merit and clearly defined goals and outcomes.
  • Projects that include acknowledgement of U.S. Embassy support and a plan to amplify our cooperation via traditional or digital media.

II. How to Apply for a Grant

You will need to submit the following items by the relevant application deadline:

Important Note: There are no fees associated with registration, or other steps in the application or grant management process. Organizations offering to facilitate applications for a fee are not endorsed by, or affiliated with, the U.S. Government.

Detailed APPLICATION GUIDELINES

More: FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity: Cultural Grants Program – Open Competition (DOS-PAS-SLO-2022-001)

Please send your entire proposal package (completed application form with an original signature on the last page, as well as Proposal Narrative) to the following address:

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Attn: Mateja Jurič
Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: (01) 200 55-00

You should also send one (1) copy to the following e-mail address:
CulturalGrantsLju@state.gov.

Deadline for submitting proposals is APRIL 1, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: This year we only have ONE round of competition for cultural grants funding.

Compendium of Projects FY2019 (PDF 624 KB)

Grant proposals should include all of the information requested in the Application Guidelines. Proposals will not be considered unless all information is received. Proposals should be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Budgets must be calculated in USD. Supporting documents may be in Slovenian.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to fill in all sections of the application form, provide the written narrative, and submit the complete package by the posted deadline, in order for the application to be considered. For an application to be deemed complete, full support material (including press kit, photos, videos, CDs and/or DVDs) must be submitted by mail to the address listed above by the appropriate deadline. Applicants should also attach a CV, resume or personal history of the participants from the United States who will be engaged in the project.

The Public Affairs Section welcomes proposals from alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs.  Priority consideration will be given to alumni who:

  • Cooperate with other alumni to implement the grant.
  • Share with a wider community the knowledge or skills gained in the exchange program or training
  • Explain how the project will enhance alumni professional development

III. General Eligibility and Criteria for all Applications

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy provides grants to American or Slovene groups and individuals for the promotion of the American culture abroad. These are governed by general eligibility guidelines and criteria outlined below, which supersede all previous ones.

Applications will be accepted from professional artists and professionals in the cultural field who are American or Slovene citizens and from not-for-profit arts or cultural organizations or institutions registered in the United States of America or in Slovenia.

The evaluation of applications will be based on artistic quality, fiscal responsibility, cost-effectiveness, American content, length and variety of the proposed project and the relevance of the locations to U.S. current foreign and trade policy and, finally, the ability of the applicant to undertake an international project.

Projects must also meet the following basic conditions:

• demonstrated high standards of professional artistic quality;

• interest abroad from reputable and credible presenters or organizations. All applications must include basic information on these presenters and their relevance to future projects;

• demonstrated cost-effectiveness in terms of the number of performances, planning, itinerary and over-all budget;

• realistic revenues generated from fees paid to the artist by the local presenters on top of any box office split or contribution to local expenses; and

• all applications must include a brief history of the artist or company and information on the proposed project including repertoire. This information must be supplied no matter how many other applications have been filed previously. Applications not containing this information will be considered incomplete.

Conformity with General Guidelines and Criteria and basic conditions does not guarantee funding.

IV. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 84 KB)