NGO Small Grants

U.S. Embassy Slovenia NGO Small Grants

The Embassy continues to offer grants for well-conceived and managed projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Slovenia. Eligible topics for projects are broadly defined to include democracy and human rights, security and defense issues, and economic and business development.   Successful proposals will strengthen understanding of the United States, including its society, politics, and values and support a priority theme listed below. New grantees with relevant, impactful proposals may be given preference over previous grantees.

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. Proposals, which outline an alternative virtual component. might be more competitive for the limited funding available.

EXAMPLE: A program proposal includes a lecture series on entrepreneurship for a variety of audiences. The proposal envisions an American professor visiting Slovenia to conduct in-person lectures. Ideally, due to current 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.

For this grant period, consideration will be given to project proposals focusing on the following themes:

  • Regional and Transatlantic Cooperation – promoting strong transatlantic relations, with an emphasis on the U.S.–Slovenian bilateral relationship
  • Economic Issues – especially entrepreneurship, innovation, economic reform, promotion of trade, women in STEAM
  • International Security, Counter Terrorism, and Defense Issues
  • Energy Security and Diversification
  • Environmental Issues – combating Climate Change, enhancing environmental preservation and sustainability
  • Digitalization, Cyber Security, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Countering Corruption, Good Governance, Strengthening Rule of Law, and Transparency
  • Independent Media and Investigative Journalism – including media literacy and combating disinformation
  • Human Rights – including tolerance, respect for diversity and inclusion, and support for historically marginalized communities and equal rights for all people
  • Education – to establish and deepen partnerships between scholars and educational institutions

What are we looking for in a proposal?

  • Programs that build and enhance relationships between Slovenia and the United States through bilateral cooperation, highlight shared values, and promote mutual understanding.
  • 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.


Slovenian not-for-profits/NGOs/social enterprises, Slovenian educational and research institutions and public entities. Projects must have a defined start and completion date.  If a project is done in collaboration with another organization, please provide a letter of support/commitment from the partner institution.


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.


Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Please follow the instructions below carefully, fill out all forms required, and submit your application only when it is complete.  Proposals will not be considered unless all information is received in hard copy and electronic form as stated below.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application is complete.  Proposals must be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation.  Budgets must be calculated in U.S. dollars.  Supporting documents may be in Slovene.  Cost-sharing and in-kind contributions must be documented in the grant proposal’s budget.

You may directly access the Application Guidelines and Forms below.

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.

More: FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity: NGO Small Grants Program – Open Competition (DOS-PAS-SLO-2022-002)

Please mail 1 hard copy of the completed application, with an original signature on the last page, to:

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Attn: Tanja Šuštaršič, Program Assistant for NGO Small Grants Program
Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Tel: (1) 200-55-00
Fax: (1) 426-42-84

In addition, please send one copy in electronic form to the following address:

The deadline for submitting proposals is April 18, 2022.

Compendium of Projects FY2020 (PDF 291 KB)


Complete applications which meet the criteria outlined above will be considered for full or partial funding by the Embassy NGO Small Grants Program Committee. Typically, grant awards range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Please understand that we receive many more good proposals than current resources allow us to fund.  Therefore, conformity with general guidelines, criteria, and basic conditions does not guarantee funding.  As this is a competitive application process, in the interest of fairness and impartiality, the Embassy is unable to give personalized assistance or advice to individual applicants and/or applying organizations.  Decisions will generally be communicated within two months after the application deadline.  Any award is subject to the availability of funds.