Democracy Commission Small Grants Program (PAS)

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2020


The deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 18:00.


U.S. Embassy Tbilisi announces an open competition for Democracy Commission Small Grants Program (DemCom).  The United States initiated it in 1994 as a flexible mechanism to enable embassies to support local democratic initiatives in the countries of Central, Eastern Europe, and the post-Soviet States.

The implementing body at each mission is the Democracy Commission, chaired by the Deputy Chief of Mission and including the Public Affairs Officer, other members of the Country Team, and representatives of U.S. Government agencies.

Program Objectives:

The purpose of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is to award grants for specific projects that support democracy, enhance the development of democratic institutions and foster education of civil society in Georgia. Grants will be awarded to non-governmental, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and media organizations based and registered in Georgia.

The maximum amount of a grant is $50,000 per project.

The project proposals must address at least one of the following themes:

  • Economic Growth (example: encouraging entrepreneurship, stimulating regional growth through tourism development – mountain tourism, food, and art tourism, eco-tourism);
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (example: women empowerment, integration of people with disabilities, inclusive education, protecting children’s ‘rights and welfare);
  • Civic Engagement and More Informed Citizenry (example: NGO capacity building, enhanced cooperation between government and non-state actors through NGO/CSO/government partnerships, supporting public-private partnerships, media literacy, cybersecurity, youth engagement in Tech camps and cyber education, stimulating critical thinking among youth, enhancement of media schools and teaching of journalism);
  • Conflict Resolution and Tolerance (example: dialogue and reconciliation of disputes, regional stability, peace education).

 Length of performance period: up to 12 months

Application Submission:  From December 27, 2019, to March 17, 2020
The number of awards anticipated: Depending on budget request award amounts.
Award amounts: The maximum amount of a grant is $50,000 per project.
Type of Funding: FY19/20 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act
Anticipated program start date: September 2020
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less


Eligible  Applicants: 

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Georgian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
  • Higher Education Institutions;
  • Independent media outlets registered in Georgia.

Other Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on Please see Section D.4 for information on how to obtain these registrations.

Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost share is not required.


 Address to Request Application Package: Application forms required below are available on the righthand side menu Additional Ressources.

Content and Form of Application Submission: Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in S. dollars and exclude VAT.
  1. Please e-mail one (1) copy of a completed application in the electronic form to
    Please indicate DemCom Program 2020 in the email subject line
  2. Please deliver one (1) copy of the application package to the U.S. Embassy at the following address: 

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy
29 US-Georgia Friendship Ave. Didi Digomi
0131, Tbilisi, Georgia

The following documents are required:

Application forms required below are available on the righthand side menu Additional Ressources.

  1. Mandatory application forms
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
  • SF-424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
  • Application form
  • The most recent CV of project team leader
  • Support Letters

Important note:

  • The application package must be archived only into ZIP Archive. RAR Archived packages will not be accepted.
  • Organizations applying for awards are required to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and to register in the System for Award Management (  Applicants failing to meet these criteria will not be eligible for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program.  Registration instructions are enclosed as a powerpoint presentation.

Information Days with the U.S. Embassy Grant Managers:


  • Monday, February 3, 17:00
  • Thursday, February 20, 13:00
  • Monday, March 2, 16:00

Address: American Corner in the Youth Palace Tbilisi, #6 Rustaveli Ave.