Small Grants Program

Through the Public Affairs small grants program, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen provides partial support for artistic and cultural performances, educational initiatives and non-governmental organization (NGO) projects whose aim is to promote and deepen the understanding and appreciation of American foreign policy and culture.

The Embassy elicits proposals with outstanding merit that support the U.S. Government’s broad goals of fostering mutual cooperation. In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will give consideration to the full range and diversity of Danish organizations – cultural, NGO and educational – and will seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences in Denmark.  Applications for the Small Grants Program should not exceed $15,000.

Deadlines for proposals are:

  • November 30, 2018
  • February 28, 2019
  • May 31, 2019
  • August 31, 2019

Note: the U.S. government is presently operating under a Continuing Resolution and therefore the Embassy reserves the right to postpone awards pending the availability of appropriated funds.

Submission Criteria:

  • All applications must be submitted electronically to CopenhagenGrants@state.gov by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.
  • All proposals must be submitted in English.
  • All applications must be complete and submitted in the correct (most recent) application template.
  • Applications in a different template will not be accepted. Please read our instructions on how to fill in the application form.
  • All applications must have a detailed budget.
  • Applicants must confirm their non–profit status; no for-profit entities will be considered.

Evaluation Criteria:

Preference will be given to institutions and individuals with a proven track record of executing superior events, workshops and programs.

Applications should have an American component. Projects incorporating an American speaker, artist, performer, author, etc., are considered stronger.

Applications requesting Embassy co-financing are considered stronger.

Applications should focus on one or more of the Embassy’s priority themes and initiatives (see below):

  • Cultural programing (music, dance, film, theatre, photography, etc.)
  • Democracy, Good Governance, and Rule of law
  • Educational initiatives (English language and American studies)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Environment, Science and Technology, and Health
  • Energy Security
  • Gender or LGBT Equality
  • Human Rights, Minority Integration and Strengthening of Civil Society
  • Countering Disinformation and Encouraging Media Literacy
  • Countering Violent Extremism

How to Apply for a Small Grant

Please submit your proposals to CopenhagenGrants@state.gov by the deadline.

The U.S. Embassy receives a number of proposals, of which we are able to support a percentage, contingent upon available funds.

To make your application more competitive, please be brief, clear and to the point. We appreciate your interest in the Small Grants Program and wish you the best of luck! Please read our instructions on how to fill in the application form.

Embassy Small Grants Cannot Fund

Please note that Embassy grants CANNOT be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad (i.e. out of Denmark) trade activities; fundraising campaigns; charitable activities; 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.

If you have questions during the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at CopenhagenGrants@state.gov.