Notice of Funding Opportunity: Promoting Democracy and Recovery Post-Pandemic

The U.S. Embassy Copenhagen of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program (or project) to increase understanding of American democratic principles, technological innovation in business, and cultural values to promote economic recovery and a more resilient society in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total Amount Available: Up to $50,000

Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2020

Funding is available for programs that have one or more of the following themes:

1) The 2020 United States Presidential Election – Programs such as seminars, election night events, or speaking engagements focusing on informing Kingdom of Denmark audiences about the American election, the procedures involved, and the democratic values that infuse the election process. Programs should approach the election from a non-partisan angle. Applicants are encouraged to be flexible and account for the possibility of a fully virtual program or a program with a virtual element.

An example of a program could be an election night event targeted primarily toward youth or the media with American in-person or virtual speakers, and a debate. In-person events should be structured to include virtual participation and remote viewing by additional audiences when feasible. Grant funds could be used for rental of conference space, rental of streaming equipment, speakers’ travel expenses and honoraria, as well as staff hours.

2) Hack the Crisis! – Programs similar in structure to a hackathon with elements of a design sprint-like event. The theme should address the issues created by the COVID-19 crisis creatively through technology. Ideas should be developed to solve real problems with technological solutions and incorporate an American component, such as a participating American speaker or subject matter expert. The hackathon’s list of issue areas should be inspired by the areas most likely to see the biggest challenges during the pandemic, such as crisis response, economic and small business recovery (including tourist, cultural institutions, restaurants, and the food service and delivery sector), education, health, and transportation solutions. Applicants are encouraged to be flexible and account for the possibility of a fully virtual program or a program with a virtual element.

An example of a program could be a Hackathon focused on finding creative solutions to problems created by the crisis, such as the public health concerns and shared physical items in a community. Participants could include students of engineering, IT development, manufacturing, event design etc. Both participants and experts should be able to attend both in-person and virtually pending official guidelines and personal preference. Grant funds could be used for rental of conference space, rental of streaming equipment, purchase of construction materials such as plexiglass, international participants’ travel expenses, as well as staff hours.

3) Virtual Adaptation for Cultural and Tourism Entities – Projects that leverage American expertise and institutional knowledge to adapt cultural and tourism programs and activities to a new virtual environment that is more accessible in light of social distancing requirements and large gathering restrictions. Project locations can be either existing exhibitions or experiences that with the help of technology can be moved to a virtual space, or tourism experiences that can be introduced to an online audience

An example of a program could be an established museum looking to digitize their collection through the help of U.S. experts to make it available to a virtual audience. Grant funds could be used for rental of digitizing equipment, development of a web platform, travel expenses and honoraria for U.S. experts, as well as staff hours.

For further details about requirements and limitations, please see the attached NOFO announcement in the sidebar.

For further details about the grant application process, please visit our Small Grant Program page.