Public Affairs Section Grants

u.s. embassy

Relevent Country: El Salvador

The U.S. Embassy San Salvador, Public Affairs Section, is seeking proposals for projects throughout the year in areas of mutual U.S.-Salvadoran interest, with a particular focus on improving security and creating economic opportunity.


 Priority subjects include programs to

  • Reducing illegal migration
  • professionalize the media
  • reduce violence
  • encourage entrepreneurship, economic growth and sustainable environmental practices
  • promote freedom of expression
  • empower women and youth
  • improve the teaching and learning of the English language
  • strengthen educational exchange
  • promote volunteerism with the support and participation of exchange program alumni


  • Examples of activities that are typically approved for funding include: public seminars and programs; professional development workshops and training for youth and underserved communities; cultural, professional and academic exchanges; academic and professional lectures, artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibits.
  • Examples of activities that typically are not approved for funding include scientific research; activities already underway; political campaigns; proposals lacking a strong American component.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations that qualify to receive U.S. grants, and have the ability to develop and implement projects in El Salvador.  Commercial entities are ineligible.  Examples of qualifying organizations could include El Salvador based civil-society organizations, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and educational/academic institutions.
  • Proposals can include, but are not limited to, seminars, conferences, workshops, cultural (e.g. art, music, dance, theater) programs, exhibitions, and outreach campaigns. Proposals should focus on raising awareness of citizens’ roles and responsibilities and citizen participation in reaching these goals.
  • Proposals must include an American (U.S.) component, such as speakers/experts who are U.S. citizens; the use of American training models or materials, exchanges with American institutions; promotion of American culture and practices, and the teaching or learning of English.


Evaluation Criteria

Goals and Objectives: The project is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results. The project addresses objectives in Section II. The applying organization demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provide milestones to indicate progress.

Organizational Capacity: The organization demonstrates expertise and the ability to perform the proposed activities. Where project partners are included, the applicant details each partner’s role, provides information on partner organizations and on all persons responsible for the project and its financial administration.

Budget and Narrative: The budget and narrative are complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The plan for services and related cost estimates are realistic.

Monitoring and Evaluation: The proposal outlines how program success and impact will be determined, and may include pre- and post-program analysis.