Small Grants Program
The American Center also administers a Small Grants Program to support diverse projects which promote U.S. cultural traditions for Lithuanian audiences and promote academic exchanges between the two countries. Proposals are also welcome on initiatives building support for democracy and increasing respect for civil society, including human rights and civic education, transparency in government and prevention of corruption, women's empowerment and women's rights, public awareness, tolerance for disadvantaged minorities, alleviation of urgent social issues, for example, domestic violence or bullying at schools.
Small grants may be awarded to non-governmental and non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. Proposals should be submitted in English, using grant application forms below.
Filled application forms should be signed, scanned and sent electronically to the Cultural Affairs Specialist Inga Sidrys (SidrysI@state.gov). Applications are welcome throughout the year and are reviewed monthly by Public Affairs Section and the Ambassador. Proposals are selected according to their compliance with the program criteria and funding availability.
Overall Impact Reviewers will judge the projects on the basis of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the community where it is undertaken. Does the project address an important gap of understanding or need? If the aim of the project is achieved, how will knowledge or practice be improved?
Participants Are young people actively involved in the work and learning from what they do? Does the proposal address how young people will be recruited/attracted to the project, or how the results will be distributed to youth audiences?
Innovation Does the application challenge and seek to shift current understanding of an issue or a common view?
Approach Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific goal of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
For more information about the American Center Small Grant Program, please contact Cultural Affairs Specialist Inga Sidrys:
Tel: +370 5 266 5453