Subawards: Small Project Assistance

Our small project assistance grants (subawards) support local community development initiatives across the Americas. They build bridges across borders, exchange expertise and partner with communities to create lasting change. Projects are often an outcome of a travel exchange. 

Funds are available to support member-led community development projects that are planned and executed in collaboration with local partners. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

  • 15 small project assistance grants awarded in 2021.


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The application is open from January 15 to February 28. To learn more about this opportunity, watch our recorded webinar: Introduction to Education and Culture - Building Impactful Partnerships.  

Additional information and resources can be found below.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • All applicants and project activities must be in the Western Hemisphere.
  • All applicants must be a Partners Chapter or Affiliate Organization or Implementing partner (Organization that will support Partners program implementation) and have a DUNS number. (Individuals should apply through their organization)
  • The projects must meet one of the competition's themes.
  • Cost-Share must match the funds requested in the Education and Culture Sub-award funding.
  • Activities should take place after June 1, 2022 and conclude prior to August 31, 2022 and include no extensions.
  • Funding cannot be used for any activities or expenses incurred before or after your grant period.

This year's themes:

  • Art and Community: Projects highlight and/or seek to improve racial, economic or gender disparities through art and community engagement. Initiatives may involve building mentorship programs to promote social change, engaging community members in active self-expression as a means of civic or community engagement, and/or amplifying the voices and issues of underrepresented communities.
    • Example: Mostra (Implementing Chapters: Brazil and Illinois) - This project showed films to facilitate discussions about race, gender, and other social issues. 
  • Inclusive Economic Growth: Projects promote strong and inclusive economic growth as a means to provide access to opportunities to prosper in life, strengthening the success of individuals and the larger community. Projects should include financial and/or digital literacy education to empower women, young people, people with disabilities, indigenous populations or other underrepresented communities.
    • Example: Youth Employment Program (Implementing Chapter - Cochabamba, Bolivia) - This project empowered youth by supporting their economic and professional growth. The Chapter improved employability by strengthening digital literacy skills, job search preparation, and more. 
  • Sustainability and Environmental Development: Projects support sustainability and environmental growth for communities impacted by natural disasters or climate change. Projects should actively engage participants, rather than solely build infrastructure.  Projects may promote sustainable development through mentorship, the sharing of multi-community expertise, or other awareness campaign to connect communities and authorities. Note that we cannot fund high-risk trainings such as fire fighting. 
    • Example: Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian rainforest  provided field-based environmental education for school children for youth and community empowerment (Implementing Organization: Amigos de Iracambi Inc.).

Application Resources:

  • Upcoming Sessions:
    • Education to Culture Sub-Award Competition 2022 and Building Impactful Partnerships (Zoom) - Wednesday, January 12, 2022. In this session, you'll learn about the novelties of the Education and Culture 2022 competition as well as how to leverage the Partners community and beyond to build a strong proposal. View the recording here
    • Intro to Submission Portal (WizeHize) (Zoom) - Tuesday, January 18, 2022. In this session, learn how to create a profile and proposal for an Education and Culture sub-award on the new virtual platform, WizeHive. Register here
    • Budget Creation and Management (Zoom) - Thursday, January 20, 2022. Creating a budget is hard. So is managing one. Join us to learn how to create a competitive budget proposal and how to stick to it, document it, and submit accurate financial reporting after your sub-award. Register here
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Funding Guidelines and Instructions for the Budget Template 



The Education and Culture program is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.