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Each chosen proposal will receive between $100,000 and up to a maximum of $250,000.
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U.S. government offers $750,000 non-refundable funds

Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen government institutions through civil society engagement.

According to the Embassy, the goal is to issue awards in an amount not to exceed $750,000 in Economic Support Funds (ESF), pending availability of funding.

Each chosen proposal will receive between $100,000 and up to a maximum of $250,000. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 22, 2021.

The anticipated start date for the chosen proposal is September 30, 2021, and project periods should not exceed two years. 

The U.S. Department of State is under no obligation to fund any of the proposals submitted under this funding opportunity.

This assistance will support United States government objectives and are accomplished through the promotion of prosperity, and improvement of governance under the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).

Within Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama), the United States works with partner nations to strengthen institutions to counter the effects of organized crime, uphold the rule of law, and protect human rights.

Institution building is coupled with prevention projects that dissuade at-risk youth from turning to crime and gangs and community policing projects that engage local communities on citizen security issues.

U.S. Embassy San José invites qualified U.S. non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or non U.S.-based NGOs, and U.S. and non U.S.-based public and private institutions of higher education to submit proposals that include an implementation strategy focused on: Strong, Capable and Accountable Governments through Governance, an objective of U.S. assistance for Central America.

Proposals should be oriented toward activities by civil society organizations working with governments to improve the delivery of government services, particularly to vulnerable and/or marginalized communities and in areas outside of the Central Valley but within Costa Rica.

The proposals will assist or complement central/local/municipal government efforts to increase and improve services. Proposals should facilitate citizens’ abilities to hold the government accountable for its responsibilities. Proposals cannot provide direct support to the central, regional, or municipal governments of Costa Rica.

U.S. Embassy San José reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted and will determine the resulting level of funding for the award.

Eligible organizations interested in applying should reach more information by calling the U.S. Embassy line (506) 2519-2000 or visiting the  U.S. Government Grants site.

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