Remembering the Marshall Plan
Special Grant Competition
As a part of its small grants program, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague is proud to announce a special competition to provide support for programs and projects to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan in the Netherlands. Programs and projects should fall into one of the following categories: education, public outreach, arts, and technology.
The U.S. Embassy in The Hague will consider grants with the following themes linking them to the Marshall Plan:
- Enhancing international security
- Strengthening economic prosperity
- Promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability
- Reinforcing shared values between the Dutch and American people
Grant proposals should range from $5,000 to $15,000. Preference will be given to individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior programs.
Please note that Embassy grants cannot be used to fund religious organizations or partisan political activity; individual trips abroad (i.e. out of the Netherlands); trade activities; fundraising campaigns; charitable activities; humanitarian aid; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development and operational costs of the organization; or representational expenses (lunch, alcoholic beverages, flowers, etc.).
The Embassy also cannot give grants to commercial or for-profit firms.
How to Apply for the Marshall Plan Special Grant Competition
Proposals will be evaluated after the submission deadline.
The deadline for proposal submissions:
- April 1, 2017 (midnight)
The proposals should be submitted via email, include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines. Each applicant will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt within three working days. If applicants do not receive a confirmation email, the proposal was not received. In this event, applicants are invited to contact the Office of Public Affairs. Please do not send printed materials and grant applications by regular mail; the Embassy accepts applications only in an electronic form.
Grant proposals will not be considered until all information is received. Proposals must be in English. Please address questions regarding grant applications to Grantsthehague@state.gov. Please title your email, “Marshall Plan Special Grant Competition.”
Failure to correctly fill out and submit the required information shall result in the application being rejected. Failure to submit the application on time shall result in the application being rejected.
Grant Selection Process
A committee comprised of embassy staff will meet to evaluate the proposals. Successful applicants will receive official grant forms and detailed instructions for follow-on administrative procedures.
Please understand that this is a competitive process and that the Embassy usually receives a large number of outstanding proposals. Any awards will be contingent upon available funding and will be limited. Simply submitting a good proposal does not guarantee that the Embassy can fund the project.
The recipient must submit a Final Report within 90 calendar days of the end of the period of performance delineated in the award. The report must be in English.
Financial records, supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the Final Report.
Failure to comply with the reporting requirements may jeopardize eligibility for future awards or will result in suspension of any future payments under this award until such time as this deficiency has been corrected.
These requirements apply for organizations whose projects will be selected for funding.
Organizations applying for assistance awards must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS number and register in SAM (System for Award Management) prior to being eligible to receive federal assistance funding.
Note: Awards to individuals are exempt from this requirement as are awards issued to foreign organizations for a one-time award (first time grantees) of less than $25,000.
Obtaining a DUNS number is free of charge as is the SAM registration. Any additional services offered during the registration process are not necessary and the applicant is under no obligation to sign up for them.