Small Grants Program

PLEASE NOTE: Fiscal year 2023 Small Grants program is currently closed and will be opened again from January through April 2024.


The Embassy Small Grants Program funds unique and creative projects of $20,000 or less that enhance U.S.- Estonian cooperation or promote U.S. culture and values in at least one of the following areas:

  • Strengthen European and Transatlantic Security (including support for NATO, cyber issues, and other shared security challenges, as well as to counter disinformation)
  • Confront Global Challenges and Advance Common Goals (including support for collaboration across the region and around the world to promote common goals and amplify shared values)
  • Enhance Economic Cooperation and Resilience, Innovation, and Investment (including support for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics “STEAM”, countering climate change, and promoting entrepreneurship and economic development amongst women and underrepresented communities)
  • Promote Shared Values and Democratic Principles across Communities (including support for diversity, equity, and inclusion, social cohesion and integration, and human rights, as well as projects that highlight the breadth and depth of the U.S.-Estonia partnership)

Applications may be submitted by non-profit organizations, educational institutions, or individuals. For-profit, commercial entities or individuals acting on behalf of these enterprises are not eligible.

Applications must be in English and should be submitted AT LEAST 90 days prior to the start of the project via email to

While applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis by the Embassy’s Grants Committee, priority will be given to projects submitted by the deadline announced in January 2024.

To propose a project, the requesting organization or individual must submit the Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 and the SF424A Budget form (available in the right-hand menu). In case the forms do not open immediately, save them and use the “Enable All Features” button on the right.

  • In order for the Embassy’s Grants Committee to full review your project, we strongly encourage applicants to also submit the Preliminary Grant Proposal Form (also available in the right-hand menu) or provide a similar project description and budget narrative.

To be eligible for a U.S. Government grant, an organization or institution must have an active status in the SAM database. Guidelines for registration are provided in the right-hand menu — please begin with the SAM Entity-Checklist and open the link to Financial Assistance Awards Only.

  • NOTE: All organizations, including those who have previously received a U.S. Government grant, need to register or renew their registration in each year.

The Embassy adheres to the U.S. Government rules and regulations pertaining to grants administration.


The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to register or use the system. You can use SAM for free to:

• Register to do business with the U.S. government
• Update or renew your entity registration
• Check status of an entity registration
• Search for entity registration and exclusion records

Unfortunately, malicious actors actively contact institutions registered in SAM to offer their services for a fee. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from SAM-registered entities for assistance with unfinished application, status renewal, or status change transactions. While entities may receive an e-mail from the U.S government reminding them of the status renewal, the correspondence will never ask for any payment.

If you or your organization receive a suspicious e-mail, please share this immediately with your contacts at the U.S. Embassy or forward the letter to

Thank you.