2016 U.S. Embassy Morocco Open Grants Competition

flag of the United States2016 U.S. Embassy Morocco Open Grants Competition

Application Guidelines


Galvanizing Youth to Protect the Environment

Deadline: March 1, 2016

As scientists, activists and elected officials across the world grapple with responding to climate change, it is more important than ever for youth to be integrally involved in finding solutions. Later this year Morocco will host COP 22, the world’s most important conference on the environment. In the lead up to this summit, the U.S. Embassy is looking for ideas that encourage youth to care for the environment in Morocco and we want to hear from you!

The purpose of the U.S. Embassy Open Grants Competition is to award small sums of funding for specific projects focused on galvanizing Moroccan youth to protect the environment. Successful projects will strengthen existing efforts or launch new efforts aimed at demystifying the negative impacts of climate change and give young people the tools to take a more active role in protecting and improving environmental conditions throughout Morocco.

In order for a project to be considered, the application must focus on specific pro-sustainability activities that involve Moroccan youth. Proposals must entail a clear action plan for how the project will be implemented and outline how the activities will bring about the intended results.

Activities can include workshops, trainings, sustained efforts to promote volunteerism, education campaigns, mentorship, advocacy efforts, or other activities that directly engage Moroccans age 25 years and below.

Grants will be awarded to registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Only registered non-governmental organizations will be eligible to receive funding.


● The maximum amount of a grant is 100,000 MAD. Proposals requesting more than 100,000 MAD will not be considered.

● U.S. and third-country organizations or nationals are not eligible for grants under this program.

● Funds cannot be used for: partisan political activity, humanitarian aid or charitable contributions, fund-raising campaigns, construction, international trips, or commercial activities.

● All proposals must be submitted to the Embassy by March 1, 2016 – no late proposals will be considered.

● All activities under the proposal must be completed by January 31, 2017.

Proposal Format:

● Proposals must use the U.S. Embassy Open Grants Proposal Template at the following link:


● Proposals must include the attached BUDGET FORM

● The budget must be submitted separately to Rabatopengrants@state.gov

● Proposals must be in English.

● Proposals and budget forms must include the organization’s name, address and the contact information for at least one individual from the organization in order to be considered.

● Finalists will be required to provide a copy of registration papers before funding can be approved.

● Proposals must list any previous grants received from international donors, including amount and donor.

● Equipment cannot account for more than 10% of the total cost.

● If other sponsors are already supporting the proposed activity, please list those additional sponsors and the amount of their contribution.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated according to the relevance of the proposed project to the theme, and the demonstration of a clear relationship between activities and intended results.. Added consideration will be given to:

● Projects that directly engage and inspire youth audiences outside of urban centers.

● Projects that are led by U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni.

● Projects that include youth with disabilities.

● Projects that have a clear plan for continuing environmental protection efforts after the grant period has concluded.

Click here for the Grant Application Form

Click here for the Grant Budget Form

If you have questions contact the U.S. Embassy at


Également disponible en: Anglais, Espagnol

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