U.S. Embassy Nassau invites high school students from throughout The Bahamas to apply to participate in the Youth Ambassadors Program. Through this program Caribbean youth, ages 15-18 and adult mentors, gain the knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities. This year the program is virtual and will explore themes such as: civic education, leadership, cross-cultural connections and community service.

The goals of the program are to promote mutual understanding between students in the United States and the Caribbean; prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups as well as create networks of youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.

The virtual exchange program will be held July 26-August 27, 2021.  There will be two cohorts, with program days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Youth Ambassadors Program will be intensive, and highly interactive. Students and educators will participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, virtual meetings with community leaders, and participate in leadership development exercises. The follow-on community projects will take place throughout The Bahamas shortly after the virtual program is completed.There is no application fee.  Questions may be addressed to:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY.  Application deadline is April 12, 2021.

For additional information, click here. (PDF 3 MB)

U.S. Embassy Nassau Public Affairs Small Grant Application

The Public Affairs Section has a small grants program designed to assist Bahamian organizations in carrying out programs directly related to increasing the capacity of Bahamian civil society to work in areas of mutual interest such as, citizen security, youth leadership and development, education, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, economic development, cultural exchange, and civic activism.

Strong proposals engage and inspire underserved Bahamian youth to be positive forces of change in their community; cultivate skill development; foster a sense of community among Bahamians; and help improve the bilateral relationship between The Bahamas and The United States of America.  Applicants are encouraged to consider creative, original, and innovative programs designed to inspire and engage the Bahamian community.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that target youth populations throughout The Bahamas and use mass media and technology (i.e. broadcast, print, and/or social media).

The goal of these grants is to enhance relations between Bahamian and U.S. organizations and people in the priority areas described, and/or to allow Bahamian audiences to better understand the United States, its culture, society, government, legal, economic and political systems, and values. In furtherance of these goals, grant proposals must include American content. American content can include speakers who are American citizens, use of U.S. training models or materials, exchanges with U.S. institutions, promotion of U.S. culture and arts, etc.

The majority of these small grants are US$5,000 or less.


Please answer all of the questions in the form, focusing on the impact your project will have in your community. You may include additional relevant information if you do not have enough space on this form.  Keep a copy of your completed application for your records.

Completed application forms should be sent via e-mail to:

Federal Assistance Award Application Evaluation Criteria. (PDF 120 KB).

Small grant application form. (PDF 404 KB).

U.S. Government Grants   

Call for Grant Proposals – Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) offered by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).

The objective of the grants are to improve the capabilities of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in The Bahamas. Grant submissions will be accepted until there is no more funding available. PADF expects to award a maximum of 10 awards ranging from $2,000 – $10,000 for grant acitivities to be conducted during 2017 and completed by the end of February 2018. Additional information can be found at

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Other Sources of Grants

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PND service – The GMT Initiative Award – Support direct service interventions to reach gay men, other MSM, and/or transgender individuals; structural interventions that address underlying factors associated with HIV (such as decriminalization efforts, campaigns against homophobia and transphobia, health service provider training on MSM-friendly services, etc.); research studies; and/or advocacy and policy activities.

Elton John Aids Foundation – EJAF’s grant-making priorities include HIV programs focused on gay men’s health and rights, African American health and rights, youth mobilization for sexual health and rights, syringe access and harm reduction, post-prison community re-entry, and scale-up of quality HIV programming in the Southern U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gender-Equality / Women Issues or Focused-projects

Thanksgiving Fund – The organization/project/program should address one or more of the following program areas of social, economic or health justice; Environmental protection and restoration; The Arts; and/or Gender equality.

UN Women – Funds for Gender Equality – Exclusively dedicated to women’s economic and political empowerment, two types of grants.  Women’s economic empowerment – The objective is to increase women’s access to and control over decision-making, land, technology, credit, livelihoods and other means of production and social protection.  Women’s political empowerment – The objective is for women to take on leadership roles and participate more fully in political processes and in all spheres on public life, particularly formal institutions.

Mama Cash – Funding available based on the following themes: Body-safety at home and public spaces, end  body mutilations, right to choose over body, sex, reproduction, etc.., Money-equal pay, labor laws, stop trafficking of women and girls, right to control finances, land, etc… and Voice-using arts, media and popular culture to transform attitudes and behaviors, peace building, human rights, social justice movements, etc.

Human Rights  

NED – National Endowment for Democracy – NGO groups abroad working to promote, defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, strengthen democratic ideas and values, promote accountability and transparency, strengthen civil society organizations, strengthen democratic political processes and institutions, promote civic education, support democratic conflict resolution, promote freedom of association and strengthen a broad-based market economy.

Oak Foundation – Support for program in Child Abuse, Environment, Housing and Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women, Learning Differences and Special Interest.

Conservation / Alternative Energy

The Reef Ball Foundation  – Non-profit and international environmental NGO working to rehabilitate world’s ocean & marine reefs ecosystems and protect the natural reef systems as well as dedicated to making new aquatic habitats by helping folks build Reef Ball artificial reefs technologies and place modules in the ocean to form reef habitat and teaching about the value of natural reefs.

MacAuthur Foundation:  Coastal Marine in the Caribbean, Madagascar and Melanesia.   Community-based marine conservation – Improve the productivity and reliability of the services that the ocean provides to coastal communities by conserving marine and coastal biodiversity through sustainable fisheries management and maintaining essential habitats.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership – The REEEP is an international initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve access to clean and affordable energy, and increase local renewable resources within the energy mix.

UNDP GEF – As a GEF Implementing Agency, UNDP-GEF offers countries highly specialized technical services for eligibly assessment, program/project formulation, due diligence, mobilization of required co-financing, project implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management. Contact for The Bahamas is Deon Stewart email:

EDIN – Energy Development in Island Nations – EDIN partners works to advance the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on islands across the globe, support island clean energy projects by helping project participants find the technology, financing, and policy solutions that allow them to tap into their renewable energy resources and deploy energy efficiency measures.


The Fund for Investigative Journalism  – Invites proposals from Investigative journalists – The Fund for Investigative Journalism supports work by independent and freelance reporters who do not have the resources to do their investigations. Grants average $5,000. The awards support the costs of reporting, such as travel and document production expenses. Small stipends will be considered as part of the overall award.

The Global Fund for Children – To reach the children of “the last mile”—those who are economically and socially outside the reach of mainstream services and support, including street children, child laborers, AIDS orphans, sex workers, hard-to-reach rural populations, and other vulnerable or marginalized groups.

Prison Fellowship International –The Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services works to provide comprehensive training and development for staff members involved in correctional services in individual countries in the Caribbean and for the region as a whole.


JAMs Foundation – Activities supported include conflict resolution education, peer or community mediation, professional education and programs that increase access to dispute resolution services.