The Peace Corps Small Grants Program includes: Small Project Assistance (SPA), Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), Volunteer Activities Support and Training (VAST), Feed the Future (FTF), Global Education Framework (GEF), and Energy Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Though each program is supported by different funding sources, they all share the same goal: to facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable grassroots small grant projects that build capacity in communities where Volunteers serve.
Regardless of the funding source, all small grants fall under the same guidelines and use the same materials and resources. Please use the button below to access the Peace Corps Grants Online (PCGO) system to apply for a grant. All Volunteers should review the Small Grants Program Volunteer Handbook (linked below) for guidance on planning and applying for a small grants project. Volunteers may also contact their small grants coordinator at post if they have any questions about applying for a small grant.
The Small Grants Staff Handbook provides information on the basic rules and requirements that will be applicable for all small grants. It also includes recommendations on post-level management of small grant programs, and links to tools that are intended to help posts run effective small grants programs.
The Small Grants Program Volunteer Handbook provides guidance on the processes, procedures, materials, and requirements for the Peace Corps Small Grants Program. Volunteers should read this handbook thoroughly to understand the basic rules and requirements that are applicable for all small grants.
Please note: In cases where posts have implemented more stringent policies, PC/Washington will defer to to post-level guidance. Volunteers should contact their Post's Small Grants Coordinator to follow up with questions that may arise in the process of developing, writing, implementing, and completing small grants.
This guide contains the live links to the PCGO Portal and will lead a Volunteer step-by-step through the application.
If you have access to a reliable internet connection, we encourage you to use the PCGO Portal, as this is the fastest and most direct way to submit the application. However, Volunteers wishing to complete their application and/or completion report offline may do so.
If you are able to complete the application offline and later copy and paste the information into PCGO once you have internet access, you may choose to do so. If it is difficult for you to access internet long enough to enter the information yourself, you may submit an offline version of the application to your Grants Coordinator for review. Once approved, your Grants Coordinator will email the document to the PCGO team at PC/Washington, and we will import your grant information into the system for you. Once the application has been uploaded, you will be able to access your grant in the PCGO Portal to review it and work on the competion report. You may also submit your completion report offline using the documents and instructions provided below.
If you complete most of the application or completion report through the portal, but have a hard time entering the intial or final budget section (which can be difficult, as copy-and-paste and auto-calculations do not workwell), please feel free to use the Budget Offline Workaround Spreadsheet and complete the appropriate tab for either your final or initial budget. When finished, send it to your Grants Coordinator and they will send it to the PCGO team for import into the system.
If you have Microsoft Excel on your computer (Mac or PC), please read the "Instructions for Offline Workaround" and complete the "Offline Application and Completion Report" and "Offline Initial and Final Indicators" worksheets. If you do n ot have Excel on your computer, please read the "Offline Workaround Without Excel" document for instructions on how to obtain a Word document copy of your application.
- Instructions for Offline Workaround (PDF)
- Offline Application and Completion Report (XLS)
- Offline Initial and Final Indicators Worksheet (XLS)
- Offline Workaround Without Excel (PDF)
- Budget - Offline Workaround (XLS)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you see an error message referring to your username or password, you may choose to have your username or a temporary password emailed to you. If you have trouble with this, please contact your Post Grants Coordinator for assistance.
Yes. The PCGO application portal is compatible with both PCs and Macs.
Yes. Please see detailed instructions in the "Working Offline" section above.
Yes. For Volunteers with limited internet availability, the Volunteer may download a blank application form from the PCGO Application Portal upon registration in the system. Please see detailed instructions in the "Working Offline" section.
The Small Grants Team at PC/Washington supports the creation of complementary Post-specific guidelines or handbooks.
Please Note: In cases where Posts have implemented more stringent policies, PC/Washington will defer to Post-level guidance. Volunteers should contact their Post's Small Grants Coordinator to follow up with questions that may arise in the process of developing, writing, implementing, and completing small grant projects.
Third-party contributions are given by an entity outside of the community.These contributions may be int he form of cash or in-kind support for a project, but must be represented separately in the project budget. Volunteers should work with their communities and Post to determine how best to classify the organization, individual, or entity.
- A local business, governance body (mayor's office, ministry of education, local NGO) should be included as a community contribution.
- Large, international NGOs (CARE, WorldVision, Save the Children, Plan International, UN organizations, etc.) that are located in or near a VOlunteer's community are considered third-party contributors.
- International NGOs located outside of the Volunteer's country are considered a third-party contributor.
It is important for Volunteers to understand that including a third-party contribution will increase the total project budget, which will, in turn, increase the required community contribution amount of 25%. (The total budget includes the amount requested from the Small Grants Program, the third-party contribution, and the community contribution.) This ensures that the community is fully invested in the project, and that third-party contributors are not leading or overtaking the project based on their own mission or goals. In some cases, third-party contributions raise the project total significantly, requiring the community contribution to increase as well, in order to maintain the minimum percentage.
Volunteers should also be aware that funds from third-party contributors, particularly those larger, international organizations, may encounter some logistical challenges in the transferring of funds to the project. Volunteers should not manage third-party funds; any funds from the third-party must be directly given to the community or managed by local representatives of the third-party organization. While third-party contributions are certainly an option for cost-sharing, projects should never be designed around the option of having a third-party contribution.