America for Bulgaria Foundation - Grant application



Location (s):

  • Bulgaria
  • United States of America


The America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical American grant-making foundation working in partnership with Bulgarians to strengthen the country’s private sector and related democratic institutions. ABF builds on the success of the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund, an investment fund created in 1991 by the U.S. Congress with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Working with Bulgarian entrepreneurs, the Fund generated an 800 percent return and in 2008 endowed ABF with more than $400 million.


The America for Bulgaria Foundation works in partnership with Bulgarians to support the country’s private sector and related democratic institutions.

The America for Bulgaria Foundation seeks to enhance the longstanding legacy of goodwill and friendship between the American and Bulgarian people to promote US-Bulgaria people-to-people contacts. Through its grants and programs, the Foundation represents the generous spirit of the American people and embodies the highest standards of US ethical conduct, transparency, and core values.

The America for Bulgaria Foundation accepts proposals throughout the year through our Apply for Funding Page. We also proactively approach organizations that are independently identified by our staff and initiate projects ourselves. On occasion, we solicit proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Active RFPs will be posted here.

If our review of the initial inquiry is favorable, the relevant program director will contact you to discuss your submission in greater detail and help shape a full proposal. Applicants should expect to receive an indication within one month if a proposal will be further considered. 

The grant application process—which may include research, meetings, site visits, grant negotiations, legal review, and presentation of the grant for approval—is generally completed within a few months.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • When making grants, we look for effective organizations, original thinking, and relevance of the proposal to the development of the private sector. Our grant-making process presumes collaborative planning between ABF and its grantees.
  • Please fill in all the fields in the electronic form below and briefly present your organization, the purpose, objective, and duration of your project, as well as the total amount of your request.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

We allocate approximately $20 million per year.  

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