Public Diplomacy Grants Program

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U.S. Embassy

Sector: Cultural DevelopmentEducationHuman Rights
Last date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Country: Canada

Detailed Description

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that they are considering proposals for their Public Diplomacy Grants Program.

PAS invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between Canada and the United States through programming that promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American element or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives to a Canadian audience.

Examples of PAS Grants Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. experts speaking tours/public talks, roundtable discussions, and workshops in Canada.
  • Academic and professional lectures and seminars.
  • Professional and academic exchanges and programs.
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions.
  • Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contacts with alumni of their exchange programs.
  • Initiatives that develop stronger ties between the United States and Canada.

Priority Program Areas

  • Security and Defense: activities that promote transatlantic security; combat transnational, regional, and global challenges, including cybersecurity, terrorism, and violent extremism, and trafficking in persons; and encourage resistance to malign influence and disinformation.
  • Prosperity, Trade, and Investment: activities that promote and support economic opportunities for women, youth, and underserved populations; and trade that improves the connections between U.S. and Canadian businesses, and United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • Technology and Innovation: activities that support cooperation in such areas as space exploration, cybersecurity, the Arctic, and entrepreneurship.
  • Shared Values and Interests: programs that promote the U.S.-Canada relationship and build people-topeople ties, including but not limited to, Black History Month, diversity and inclusion, freedom of the press, protection of intellectual property rights, and promotion of human rights including religious freedoms.
  • Youth Engagement: programs and projects that engage youth audiences through creative formats including (but not exclusively) online gaming, performance and the arts, exploration of U.S. and Canada shared history, culture, and values, and virtual and in-person exchange opportunities.
  • Student Mobility: activities that promote exchanges and training opportunities for U.S. and Canadian higher education and vocational students.
  • Educational Exchanges and Partnerships: activities related to Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) that target underserved youth. As well as academic/professional exchanges on COVID-19.

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period: up to 24 months
  • Award amounts: from a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $100,000
  • Participants and Audiences: PAS engages with a variety of audiences, including national and regional media, NGOs and think tanks, government officials (national, regional, and municipal officials, policy makers, civil servants), cultural and educational leaders, next generation leaders (e.g., innovators, digital influencers, campus leaders), and universities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • PAS encourages applications from the U.S. and Canada. U.S. organizations must partner with a Canadian organization. For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. Cost sharing is not required. The following organizations or individuals are eligible to apply:
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • U.S. not-for-profit organizations with a partner in Canada
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Public international organizations and governmental institutions
  • Individuals (note that for-profit organizations are not eligible for this notice of funding opportunity. By extension, this means that an employee or owner of a for-profit organization may not apply as an individual solely to circumvent this restriction. If applying as an individual, you must include in your application an explanation of why you are uniquely qualified as an individual applicant).


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