Public Diplomacy Grants program - Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Public Affairs section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program for projects in Sri Lanka and the Maldives that focus on key audiences, including: youth (14-25 years old), women, entrepreneurs, innovators, and journalists.

We are soliciting grant proposals from not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions that address one or more of the grant priority areas specified below. The organization should have at least two years of programming experience. This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal. A copy of the organization’s registration certificate should be provided with the proposal application. 

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Grant Priority Areas (Your Proposal should be only for one of the areas indicated below): 

  1. Youth Development: support youth education and professional development, including skills training; entrepreneurship and leadership training; and science, technology, engineering, math and arts projects.
  2. Education: promote teacher training and English language learning
  3. Women’s Empowerment: support projects that address gender equality and economic and professional development.
  4. Reconciliation: support mutual understanding and trust through cultural, educational and creative programs, e.g. sports diplomacy
  5. Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom: enhance training to support professional and technical abilities for journalists and professional associations, including programs on ethics, social media, graphical design and investigative journalism. 

Eligibility Requirements

The U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s Public Affairs Section will accept applications from U.S. and Indian registered not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, and other legally-recognized non-profit institutions. Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of the Government of India applies to all Indian organizations.



Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $40,000

Award Floor: $25,000

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 1, 2016