U.S. Mission to Costa Rica -- U.S. Embassy San Jose Public Diplomacy Annual Program Statement

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Embassy San Jose Public Diplomacy (PD) Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit a Statement of Interest  to implement programs that strengthen ties between the United States and Costa Rica through cultural, exchange, and outreach activities that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. 

The San Jose PD Section provides funding for well-conceived programs that promote increased understanding of the United States’ values, culture, foreign policy priorities, and/or people among the Costa Rican public through one of the Priority Program Areas outlined below. Competitive proposals may incorporate a  connection with an American expert(s), organization(s),  institution(s), or other element  that  promotes increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives, and/or strengthens ties between the United States and Costa Rica.

Organizations may submit only one statement of interest. 

There are two opportunities to submit SOIs: Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

First Round Deadline: February 13, 2023 by 11:59 pm CST.

Second Round Deadline: April 1, 2023 by 11:59 pm CST

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Priority Program Areas:

  • Programs that promote diversity, equity, inclusivity and accessibility including but not limited to skill building, engaging U.S. and Costa Rican experts to raise awareness, cultural programming, sports, or educational opportunities.
  • Programs that advance climate action, including but not limited to engaging U.S. and Costa Rican experts to raise public awareness, address environmental justice, and/or encourage eco-friendly entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Programs that promote media literacy and/or combat disinformation
  • Activities that foster long-term student and academic collaboration between U.S. and Costa Rican universities, technical schools, and community colleges, particularly in the fields of STEAM and English language teaching.
  • Small grants ($10,000-20,000) to emerging NGOs that strengthen civil society or develop leadership skills and opportunities for at-risk youth in communities outside the San Jose metropolitan area.

Eligibility Requirements

The Public Diplomacy Section will consider applications from the United States and Costa Rica.  Individuals and registered not-for-profit organizations, including civil society/non-governmental organizations with relevant programming experience are encouraged to apply. 

Amount Description

Award Amounts:  Award Floor: $10,000; Award Ceiling:  $60,000

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 1, 2023