Deadline: 30 June 2020
Purpose of Small Grants
PAS invites proposals from individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, government institutions, and academic institutions for projects that strengthen the bilateral ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. All programs must include an U.S. cultural element or connection with U.S. experts, organizations, or institutions in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Examples of small grants program projects include but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;
- Professional and academic exchanges and projects; and
- Professional development workshops and training.
Priority Program Areas
- U.S. Elections: activities that promote an understanding of the 2020 U.S. elections and the U.S. electoral college through nonpartisan programs.
- Security and Defense: activities that promote transatlantic security; combat transnational, regional, and global challenges, including cybersecurity, terrorism, and violent extremism; and encourage resistance to malign influence and disinformation.
- Prosperity, Trade, and Investment: activities that encourage a nuanced understanding of U.S. agricultural practices and industries, support the expansion of U.S. exports and investments, improve the connections between U.S. and UK businesses, and/or expand economic opportunities for women, youth, and underserved populations.
- Technology and Innovation: activities that support cooperation in such areas as space exploration, agricultural technology, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship.
- Shared Values and Interests: activities that promote the U.S.-UK Special Relationship and build people-to-people ties, including but not limited to VE Day and Mayflower commemorative programs.
- Student Mobility: activities that promote exchanges and training opportunities for U.S. and UK higher education and vocational students.
- Length of performance period: one to 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: three to 30 awards (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $15,000
Participants and Audiences
All applicants for awards must stipulate who their target audience is (age/gender/geographic breakdown) and estimate the expected audience reach through direct contact and, if possible, through indirect contact (via social media or traditional media).
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from United States and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland):
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions; and
- Governmental institutions.
For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
- Programs relating to partisan political activity;
- Charitable or development activities;
- Construction programs;
- Programs that support specific religious activities;
- Fund-raising campaigns;
- Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
- Scientific research;
- Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
For more information, visit https://uk.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/london/ukpa/grants-programs/