The U.S. Embassy Sofia Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
PDS Sofia invites proposals for programs that strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Bulgaria through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Examples of PDS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:
- Academic and professional seminars, conferences, and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions featuring participants from the United States;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;
- Professional and academic exchanges and training programs;
- Strengthen governance, transparency, and rule of law to foster democratic norms, economic development, energy diversification, and security stability.
- Build media literacy and resilience among the Bulgarian public against disinformation.
- Promote the development of a robust independent media and civil society, including through the promotion of civic activism and volunteerism.
- Promote activities that highlight the social and cultural connections between the United States and Bulgaria.
- Protect and preserve Bulgarian cultural heritage.
- Advance the socioeconomic inclusion of historically underserved and/or marginalized communities, including women, Roma and other minority groups, LGBTQI+ individuals, migrant populations, and disadvantaged youth.
- Promote education and skills-building in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and environmental / clean energy sectors.
- Increase cultural understanding and connectivity between the people of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
- Length of performance period: 1 to 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: 30 awards (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: award amounts may range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $25,000
- Total available funding: $350,000.00
- Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 22/23 Public Diplomacy Funding
Participants and Audiences
- Audiences, which will vary by program and focus, include but are not limited to: students (at all levels), academics and think-tanks, government officials (at all levels), journalists and media professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and various underserved populations. While not
- required, they encourage grantees to include components that reach audiences outside of Sofia, in regions with less exposure to the United States, including Northwest and Southeast Bulgaria and the Black Sea coast.
- The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from the United States, Bulgaria, or other European countries:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.