The U.S. Mission New Zealand Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program.
Purpose of Grants
- PDS New Zealand invites Statements of Interest (SOI) for projects that seek to do at least one of the following:
- strengthen U.S.-New Zealand cooperation and coordination on global issues of shared interest (e.g., combatting climate change, supporting Indo-Pacific security, promoting diversity and inclusion);
- promote the mutual benefits of tech and innovation;
- promote stronger connections between the people of the United States, New Zealand, the Cooks Islands, Niue, and the Pacific Island region;
- and deepen U.S. relationships with Indigenous and Pacific communities, in Aotearoa New Zealand, Niue and the Cook Islands, based on the shared values and heritage.
- All programs must include an element that will promote increased understanding of the United States including, but not limited to U.S. policy, people, culture and/or perspectives.
- Examples of PDS 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; or
- Professional and academic exchanges and projects.
Priority Program Areas
- Building Understanding: Tuakana Teina “Respectful Relationships”
- Programs that seek to explain U.S. policies, culture, and values to New Zealand, Niuean, Cook Island, or Pacific Islands regional audiences, resulting in a positive impact on the bilateral relationship. Programs that deepen connections between the United States and Indigenous and Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as the people of Niue, the Cook Islands, and the Pacific Island region based on the shared values and heritage.
- Note: Program applications from Niue and/or the Cook Islands themselves will be prioritized.
- A Greener Future
- Partners in a Safer World
- Programs that support or promote regional issues such as, but not limited to: regional security, cybersecurity, non-proliferation, combatting trans-national crime, responding to global health crises, mis- and disinformation, multilateral cooperation, enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region, human rights, and a rules-based order.
- Pacific Development Connections
- Connecting Our Blue Continent
- Programs that support or promote cross-cultural connections such as, but not limited to: promoting diversity, equality, inclusion and accessibility, supporting underrepresented communities, promoting human rights, supporting shared democratic values, education and exchange opportunities, and combatting mis- and disinformation.
- Length of performance period: Up to 24 months.
- Number of awards anticipated: Number of awards issued will be dependent on requested amounts for funding.
- Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $500.00 to a maximum of $100,000.00.
- Total available funding: $350,000 (subject to availability).
- Project Performance Period: Proposed projects should be completed in 2 years or less.
Participants and Audiences
- PDS will only consider grants that are geared to local audiences.
- The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from the United States, New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, and may consider regional Pacific Islands solicitations:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
- Projects relating to partisan political activity;
- Charitable or development activities;
- Construction projects;
- Projects that support specific religious activities;
- Fund-raising campaigns;
- Lobbying for specific legislation or projects;
- Scientific research;
- Projects intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
- Projects seeking funds for personal use
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy & Consulate in New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue.