The U.S. Embassy Budapest Public Diplomacy Section (PDS Budapest) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
Purpose of Small Grants
- PDS Budapest invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Hungary 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 lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
- Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
- Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs;
- Professional and academic exchanges and programs;
Priority Program Areas
- Supporting Hungary’s Transatlantic commitment by addressing transnational threats, including disinformation and cyber security, and promoting unity among NATO allies and prospective members with regards to NATO expansion and a united response to Russian war on Ukraine.
- Supporting advanced, resilient Transatlantic economy by promoting trade and investment partnerships, common U.S. and Hungarian economic, environment, health and technology priorities, and energy security.
- Empowering female entrepreneurs.
- Promoting rule of law and democratic governance by supporting the legal and institutional changes strengthening the rule of law and combating corruption in economy and government.
- Strengthening independent media and journalism and helping to foster critical thinking.
- Length of performance period: Three (3) to twelve (12) months, typically Number of awards anticipated: Dependent on final budget and requested grant amounts
- Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000, however selected grant proposals typically range from $5,000 – $10,000
- Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2023 or Fiscal Year 2024 Public Diplomacy Funding, depending on the start date of a selected proposal
- Anticipated program start date: No later than September 30, 2023 in case of FY2023 Public Diplomacy Funding and between October 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024 in case of Fiscal Year 2024 Public Diplomacy Funding
Participants and Audiences
- They seek proposals for geographically and demographically diverse audiences within Hungary.
- As noted, all projects must include an American component in order to be eligible for funding. An American component can mean any of the following:
- An American citizen who is an expert, speaker, artist, athlete, or other visitor to Hungary who will lead or present some key component of the project. In rare cases, the project could involve an extraordinarily highly accomplished person who is not an American citizen, but who has strong ties to an American institution of major importance.
- The use of an American cultural product as a major touchstone for key elements of the program. Cultural products could include books, music, curricula, films, dance, other art forms, or technology created entirely or primarily by American artists and innovators and clearly associated with American culture.
- Engaging audiences in learning about or practicing a major American topic, such as U.S. policy, U.S. history, American values (such as civil rights, freedom of expression, or shared society), or American social models (such as democracy or the rule of law) as a significant focus of the program
- PDS Budapest encourages applications from U.S. and Hungarian:
- 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.
- 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 of an individual;
- Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
- Programs that duplicate existing programs.
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Hungary.