The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada, U.S. Department of State, announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out programs strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and Canada on Bolstering Security and Defense.
- The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada invite proposals from non-governmental organizations, think tanks, government institutions, and academic institutions for programs strengthening the bilateral ties between the United States and Canada and supporting the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership Pillar Bolstering Security and Defense, including, but not limited to:
- Programs that raise awareness and increase support for U.S.-Canada defense cooperation, with an emphasis on NATO and defense spending, NORAD and defense modernization, and the Arctic.
- Programs that raise awareness and support for increased information sharing and cooperation in law enforcement and intelligence, with an emphasis on cyber security and countering ideologically motivated violent extremism.
- Programs to counter disinformation, misinformation, and malign influence as threats to democracy. All programs must engage Canadian audiences.
- All programs must include a U.S. element or connection with U.S. experts that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Any speaker paid with grant funding must hold U.S. citizenship.
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $15,000.00 to a maximum of $250,000.00
- Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in twenty-four months or less.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Professional and academic speaker programs, lectures, and seminars
- Professional and academic exchanges and projects
- Public messaging campaigns using social media, video, and new media
- Cultural and Fine Arts Programming, to include cultural performances, workshops and engagements based around dance, theater, music, poetry, youth competitions, the plastic and other fine and performing arts
What they will not fund?
- Trade Shows,
- Programs relating to partisan political activity,
- Charitable or development activities,
- Construction programs,
- Fund-raising campaigns,
- Scientific research,
- Personal use,
- Lobbying for specific legislation,
- Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization,
- Programs that duplicate existing programs, or
Priority Region: Canada
Participants and Audiences
- The program participants and primary audience must include majority Canadians.
- All applicants for awards must identify their target audience and estimate the expected audience reach through indirect contact via social media, traditional media, or online meeting platforms.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- U.S. or Canadian not-for-profit, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations.
- Public and private educational institutions.
- Public international organizations and governmental institutions.
- Individuals (note that for-profit organizations are not eligible for this notice of funding opportunity. By extension, this means that an employee or owner of a for-profit organization may not apply as an individual solely to circumvent this restriction. If applying as an individual, you must include in your application an explanation of why you are uniquely qualified as an individual applicant.)
- U.S. organizations applying for funding must partner with a Canadian organization.
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Canada.