Not-for-profit organizations may apply for Small Grants (generally under US $50,000) through the Consulate Public Affairs Section’s Small Grants Program.
The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau Public Affairs Section (PAS) (PAS) invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Hong Kong and the U.S. and Macau through cultural and exchange programming that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All programs must include a U.S. “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 and build partnerships.
Priority Program Areas
- Priority will be given to project proposals that further one or more of the U.S. Consulate’s goals, including:
- Programs that support STEAM-related activities. Programs that promote English language acquisition.
- Programs that promote economic empowerment, with a priority for under-represented communities.
- Programs that increase public awareness about environment, sustainability, climate change, and conservation issues.
- Programs and exchanges that facilitate academic and cultural engagements that highlight and/or discuss American expertise, experience and values and universal human rights.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to include elements of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their proposals.
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $50,000 Total available funding: $300,000
- Length of performance period: 12 months
Type of Project
- PAS Small Grants Program projects may include, but are not limited to, the following types of programs:
- Academic, cultural, civil society/NGO, and professional lectures, seminars, workshops, exchanges and/or speaker programs that present American society, culture or history, and/or advance American values, such as diversity and inclusion, to local audiences.
- STEAM and innovation developmental programs.
- Projects that foster shared interest in good governance, strengthening civil society, human rights, combatting human trafficking, media freedom, and media literacy.
- Collaborative projects on environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, climate change, sustainability, and conservation.
- The participation of American experts, academics, artists, musicians, performers, and filmmakers in local events.
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S., Hong Kong and Macau:
- 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.
- The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:
- Projects relating to or involving any partisan political stance or activity;
- Charitable or development activities;
- Construction projects;
- Projects that support specific religious activities;
- Fundraising campaigns;
- Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
- International travel, unless specifically justified within the proposal as being integral to the project;
- Commercial activities and projects (including publications);
- Scientific research;
- Projects intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization or Projects that duplicate existing projects.
For more information, visit https://hk.usconsulate.gov/education-culture/pas-small-grants-program/