This initiative was developed to support projects proposed by U.S. and Chilean cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and/or individuals that fulfill U.S. Embassy goals and objectives, including promoting greater understanding of the United States and fostering academic, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Chile.
The Public Affairs Section is particularly interested in projects that increase academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Chile, expand English language proficiency, foster entrepreneurship and innovation, encourage greater cooperation in science and technology, promote social inclusion of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups, and advance excellence in journalism.
Preference will be given to U.S. and Chilean individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and educational events and programs. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project and in-kind and/or in-cash financial commitments from other funding sources.
Priority areas for project funding are:
- Increasing academic exchanges between the United States and Chile (priority: higher education students and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative);
- Increasing cultural exchanges between the United States and Chile (priority: reaching underserved audiences outside of Santiago);
- Expanding English language proficiency (priority: reaching public schools, higher education students, and young professionals with an emphasis on improving conversational English and English for STEM fields);
- Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation (priority: projects that multiply the number of women and minority small business owners, including social impact investment.
- Fostering U.S.-Chile cooperation in science and technology (priority: renewable energy, women in STEM and regional initiatives)
- Increased social inclusion (priority: equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities, as well as civic education);
- Advancing excellence in journalism (priority: investigative journalism, media literacy/countering disinformation).
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
- Award Ceiling: $50,000
- Award Floor: $5,000
- The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: civil society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic and cultural institutions, and individuals.
- For-profit businesses/institutions are not eligible to receive public diplomacy awards. The Public Affairs Section encourages applicants to provide cost sharing from additional sources in support of this project.
- They also encourage projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost sharing.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324183