Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program for Nonprofits

U.S. Mission to NATO
Last date: 
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Detailed Description

The Office of the Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) at the U.S. Mission to NATO (US-NATO) is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

PAA invites proposals for programs and initiatives that help promote an increased understanding of USNATO policy and perspectives.

Program Objectives

USNATO PAA invites proposals for programs and initiatives on the following priority program areas:

  • Defense budgets and equitable burden sharing.
  • Modernizing defense capabilities.
  • Countering dis and misinformation.
  • Nuclear deterrence.
  • Arms control.
  • Clean networks.
  • Cyber security.
  • NATO and the Middle East.
  • NATO and Russia.
  • Energy security.
  • Counterterrorism.
  • Women, Peace, and Security.
  • Space security.
  • NATO 2030.
  • Open Door.

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period: 12 to 18 months
  • Number of awards anticipated: 1-2 awards (dependent on amounts)
  • Award amounts: $15,000 maximum


The kinds of activities and work funded with this award may include (but should not be limited to):

  • Public debates and moderated discussions.
  • Digital engagements.
  • Creating digital content such as videos and short films.
  • Developing educational materials.

They strongly encourage:

  • New and creative approaches that utilize digital technology, social media, and other innovative means.
  • Programs that seek to reflect the diversity of thought and backgrounds as well as a gender balance.
  • Forthright analysis about the gaps in NATO strategies along with practical solutions to address deficiencies.
  • Implementation plans incorporating evaluation components and performance indicators showing how the proposed activities will be measured and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the proposal’s content.

Participants and Audiences

  • Successful proposals will emphasize the ability to deliver clear messages to selected audiences: Women, youth, and security and defense community, policy makers, and opinion shapers in NATO member or partner countries.

Program Performance Period

  • Proposed programs should be completed in 18 months or less.
  • PAA will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

Eligible Applicants

The following organizations from NATO Member and Partner countries are eligible to apply:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
  • Non-profit or non-governmental educational institutions;
  • Governmental institutions.


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