The U.S. Embassy Santiago Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.
PAS Santiago invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and Chile through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.
All programs must include a U.S. cultural element, or connection with U.S. expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Examples of PAS Small Grants Programs include, but are not limited to:
- Speaking tours/public talks by U.S. experts or roundtable discussions by U.S. experts with counterparts in Chile;
- Activities that foster long-term student and academic collaboration between U.S. and Chilean universities, technical schools, and community colleges;
- Joint U.S.-Chile virtual or in-person conferences or meetings that promote U.S. expertise and best practices among Chilean audiences and institutions;
- Activities focused on English promotion, such as conversation clubs, coding camps, academic writing programs, curricula development, and English for specific purposes programs;
- Projects that showcase one or more U.S. models, best practices, or curricula;
- Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas and/or use social media or virtual interaction to expand and amplify project impact.
Priority Program Areas
The Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program will give preference to grant proposals that advance the following themes:
- Academic Collaboration: Programs that promote internationalization and facilitate linkages between U.S. and Chilean higher education institutions;
- Combating Disinformation, Enhancing Media Literacy, Supporting Excellence in Journalism: Programs that support investigative journalism, increase media literacy, and/or strengthen media and civil society organizations’ ability to counter disinformation;
- Cultural Exchanges: Programs or activities that promote the exchange of culture between the United States and Chile with a special focus on engaging underserved audiences located outside of Santiago;
- English language proficiency: Programs that support English language teaching and learning among public school and higher education students and young professionals, with an emphasis on improving English for Entrepreneurship and STEM fields
- Entrepreneurship: Programs that teach business skills to women and minorities using U.S. models, create new U.S.-Chile partnerships and opportunities for start-up companies, or support social impact investment;
- Science and Technology Cooperation: Programs designed to enhance cooperation in climate/environment, astronomy, and STEM/STEAM programs, with a focus on promoting women’s participation in these fields;
- Social inclusion: Programs that promote and safeguard equal rights and opportunities for immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities; and
- Strengthening Democratic Institutions: Projects that help strengthen democratic processes, address transnational issues, and increase civic education and participation.
- Length of performance period: 01 to 24 months.
- Number of awards anticipated:15 awards (dependent on amounts).
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000.
- Total available funding: $400,000.
Participants and Audiences
- The Public Affairs Section will give consideration to the full range and diversity of U.S. and Chilean non-profit organizations. Government agencies and for-profit institutions, such as those registered as commercial and/or private businesses are not eligible to receive funding.
Preference will be given to:
- U.S. and Chilean individuals and institutions with a proven track record of executing superior cultural and educational events, exchanges, and programs.
- Proposals that demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project and/or outcomes.
- Proposals that address gender parity among participants/target audiences and include engagement with underserved communities (including, but not limited to, immigrants, LGBTI individuals, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and racial minorities) and participants located in regions outside of Santiago.
The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Chile:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;
- Non-profit or governmental educational institutions;
- Governmental institutions;
- For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.