Public Diplomacy Grants Program FY-2021


 Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Public Affairs Section, Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Athens-FY21-01

Posted Date: October 16, 2020

Closing Date for Applications:  The first deadline was November 16, 2020.
The deadline has been extended to November 23, 2020 5:00 p.m. Athens time.

Total Amount Available: Amount pending funds availability

Award Floor and Ceiling:  USD 5,000 – USD 50,000

CFDA NUMBER: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs 

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding: 

Funding authority rests in either the Smith-Mundt Act or the Fulbright-Hays Act. The source of funding is FY2021 Public Diplomacy Funding.

This notice is subject to availability of funds.


The U.S. Embassy Athens Public Affairs Section (PAS Athens) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available through our Public Diplomacy Grants Program in fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021). This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

The first deadline for grant applications was November 16, 2020.  The deadline has been extended to November 23, 2020, due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding decisions will be made on these applications on a rolling basis. Applicants may apply for funding between $5,000 and $50,000. Please use the grant application documents and budget template found on the sidebar of our website.

This notice is subject to availability of funds 

  • Purpose of APS Grants:  PAS Athens invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Greece through concrete demonstrations of cooperation between our two peoples.  All grant proposals must convey an element of American history, culture, or shared values.  Competitive proposals should support a priority program area (see below).  They should also include a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s that will promote increased cooperation between the people of the United States and Greece even after the program has finished.

Priority Program Areas:  The Public Affairs Section is focused on bilateral priorities in the form of programs, exchanges and media opportunities that:

  • strengthen and expand collaboration and exchanges between U.S. and Greek higher education institutions, expand outreach and engagement with Greek academics and students, and share educational best practices, including in English language education.
  • support capacity building within the creative industries, including in the film sector, and leverage public-private partnerships in culture and technology.
  • support bilateral economic cooperation, trade and investment, and initiatives that promote entrepreneurship, innovation and digital skills, and employability, with an emphasis on promoting women’s economic empowerment and social and economic inclusion of youth from vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  • counter malign influence and disinformation.
  • support Greece’s 2021 celebrations, as agreed upon during the 2019 and 2020 Strategic Dialogue between the governments of the United States and Greece. (Approved programs that wish to be implemented in coordination with the National Committee “Greece 2021,” come under its auspices and benefit from the use of its logo, will need to receive further approval by the Committee. Other relevant initiatives may also be considered.)

Read: Annual Program Statement 2021 (PDF 234KB)

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