U.S. Mission to Canada Funding Opportunities


The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada, U.S. Department of State administers a Public Diplomacy Grants Program.  Awards are granted through project-specific Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs).  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 28, 2021.  This notice is subject to availability of funding.

PAS Canada invites proposals for programs that promote bilateral cooperation and highlight shared values.  All programs must include an American perspective, societal or cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives.  Grants available through this program are intended to serve as one-time opportunities that can help launch projects that should be sustainable after the project period is over.  They CANNOT be used to support on-going operational costs, construction, scientific research, partisan political activity, trade activities, fund-raising campaigns, or commercial products.  Further restrictions may apply.

Department of State grant programs are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations, particularly as found at 2CFR200.  Interested applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with applicable requirements.  Additional detailed guidance and resources are contained in the NOFOs and are available throughout this section.  Please check this page periodically for announcements and updates.  All questions about the grants programs should be sent to ottawa-pa@state.gov.


The following organizations or individuals are eligible to apply:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • U.S. not-for-profit organizations with a partner in Canada
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Public international organizations and governmental institutions
  • Individuals

Submission deadlines/Selection process

In order to be considered, proposals must be submitted at least eight weeks before the start date of the proposed program.  The anticipated program start date should be eight weeks from the time an application is reviewed by the Grant Committee.  The U.S. Mission to Canada Grant Committee will review all grant proposals and applicants will be notified of the Grant Committee’s decision within seven working days of the “reviewed by” date.  All application materials must be submitted by email to ottawa-pa@state.gov.

Proposals Due: 

Proposals Reviewed by: 

December 21, 2020

January 9, 2021

January 26, 2021

February 9, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

April 26, 2021

May 24, 2021

June 7, 2021

June 28, 2021

July 12, 2021

Required Grant Forms/Registrations

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain the following registrations.  All are free of charge.

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number) DNB.com
  • Valid SAM.gov registration

A complete grant submission will consist of:


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Frequently asked questions about the U.S. Mission to Canada Public Diplomacy Grants Program