U.S. Mission to Belgium Public Diplomacy Grants Program

Grant Size $10,000 to $100,000   ,   Closing Date


The U.S. Embassy Brussels Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program.

Purpose of Grants
  • PDS Brussels invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Belgium by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation.  Grant proposals must convey an American cultural element, support a priority program area (see below), or include a connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

  • Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

    • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;

    • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;

    • Youth leadership programs;

    • Professional and academic exchanges and projects;

    • Entrepreneurship and innovation in technological or other fields; and

    • Sports-related programming.

Priority Program Areas
  • Programs that promote active partnership between the United States and Belgium to address new and evolving security challenges, including disinformation;

  • Programs that counter the influences of radicalization and violent extremism, including political extremism;

  • Programs that offer youth leaders the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills;

  • Programs that build capacity in organizations seeking to strengthen social cohesion through promotion of diversity principles; and/or

  • Programs that enable engagement with youth audiences on the enduring relevance of U.S.-Belgium historical bonds.

Funding Information
  • Total available funding:  Amount pending funds availability

  • Award amounts:  Up to $50,000

  • Number of awards anticipated:  Amount pending funds availability

  • Length of performance period:  Three to twenty-four months

  • Anticipated project start date:  After January 1, 2024

Participants and Audiences
  • Youth, particularly those from underserved communities;

  • Women, particularly entrepreneurs and/or those from underserved communities;

  • Underserved/Minority/Refugee communities; and

  • Civil society organizations and academic institutions.

  • The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

    • Projects relating to partisan political activity;

    • Charitable or development activities;

    • Construction projects;

    • Projects that support specific religious activities;

    • Fundraising campaigns;

    • Lobbying for specific legislation or projects;

    • Scientific research; or

    • Projects that duplicate existing projects.


  • The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from the United States and Belgium:

    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience;

    • Individuals; or

    • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions.

  • For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. 

Post Date: January 08, 2024

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