Annual Program Statement

U.S. Embassy

Relevent Country: Spain

The Public Diplomacy sections of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona (referred to collectively as “PD Spain”) announce an open competition for organizations to submit project proposals in response to issuance of this Annual Program Statement (APS).

The Annual Program Statement (APS) permits individuals, non-government organizations, think tanks, foundations and academic institutions to seek funding for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Spain while promoting PD Spain’s main strategic goals.

Program Objectives

PD Spain welcomes proposals for creative, engaging projects that align with its main strategic objectives:

  • Defend shared democratic values and the rules-based international order;
  • Support the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Build support for international and multilateral institutions to promote strong, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth, defend democratic governance, and advance solutions to global challenges;
  • Recognize the central importance of the NATO Alliance in ensuring transatlantic peace and security;
  • Support the new NATO Strategic Concept, guiding the Alliance´s approach towards strategic competitors and transnational threats;
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the defense of human rights, especially the rights of women and vulnerable populations, such as people living in poverty, members of racially or ethnically marginalized groups, LGBTQI+ persons, members of religious minority groups, persons with disabilities, refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons, older adults, children, gender non-conforming persons, and trafficking victims;
  •  Protect and promote human rights throughout the world, particularly with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean where the United States and Spain both have deep and enduring affiliations;
  • Fight against terrorism, cybercrime, drug trafficking, and trafficking in persons; raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity to increase national resilience to cyber-attacks, promote responsible state behavior in cyberspace, and counter malicious cyber activity from nation states and criminal actors;
  • Collaborate with Spain and/ or Andorran-based organizations to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons including vulnerable LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers; combat hate speech, violence, and stigma against the LGBTQI+ community;
  • Increase climate action to ensure that deep reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are achieved by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050;
  • Recognize the need to reach the Paris Agreement goals, including to accelerate global efforts to make financial flows consistent with low greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Recognize the urgency of addressing methane in line with the Global Methane Pledge, improving adaptation to the impacts of climate change, and promoting a climate resilient development;
  • Increase the geographical diversification of energy sources, especially natural gas, to promote renewable energies and develop new vectors such as offshore wind-power and renewable hydrogen, to deploy smart technologies that promote energy efficiency, and to secure supply chains for the critical minerals essential to the energy transition;
  • Promote the development of trade and investment, including entrepreneurship, small- and medium-sized businesses, and innovation as the basis for strong, sustainable, inclusive economic growth that creates quality employment and incorporates diverse and excluded groups, while ensuring adequate protection for digital economy workers;
  • Defend a digital transformation based on a shared respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and democratic values, on reducing the digital divide, on preventing and addressing the disproportionate effects of online forms of violence and abuse on women, children, and other marginalized groups, and on the implementation of mechanisms to safeguard these principles;
  • Promote joint science, space, and innovation initiatives carried out by research organizations, universities, and private companies in all fields of space and science, including through scientific-technological initiatives of the European Union;
  • Intensify cultural and educational exchanges between the United States and Spain;
  • Increase the number of Spanish students studying in the United States;

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period: Up to 12 months (including your evaluation or assessment period)
  • Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $75,000.
  • Type of Funding:  FY23 Public Diplomacy funding
  • Anticipated program start date:  Flexible start dates are preferred, though all proposals are required to start before September 30, 2023.
  • Priority Region: Spain and Andorra

Eligibility Criteria

  • Businesses and other for-profit organization may not apply for funding under this APS.
  • The following entities, from Spain, Andorra, or the United States, are eligible to apply:
  • Not-for-profit organizations, including educational and cultural institutions, civil society organizations or non-governmental organizations, think tanks, professional associations, media outlets, etc.
  • Governmental institutions and Public International Organizations.
  • Individual citizens, including alumni of U.S. Government (USG) exchange programs, who have a demonstrated capacity or proven track record to carry out the proposed activities.
  • To be eligible for consideration, the applicant organization must be registered to operate in Spain or Andorra, or if this is not the case, they must partner with a local Spanish or Andorran organization registered to operate in Spain or Andorra.