Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

United States Agency for International Development

Relevent Country: India

The Public Diplomacy (PD), at the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

This funding opportunity invites project proposals in five areas: U.S.-India economic ties, U.S.-India education ties, equity and inclusion, climate change, and media/journalism.  While a proposal may address multiple objectives, each proposal should clearly articulate how the project advances at least one of the objectives.


  • These should be outlined in the specific proposal submitted by the applicant.  A helpful approach is using the “SMART” model:  Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
  • Project deliverables for each phase of the project should be defined in the proposal.
  • Strong proposals include quantifiable deliverables, including the tools used for monitoring and evaluation.


  • Increasing India’s Role in Regional and Global Supply Chains
  • Strengthen U.S.-India Education Ties
  • Promote Equity and Inclusion
  • Address Climate Change
  • Support a Free and Fair Media Environment

Funding Information

  • Funding Mechanism Type: [Cooperative Agreement AND/OR Grant]
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount: USD 25,000
  • Minimum Award Amount: USD 5,000
  • Total Amount Available: USD 50,000
  • Number of Awards Available: 2-10, depending on funding availability
  • Length of Project Period: Not to exceed 12 months
  • Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2022, January 1, 2023, April 1, 2023, or July 1, 2023 depending on submission date

Project Audiences

Targeted audiences will vary based on the nature and design of the project proposed.  Potential audience segments include:

  • Youth and university students;
  • Civil society leaders;
  • National and regional media, and digital and social media influencers;
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors;
  • Cultural and/or academic institution leadership, think tank representatives, senior journalists, politicians, and policy makers.
  • Strong proposals will clearly segment and define the project’s target audience and provide rationale for prioritizing that group, or those groups.

Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Think tanks
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Individual