Small Grants Program

u.s. embassy

Relevent Country: Philippines

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Public Affairs Section (PAS Philippines) is pleased to announce the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

PAS Philippines invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the Philippines and the United States through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.  All programs must include an American 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.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. experts conducting speaking tours/public talks, roundtable discussions, workshops, etc.;
  • Academic and professional lectures and seminars;
  • Cultural and arts programs/workshops/performances and exhibitions; and
  • Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contacts with alumni of the exchange programs;
  • STEM and innovation developmental programs which support strategic priorities;
  • Capacity-building workshop or information campaign to engage Filipino youth on priority program areas;
  • Capacity-building workshops/webinars or information campaigns to engage established opinion leaders (such as policymakers, industry leaders, decision-makers, academe, think tanks, NGOs, CSOs, and media) to address any of these priority program areas; or
  • Studies on the U.S.-Philippine bilateral relationship


  • Priority will be given to project proposals that further one or more of the U.S. Embassy’s goals, including:
  • Programs that enhance U.S.-Philippines security cooperation, including deterring illegal maritime activities, reducing the threat of terrorism, encouraging peaceful resolution of disputes, and advancing peace and stability in conflict-affected areas.
  • Programs that foster greater bilateral trade and investment between the U.S. and the Philippines.
  • Programs that develop stronger linkages between the United States, Philippines, and support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
  • Programs that support increased transparency and good governance, strengthen democratic processes, and promote respect for the rule of law and human rights.

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period is 12 to 24 months.
  • Award amounts may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000.
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and reviewed quarterly in March, June, September, and December.
  • Proposals that address key strategic priorities may be approved for immediate funding.

Participants and Audiences

  • PAS Philippines’ target audiences include national and regional media; NGOs and think tanks; government officials (state, district, and municipal officials; policy makers, civil servants); cultural and educational leaders; next generation leaders (e.g., innovators, digital influencers, campus leaders); minority groups, youth from underserved communities; and universities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from the United States and the Philippines.
  • Individuals and registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, civil society/non-governmental organizations with relevant programming experience are encouraged to apply.
  • For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.
  • Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
  • Applications may be submitted for consideration at any time on or before the closing date of this funding opportunity.