Grants Program

PAS Chennai is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement Notice of Funding Opportunity for proposals to implement programs that foster stronger bilateral and regional ties through diverse public diplomacy programs on topics related to economic growth, countering disinformation, disaster management, and active citizenship. The proposals may address multiple project objectives, each proposal should focus primarily on one of the mentioned priority project areas. Preference will be given to proposals that include target audiences in Tier 3 and 4 cities of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka.

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

  • U.S. experts conducting speaking tours/public talks or roundtable discussions in India.
  • Projects showcasing U.S. models or curricula.
  • Development of initiatives aimed at maintaining contact with alumni of exchange programs.
  • Creative projects that advance one or more of the priority areas.

Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2020
Total Amount Available: $25,000
Minimum for Each Award: $5,000
Maximum for Each Award: $25,000

Detailed information including application process are provided in the link against each NOFO:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL POTENTIAL APPLICANTS: In light of the restrictive travel and public gathering environments we face globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, we invite interested applicants to submit one or two proposals in response to the NOFO.  One proposal may be based on “business as usual” environments, where international travel, large public gatherings, and other programming parameters are unaffected by public health constraints.  A second proposal, which is optional, would describe your ideas on how to execute the desired project goals in a manner that accounts for restrictions on public gatherings and travel, as well as public health concerns.  If you choose to submit two separate proposals, the associated budget submission should also reflect different costs you would project for these two operating environments.