Dept of State Public Diplomacy with France

Sponsor Deadline: 

Jul 4, 2021

Internal Deadline: 

Jun 4, 2021


Dept of State US Mission to France

UI Contact: 

Dept of State Public Diplomacy with France Small Grants Program

Dept. of State DOS solicitations generally limit the number of applications that may go forward in response to a specific solicitation. 
Prospective applicants from the UI who wish to apply to a DOS program that limits the number of applications allowed per institution must refer to the UI Limited Submissions guidelines at

Purpose of Small Grants: The U.S. Mission Public Affairs Section invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and France through programming that creates opportunities for bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest and highlights shared values. All programs must include a U.S. element, such as an American expert, organization, cultural element, or institution that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Priority Program Areas: The U.S. Mission Public Affairs Section seeks to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of French society on information, security, economic, cultural, and educational issues through public diplomacy resources and expertise, with the goal of broadening support for, and understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values. Priority will be given to programs that demonstrate a proven commitment to inclusion, gender equality, as well as diverse voices, socio-economic and geographical backgrounds. Priority programmatic themes for the U.S. Mission to France include:

  • § Security and Defense: Activities that promote transatlantic security; combat transnational, regional, and global challenges, such as terrorism, racially, ethnically, and/or religiously motivated violent extremism, or cyber threats; and encourage resistance to malign influence and disinformation.
  • § Foreign Policy: Activities that promote understanding of U.S. foreign policy priorities and Franco-American foreign policy cooperation among the French public and influencers.
  • § Civic Education: Activities that support involvement of young people in the civic life of their country and building a sense of shared values and responsibilities of citizenship, especially across ethnic, religious, and socio-economic divisions.
  • § Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability: Activities that encourage understanding of climate change, promote civic activities supporting environmental sustainability, promote innovation and economic opportunity related to climate change, and demonstrate how America and France can work together to achieve our climate goals.
  • § Prosperity, Trade, and Investment: Activities that encourage a nuanced understanding of U.S. agricultural practices and industries, support the expansion of U.S. exports and investments, improve the connections between U.S. and French businesses, and/or expand economic opportunities, entrepreneurship, and financial independence among women, youth, and underserved populations.
  • § Health, Technology and Innovation: Activities that support cooperation in such areas as health, space exploration, agricultural technology, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship.
  • § Shared Democratic Values and Interests: Non-partisan activities that promote the long history of the U.S.-France relationship and build people-to-people ties based on our shared history and democratic values, including but not limited to commemorations of key historic events.
  • § Student Mobility: Activities that create sustainable partnerships between French educational institutions and U.S. partners and increase opportunities for educational and professional exchanges.
  • § Cultural Diplomacy: Activities promoting U.S. culture, building on shared U.S.-French appreciation for cultural excellence through culinary traditions, art, film, sports, fashion, literature, and other cultural forms.