Dept of State Public Diplomacy with Panama

Sponsor Deadline: 

Apr 30, 2021

Internal Deadline: 

Apr 1, 2021


Dept of State US Embassy in Panama

UI Contact: 

U.S. Embassy Panama Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
US Embassy Panama website

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:  The Public Affairs Section invites proposals for programs that further U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy interests in Panama in one of the four categories below. 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. policy and perspectives. 

The Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program will consider grant proposals that advance the following themes:

  • Entrepreneurship: Programs that teach business skills to entrepreneurs (especially women and minority populations) using U.S. models, create new U.S.-Panama partnerships and opportunities for start-up companies, or support social impact investment;
  • Combating Disinformation, Enhancing Media Literacy, Supporting Excellence in Journalism: Programs that support investigative journalism, increase media literacy, and/or strengthen media and civil society organizations’ ability to counter disinformation;
  • Strengthening Civil Society: Projects that provide support to civil society organizations, establish networks of organizations, or directly address some of the systemic challenges those organizations encounter.
  • Cybersecurity: Projects that will improve cybersecurity regulation, education, or resources to general skill-building, tech camps, and public awareness campaigns.
  • English Language Proficiency: Programs that support English language teaching and learning among public school and higher education students and young professionals, with an emphasis on improving English for Entrepreneurship and STEM fields or integrating English into existing curricula.
  • STEAM Education: Projects designed to enhance education and cooperation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) like workshops or training programs; the development of educational tools or resources; and joint activities with U.S. public school students.
  • Sustainable Development: Projects that promote responsible stewardship of environmental resources through educational programs, the development of community networks incorporating U.S. counterparts or resources, or the development of innovative tools to guide sustainable development practices. This may include water, forests, wildlife (especially fisheries), agriculture, pollution, or any related issue, provided there is an adequate U.S. public diplomacy component.