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October 17, 2021

Notice of Funding Opportunity

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Mission New Zealand Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.  Please carefully follow all instructions below. This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Deadline for Applications: Applications for this Notice of Funding Opportunity will be reviewed on the following schedule:

  • First week of November 2021.
  • Second week of February 2022.
  • First week of May 2022.
  • week of August 2022.

Total Amount Available: $350,000

Maximum for Each Award: $100,000

APPLY HERE (PDF – more details).

All programs must include an element that will promote increased understanding of the United States including, but not limited to U.S. policy, people, culture, values, and/or perspectives. 

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

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions; or
  • Professional and academic exchanges and projects

Priority Program Areas:

U.S. – NEW ZEALAND (INCLUDING NIUE AND THE COOK ISLANDS) BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP

Programs that seek to explain U.S. policies, culture, and values to New Zealand, Niuean, or Cook Island audiences, resulting in a positive impact on the bilateral relationship. 

TRADE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Programs that promote and support entrepreneurship and bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the United States and New Zealand, with particular focus on programs that connect U.S. experts to New Zealanders for the purpose of making lasting connections with New Zealand counterparts and programs that promote areas of innovation and growth including space, creative arts, blue/green tech, and science and technology research.  

PACIFIC REGIONAL ISSUES

Programs related to addressing challenges specific to the Pacific/Oceanic region, such as maritime and polar affairs, climate change, economic development, infrastructure, educational development and capacity building, health and wellness, and technology.

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Programs related to stronger partnerships in addressing shared global challenges including, but not limed to, combatting climate change, raising awareness of and combatting mis and disinformation, and responding to global health crises. 

REGIONAL SECURITY

Programs that address issues of regional security, cybersecurity, non-proliferation, and countering violent extremism, as well as exchanges that promote multilateral cooperation and enhance stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

TECHNOLOGY CAPACITY AND DIGITAL LITERACY

Programs that build resilient, open and secure ICT infrastructure, expanding internet connectivity, e-commerce, 5G technology systems, and programming that supports the safe and effective use of digital technology to enhance prosperity and civic engagement.

SUPPORTING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Programs that support or promote diversity and inclusion including inclusive civic participation and empowerment, entrepreneurship training or workforce development, leadership development, civil rights/human rights issues, and programs that increase participation in political, civic, and military processes.

HIGHER EDUCATION EXCHANGE

Programs that promote higher education exchange between the U.S. and New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and/or Niue, including programs that educate students, parents, teachers/school staff, and coaches about the pathways and processes to higher education in the United States and/or programs that create stronger academic or research partnerships between the United States and New Zealand.

APPLY HERE (PDF – more details).