Grants Program – General Notice of Funding Opportunity



The U.S. Embassy 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.

Purpose of Grants: PAS New Zealand invites Statement of Interest (SOI) for projects that strengthen cooperation and understanding between the United States and New Zealand, promote the mutual benefits of bilateral trade and investment, and deepen the relationships with Pacific communities, in New Zealand, Niue and the Cook Islands, based on our shared values and heritage. All programs must include an American cultural element or share U.S. expertise/perspective, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of the United States.

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

Total Amount Available:                 $350,000

Maximum for Each Award:            $100,000

Deadline for Applications: August 1, 2021.

Priority Program Areas:

    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.
    Programs that promote and support entrepreneurship and bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and New Zealand, with particular focus on programs that bring U.S. experts to New Zealand for the purpose of making lasting connections with New Zealand counterparts.
  3. PACIFIC REGIONAL ISSUES. Programs related to addressing challenges specific to the Pacific/Oceanic region, such as maritime and polar affairs, economic development, infrastructure, educational development and capacity building, health and wellness, and technology.
  4. 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.
  5. TECHNOLOGY CAPACITY AND DIGITAL LITERACY. Programs that build resilient, open and secure ICT infrastructure, expanding internet connectivity, e-commerce, 5G technology systems, and, and programming that supports the safe and effective use of digital technology to enhance prosperity and civic engagement.
  6. 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.
  7. STEM EDUCATION. Programs that support or promote primary and secondary school-level education programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
  8. 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.