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Public Diplomacy Grants Program

The Public Diplomacy Grants Program supports initiatives that promote educational and cultural engagement and foster mutual understanding between the United States and Iraq.  Grants are awarded for projects designed to further the development of Iraq’s future leaders, build the capacity of Iraqi institutions, and promote awareness and understanding of shared U.S. and Iraqi values. 

Proposals are accepted at any time; applicants may be individuals or representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, cultural organizations, or research and academic institutions.  Priority will be given to Iraqi applicants, although the program is open to U.S.-based not-for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education.  Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and generally will not exceed $100,000; most will be smaller.  Requests for support for individual or group research projects or to help defray the costs of study abroad will not be considered. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Empowering Women and Youth
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Promoting Civic Engagement and Strengthening Civil Society
  • Fostering Cultural Ties
  • Enhancing Professionalism in the Media

Applications will be evaluated based on the proposed topic, clearly formulated goals, the target group, and the capacity of the individual or organization to carry out the proposed activity.  Cost-sharing and the inclusion of alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs in developing and implementing grant activity are encouraged.  Applications should explain clearly any other likely sources of funding for the project. 

Examples of program activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Public outreach campaigns
  • Training programs
  • Seminars, workshops, or roundtable discussions
  • Cultural activities related to film, music, or literature.

 Proposals that support social welfare projects, partisan or political party activity, religious activity, or trade or other commercial activity will not be considered. 

Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement with the U.S. Embassy and to submit program and financial reports as specified in the agreement.  For more information, please contact or visit

Other Grant Opportunities:

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to provide day-to-day logistical field-support for 9 existing American Corners in Iraq under the strategic oversight and direction of the Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS). These American Corners are fully operational and located in the following cities: Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Tikrit, Maysan, Basrah, Najaf, Mosul and Dohuk. Subject to the availability of funds, the Embassy expects to award one cooperative agreement for up to $300,000.00 for the implementation of day-to-day logistical field support of the American Corners project in Iraq. Closing date for application submissions is June 25th, 2014. In detail description of the program and requirements can be found under the useful links to the upper right corner named Request for Proposals for American Corners. Please note that the proposals have to be submitted on our standard application form also available under the useful links.

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