Small Grants Program / Annual Program Statement

Overview of the Small Grants Program

The United States Embassy and Consulates in France offer small grants for outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in France.  Applicants must demonstrate how they intend to actively promote an understanding of the United States and how they will engage with French audiences.


Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to France PAS Annual Program Statement 2020
Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-France-FY20-01
Deadlines for Applications: February 15, May 15, July 15, 17:00 CET
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Minimum/Maximum for Each Award:    $2,000 – $25,000


The U.S. Embassy France Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small 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.

Purpose of Small Grants:  PAS Paris 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:  PAS 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 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, violent extremism, anti-Semitism, racially or ethnically motivated terrorism, or cyber threats; and encourage resistance to malign influence and disinformation.
  • Countering Anti-Semitism and Targeted Violence: Activities that address the spike of anti-Semitic acts and increased incidents of targeted violence in France, highlighting the threat of these acts to our shared democratic values.
  • 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.
  • Shared Democratic Values: Non-partisan activities that promote an understanding of U.S. democracy (such as around the 2020 U.S. elections) and how the United States and France share democratic values, especially among audiences with little first-hand knowledge of the United States.
  • Technology and Innovation: Activities that support cooperation in such areas as space exploration, agricultural technology, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Shared Values and Interests: Activities that promote the long history of the U.S.-France relationship and build people-to-people ties, including but not limited to commemorations of key historic events and commemorative programs.
  • 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.

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

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, or speaker programs;
  • Workshops to counter violent extremism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation;
  • Interactive programs that stimulate economic growth, promote entrepreneurship, and provide economic opportunities;
  • Professional and academic exchanges and programs.

All application materials must be submitted electronically in English to   Applications materials submitted via other means will not be accepted.

Please submit your proposal using the application forms found on the right sidebar of this page.

For more information, eligibility, and deadlines please read: Annual Program Statement PAS-France-FY2020-01 (PDF)

Questions can be directed to:

Please note: We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity/Annual Program Statement.