Annual Programming Statement 2019

Annual Programming Statement 2019

The U.S. Embassy Canberra’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. Below is the summary of the Annual Program Statement, which outlines our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please read the entire Annual Programming Statement (PDF 549KB) for key information on required registrations and the entire application process. 


PAS Canberra invites proposals for projects that strengthen support for and deepen understanding of the enduring U.S. – Australia partnership and shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific. All programs must include an American element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of, or experience with, the United States.

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon. PAS Canberra especially welcomes proposals from individuals and organizations that highlight the cooperation between the U.S. and Australian in this momentous event and the continued U.S. – Australian cooperation in space exploration. For this year our Priority Program Areas are:

Priority Program Areas: 

  • Advance U.S. – Australian cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, specifically in the areas of: 1) regional security, 2) regional economic trade and investment, and 3) governance;
  • Highlight the cooperation between the U.S. and Australian in space exploration and the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon.
  • Promote and educate the Australian public on the U.S. – Australia economic relationship and the economic opportunities in the U.S. for Australians;
  • Engage young Australians on the U.S. – Australia partnership through U.S. culture and community programming.

The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from U.S. and Australian:

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions
  • Governmental institutions 

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Grant Application Forms

If applying as an Organization: 

If applying as an Individual: 

***Updated Guidance on Registering with the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM)***

Due to an active investigation by the GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) into alleged, third party fraudulent activity in SAM, GSA now requires a signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number. While the notarized letter does not have to be on file at the time of SAM activation, the original, signed copy of the notarized letter must be sent to the Federal Service Desk. The address along with additional information can be found here.

Proposal Submission and Deadlines

There will be two deadlines for submission of grant proposals in 2019: March 31 and July 31. Submissions should be emailed to Following these deadlines, the Public Affairs Section will review all proposals received during that period and make funding determinations.