Grants Programs

Annual Programming Statement 2018

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 345KB) for key information on required registrations and the entire application process. 

Beginning on April 27, 2018, entities renewing or updating their registration will also be required to submit an original, signed notarized letter confirming the authorized Entity Administrator associated with the DUNS number before the registration is activated.


PAS Canberra invites proposals for projects that strengthen and encourage support for the U.S. – Australian alliance. 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 U.S. – Australian alliance.

For this year our Priority Program Areas are:

  • Advancing U.S. – Australian cooperation on addressing 21st century challenges; including 1) current global security challenges, 2) free, fair, and reciprocal trade policies, and 3) natural resource management;
  • Increasing understanding of the depth and breadth of the U.S.-Australia economic partnership;
  • Increasing understanding of the benefits of the U.S.-Australia security alliance;
  • Providing younger Australians the opportunity to experience less well-known aspects of the United States through U.S. culture and arts 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 1 and July 1. Submissions should be emailed to Following these deadlines, the Public Affairs Section will review all proposals received during that period and make funding determinations.