The goal of these grants is to enhance relations between Canadian and U.S. organizations and people in the priority areas described, and/or to inform Canadian audiences about the United States, its culture, society, government, legal, economic and political systems, and values.  To further these goals, grant proposals must include a specific focus on American content, which can include speakers who are experts in U.S. policy, academia, culture, and economics; the use of U.S. training models or materials; exchanges with U.S. institutions; or promotion of U.S. culture and art.


The U.S. Mission to Canada Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Public Affairs Grants program to support activities that promote U.S.-Canada bilateral relations in the following four priority areas:

1) Increase entrepreneurship and community prosperity, and support professional and educational exchanges, especially among youth and underserved communities;

2) Enhance civil society’s ability to respond to transnational crime, natural disasters, terrorist threats and public health challenges;

3) Enhance bilateral partnerships in promotion of rule of law assistance and cooperation in the Americas and beyond; and

4) Promote cultural and civic exchanges and enhance understanding of our shared values, traditions and history; promote North American institutional and/or community linkages.


The U.S. Mission to Canada encourages applications from all sectors in Canada, as well as U.S. not-for-profit organizations that have partners in Canada, and registered Canadian organizations: civil society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

To be eligible for a grant award, in addition to other conditions of this request for applications, organizations must have a commitment to non-discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non-discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Commercial firms are ineligible to receive funding through this award mechanism.

Eligibility is limited to those who qualify to receive U.S. grants, and who have the ability to develop and implement their proposed programs with Canadians and Americans.  The U.S. Mission to Canada and the Department of State encourage organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement.

Funding Available

Est. Project Start Date: Before September 30, 2019

Est. Project End Date: January 1, 2022

Award Ceiling: U.S. $20,000.00

Award Floor: U.S. $3,000.00

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until August 30, 2019, at 18:00 (EDT).  All applicants are typically contacted six to eight weeks after they submit a proposal, and informed whether their proposal was selected.  Grant Proposals must be submitted at least 10 weeks before the start of the program

Proposals are due at noon on the first Friday of each month.

Internal Review Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Approval Form  August 23, 2019
Final Submission Opportunity to Sponsor August 30, 2019, 6:00 P.M. (ET)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Heloise Emdon