Grants Opportunities

Grants administered through the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Iraq

This page is your source for finding information about grants administered through the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its Consulate in Erbil. If you are an applicant applying from Iraq, this page is for you. We have provided application forms and described the procedure for awarding grants.

Grant Announcement | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq

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
• Encouraging Environmental Awareness
• 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.
Key Registrations:
All federal award recipients must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. Recipients must maintain accurate and up-to-date information in www.SAM.gov until all program and financial activity and reporting have been completed. Recipients must review and update the information at least annually after the initial registration and more frequently if required information changes or another award is granted. Failure to register in SAM will render applicant’s ineligible to receive funding.
Contact Information:

For information and questions about this announcement, please send all email inquiries to the U.S. Embassy Baghdad at baghdadpdgrants@state.gov. Applications must be submitted in English to Baghdadpdgrants@state.gov. All correspondence regarding this announcement should reference the title ‘Public Diplomacy Grants Program” located at the top of this announcement when making your request.

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.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to implement projects. In detail description of the project and requirements on how to apply can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) below. You can also find information on where to find the application form within the NOFO.

Please download the full Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.

The U.S. Mission in Iraq announces an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2023 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2023).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements below. Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2023 should submit proposals to baghdadpdgrants@state.gov by March 1,2023.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

AEIF provides alumni of U.S. government-sponsored and facilitated exchange programs with funding to expand on skills gained during their exchange experience to design and implement innovative solutions to global challenges facing their community. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition. This year, AEIF 2023 will support United States’ commitment to supports initiatives that advance the policy goals of the U.S. Mission to Iraq, which include “fostering stability and economic growth,” “bolstering democracy and governance,” and “ensuring Iraq’s sovereignty and security.

The U.S. Mission in Iraq will accept public service projects proposed and managed by teams of at least two (2) alumni that support themes such as:

  • Furthering the Development of Iraq’s Future Leaders
  • Promoting Awareness and Understanding of Shared U.S. and Iraqi Values
  • Strengthening Governance, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
  • Encouraging Environmental Awareness
  • Strengthening Civil Society and Promoting Civic Engagement
  • Enhancing Professionalism in the Media
  • Combatting Disinformation
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Empowering Women and Youth
  • Building the Capacity of Iraqi Institutions.

Please download the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund NOFO, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.