U.S. Embassy Havana Annual Program Statement 

U.S. Embassy Havana

Annual Program Statement 

Deadline for Applications: The U.S. Embassy Havana will accept proposals throughout the year and will review proposals as funding becomes available. 

Total Amount Available: TBD 

Maximum for Each Award: $100,000  


The U.S. Embassy in Havana of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy 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: The U.S. Embassy Havana invites proposals for Public Diplomacy (PD) programs that advance U.S. foreign policy goals in Cuba with a particular focus on advocating respect for human rights, encouraging safe and legal travel and migration, and building the cultural, educational and private sectors to provide meaningful opportunities in Cuba.  All programs must include an American cultural element or a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. The proposed programs should promote communication, engagement, and/or dialogue between the United States and Cuba’s private sector and/or civil society.  

 Examples of grants programs include, but are not limited to: 

  • Programs that promote, educate, and encourage discussion about internationally recognized human rights 
  • Programs that provide information, capacity building, mentorships, networking opportunities etc. to private Cuban businesses/entrepreneurs 
  • Programs that expand space in Cuba (in person or digitally) for discussion of the rights of traditionally marginalized populations, including women, the LGBTQ+ community, Afro-Cubans, and disabled populations. 
  • English language programs that focus on skills needed to work in the private sector;  
  • Programs to empower women and girls by providing life-skills such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship and innovation training, and access to education;  

 Applicants may propose project activities in a variety of areas, but applications must demonstrate knowledge of Cuba and detail existing partnerships in Cuba. Ideally, all proposals will include a U.S. partner and a Cuban partner or partners working together.  

 Priority Program Areas: 

  1. Advocating respect for internationally recognized human rights. 
  2. Encouraging safe and legal travel and migration 
  3. Building economic, cultural, and educational opportunities in Cuba 

 Participants and Audiences: 

The U.S. Mission in Cuba seeks innovative and sustainable proposals. In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will give consideration to the full range and diversity of private Cuban and U.S. organizations. The Public Affairs Section will also seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences in Cuba.  

 The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:  

 Programs relating to partisan political activity; 

  • Charitable or development activities; 
  • Construction programs; 
  • Programs that support specific religious activities; 
  • Fund-raising campaigns; 
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs 
  • Scientific research; 
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or 
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs. 

 Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding: 

Funding authority rests primarily in the Smith-Mundt Act. The source of funding for this Annual Program Statement is fiscal year 2020 Public Diplomacy funds.  


Length of performance period: Generally 3-18 months  

Number of awards anticipated: TBD based on funding levels 

Award amounts: Awards generally range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000 

Total available funding: TBD 

Type of Funding:  Fiscal Year 2024 Public Diplomacy Funding 

Anticipated program start date:  Ongoing 

This notice is subject to availability of funding. 

 Funding Instrument Type:  Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement for individuals or organizations. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PAS staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation.   

 Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should generally be completed in 18 months or less.  


 Eligible Applicants 

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

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience; 
  • Individuals 

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

 Cost Sharing or Matching 

 Cost sharing is not required but is encouraged. 

 Content of Application 

Interested parties should submit a concept note.  The concept note should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The concept note should not exceed four pages and should include the items listed below: 

  • Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program and how it relates to the focus areas outlined in this annual program statement. 
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed. 
  • Program Goals and Objectives:  The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve.  How will this project advance the focus areas listed in this annual program statement? The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable. 
  • Proposed Program Schedule:  The proposed timeline for the program activities.   
  • Key Organizations/Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. Brief background on proposing organization.
  • Program Partners:  List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations. 
  • Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives. 
  • Budget: Please include main activities and anticipated costs together with enough information so that the numbers make sense.  

 Please ensure: 

  • The concept note clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity; 
  • The concept note is in English; 
  • The budget is in U.S. Dollars. 

 A Grants Review Committee will evaluate all eligible proposals. 

 Contact US 

If you wish to submit a proposal or have any questions about the U.S. Mission to Cuba’s Annual Program Statement or the application process, please write to: 


Please note that we will not be able to provide any recommendations on the topics or the quality of the proposals, and only general information will be given. If your proposal is selected for further consideration you will be required to complete a full application for a U.S. Federal Grant, including registration with SAM.gov, a lengthy process.  If your organization is not already registered with SAM.gov, we encourage you to begin the process now.  If you are experiencing issues registering on SAM.gov, which is not mandatory at this stage of the application, please refer to the SAM.gov webpage or go to: https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp 

Funding Opportunity: Alumni