Grants Programs

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Grant Programs

The Office of Public Diplomacy manages the U.S. Embassy in Brussel’s grants program, which is designed to assist non-profit, cultural, and educational organizations implement programs that advance U.S.-Belgian ties.
All available grant opportunities offered by the U.S. Embassy in Brussels are posted online at www.grants.gov to ensure open competition and transparency.

General Guidelines

  • All forms must be completed in English and all budgets and other figures must be converted to U.S. dollars ($).
  • All inquiries must be sent to USGrantsBE@state.gov.
  • Where flights to and from the United States are part of a program, these flights must adhere to the provisions of the Fly America Act
  • If you receive a grant reward, you will work with your assigned Grants Officer and/or Grants Officer Representative to ensure that your program costs are allowable to implement your program successfully.

Annual Program Statement

The most recent opportunity advertised is our Annual Program Statement.
Applications will be accepted from now until September 14, 2018 on a rolling basis. This call for proposals covers grants between $10,000 and $150,000.

A grants review committee reviews proposals periodically to evaluate and prioritize proposals based on the availability of funds. We invite proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Belgium by highlighting shared values, promoting bilateral cooperation and enhance the understanding of the United States in Belgium. All grant proposals must convey an American cultural element, support a priority program area, or include 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. You can access the Annual Program Statement at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298567.

Our current priority program areas are:

  • Programs that demonstrate active engagement by the United States and Belgium to address new and evolving security challenges;
  • Programs that highlight U.S.-Belgian cooperation that counters terrorism, radicalization, and transnational crime;
  • Programs that strengthen the transatlantic economic ties between Belgians and Americans; and
  • Programs that support a long-term investment in U.S.-Belgian ties through educational, cultural, professional, and other exchanges and interactions between our two countries

We welcome applications for programs that reach out to:

  • Youth;
  • Women and youth from underserved communities;
  • Cultural institutions;
  • Academic institutions;
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs;
  • Community leaders;
  • U.S. and Belgian thought leaders; and
  • Social and new media users

Grants may be requested for a range of activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Grassroots programs that counter the influences of radicalization;
  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
  • Youth leadership programs, especially for minorities;
  • Professional and academic exchanges and projects;
  • Media training and press outreach;
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in technological or other fields; and
  • Sports-related programming

Small Grants Program

For proposals under $10,000, you may be eligible for our Small Grants Program.

The priority program areas are the same as the Annual Program Statement:

  • Programs that demonstrate active engagement by the United States and Belgium to address new and evolving security challenges;
  • Programs that highlight U.S.-Belgian cooperation that counters terrorism, radicalization, and transnational crime;
  • Programs that strengthen the transatlantic economic ties between Belgians and Americans; and
  • Programs that support a long-term investment in U.S.-Belgian ties through educational, cultural, professional, and other exchanges and interactions between our two countries

Please follow the guidelines in the proposal template (maximum three pages) and send your submission to USGrantsBE@state.gov.
Successful applicants will further application materials to complete and submit for further consideration of their proposed program.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the above information or working with us through a grant program, please send us an email at USGrantsBE@state.gov.