The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the 2024 Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS makes funding available for cultural and exchange programs that strengthen ties between the United States and Italy, highlight shared values, and promote bilateral cooperation. The APS is a best practice utilized by many U.S. embassies around the world to solicit proposals for funding via an open and transparent competition process.
The United States Embassy invites proposals from qualified individuals and organizations. All programs must include a significant American cultural element and/or a connection with American experts, organizations or institutions in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. foreign policy and perspectives. The submission deadline is January 25, 2024.
***Please carefully read our Priority Program Areas: proposals which do not match our priorities will not be considered for funding.
Please note that for the 2024 APS, the maximum request for funding will be $75,000. The U.S. Embassy may award smaller amounts than the full proposal, as deemed appropriate. The U.S. Embassy also strongly encourages proposals with cost-sharing.
Priority Program Areas Are:
- Climate: Proposals in this area should promote cooperation and seek to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, including through reduction in methane emissions, reducing global deforestation, and transition to renewable energy sources. Proposals may also increase collaboration and/or share best practices on meeting U.S. and Italian commitments on climate change.
- Democracy, and Democratic Values: Proposals in this area should strengthen and reinforce the practice of democratic principles within Italy (such as countering racism and gender-based violence, and reducing extremism, antisemitism, and intolerance of marginalized groups in Italy) and/or strengthen the capacity of Italian civil society in fostering democratic values and renewing trust in democracy;
- Transatlantic Security: Proposals in this area should support and advance cooperation and shared interests in the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Italy through efforts to promote cooperation in NATO and other multilateral security organizations, including support for Ukraine against Russia’s full-scale invasion, cybersecurity, the role of women in peace and security, and increasing cooperation in the Mediterranean;
- Economic Prosperity: Proposals in this area should promoting transparent and rules-based trade, and investment in sustainable growth. Though not required, proposals with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, will receive favorable consideration.
- Countering Disinformation: Proposals in this area should increase target audiences’ understanding of and ability to counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation that undermines faith in democratic governance. Proposals that support increased awareness of disinformation among the media and journalists are welcome.
Content of Application
Concept note: the concept note should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. We encourage applicants to apply using the following form https://www.jotform.com/build/232904368082155 which includes the items listed below:
- Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact;
- 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. What aspect of the relationship between the U.S. and Italy will be improved? The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable;
- Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
- 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 applications.
If you have any questions about the U.S. Mission to Italy’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 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