Annual Program Statement

Below are instructions and applications forms for our two main mechanisms for supporting activities that strengthen ties between the United States and Russia. Please click the dropdown box for more information, eligibility, and deadlines. Competitive proposals will include activities that contribute to promoting dialogue on key topics important to both the United States and Russia. The goal of both programs is to strengthen ties between the United States and Russia through concrete demonstrations of cooperation between our two peoples.

Request an American expert or cultural group

The U.S. Mission to Russia regularly brings American subject-matter experts, music and dance groups, artists, athletes, teachers, and professors to Russia to build bridges between our two countries. Individuals and organizations may submit a request, using the form below, to propose that the Embassy sponsor an American individual or group to come to Russia to talk or perform, or take part in an online engagement. The theme of the program should contribute to cultural dialogue on key topics important to the United States and Russia.

Preference will be given to programs that address one or more of these key themes:

  • Concrete demonstrations of cooperation between American and Russian people in the area of space exploration, science and technology;
  • Collaborative artistic and cultural programs that result in joint deliverables or performances;
  • Grassroots expression and fiction and nonfiction storytelling through writing, art, and new media;
  • City-to-city partnerships;
  • American business values, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and the role of fair labor and judicial practices as a key to economic stability.
  • Programs that support women and minority rights and programs that provide skills and tools for people with disabilities.

Eligibility Information:

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Moscow invites Russian individuals and organizations to apply. American experts or cultural groups may also apply, but a request will be strengthened with a letter of support from one or more Russian partner organizations. Americans who are discussing possible collaboration with Russian organizations, festivals should encourage their Russian partners to submit a proposal.

Program rules

  • Most American experts or groups usually travel to Russia for one to two weeks. Visits to Russia can either consist of a series of engagements in several cities, or an in-depth workshop at one site in Russia lasting four days or more. It is generally not cost effective to bring Americans to Russia for less than a week.
  • The program emphasis is on cities outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.  American experts and groups may start or end their program in Moscow or St. Petersburg, but the focus is on reaching audiences outside of these two cities.
  • All Americans traveling to Russia by air must comply with the Fly America Act by using an American airline or codeshare.  To ensure proper stewardship of taxpayer funds, the U.S. government may only purchase economy airfare for travelers.
  • If your program is approved, the U.S. Embassy will work directly with the visitor to arrange the Russian visa, airfare, insurance, lodging, per diem for meals, and in some cases, a modest honorarium.
  • Audience engagements should not financially profit the local organization or visitor.

To request a subject-matter expert or performer, please download and read the complete instructions, and fill out the application below and email it to: USembRUculture@state.gov

Complete Instructions(DOCX, 32Kb)       Application(DOCX, 30Kb)

Application forms must be submitted in English.

Questions can be directed to: USembRUculture@state.gov

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Moscow Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available through our Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This Annual Program Statement outlines our funding priorities, strategic themes, and the procedure for submitting requests for funding. Applications for programs are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline (June 15, 2020). This deadline is necessary to provide sufficient time to process and award programs before the end of our fiscal year on September 30, 2020. Applicants may apply for funding between $500 and $24,000 (the small grants program). Using the same application, you may also apply for funding up to $75,000 (the large grants program), although the number of large grants awarded each year is extremely limited.

Please carefully follow all instructions below. Please use the grant application document and budget template found on our website.

Purpose of APS Grants: PAS Moscow invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Russia through concrete demonstrations of cooperation between our two peoples. All grant proposals must convey an element of American history, culture, or shared values. Competitive proposals should support a priority program area (see below). Competitive proposals should also include a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s that will promote increased cooperation between the people of the United States and Russia even after the program has finished.

Priority Program Areas:

  • Concrete demonstrations of cooperation between American and Russian people in the area of space exploration, science and technology;
  • Collaborative artistic and cultural programs that result in joint deliverables or performances;
  • Grassroots expression and fiction and nonfiction storytelling through writing, art, and new media;
  • City-to-city partnerships;
  • American business values, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and the role of fair labor and judicial practices as a key to economic stability.
  • Programs that support women and minority rights and programs that provide skills and tools for people with disabilities.
  • University-to-university partnerships for Russian and American students to approach and solve problems of mutual interest to both countries, project based learning, and long-term student-to-student interaction.

Deadline for Applications: Rolling until June 15, 2020

Total Amount Available: Amount pending funds availability

Maximum for Each Award:

Small grants: $500 – $24,000

Large Grants: $25,000 – $75,000

Please download the complete instructions and frequently asked questions.

Complete Instructions(DOCX, 42Kb)       Application (DOCX, 63Kb)

Application forms must be submitted in English.

Questions can be directed to: grantsrussia@state.gov