Annual Public Diplomacy Grant Program

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy Bishkek is pleased to announce 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.

Purpose of Public Diplomacy Grants:  The PDS invites Statements of Interest for programs that strengthen ties between the United States and the Kyrgyz Republic and support a priority program area (see below) in order to highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation. All proposed programs must include an American element, either through a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s, usage of American educational/informational resources, or any other activities that promote or contribute to increased mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Special consideration will be given to proposals which include partnership with Kyrgyz governmental bodies, and to organizations that have a demonstrated track record of implementing these types of partnerships.

PDS invites proposals for programs that support one of the following U.S. Embassy priority program areas: 

Sustainable Economic Growth 

Proposals should promote an inclusive creative economy built upon regional connectivity, enhanced human capital, clean energy, and sustainable development.

Accountable Governance and Stability

Proposals should advance a more transparent, accountable, inclusive and democratic system of governance in the Kyrgyz Republic.

English Language Programming

Proposals should improve English language production and comprehension in the Kyrgyz Republic, especially for those in the regions outside of the capital and residents of the “novostroika” marginalized communities of Bishkek.

Climate Change Resilience and Environmental Protection

Proposals should engage government, industry and/or local communities in developing strategies for mitigation of the effects of climate change, and in implementing locally driven projects which protect the environment.

Combating Transnational Threats

Proposals should strengthen regional security and stability and combat transnational threats through engagement with diverse, targeted stakeholders on key issues like violent extremism, human trafficking, and emergency preparedness.

When developing their Statements of Interest, applicants should ensure that the project objectives follow SMART guidelines.

For more info, please click on the full Annual Program Statement 

Please note that the Public Diplomacy Section only accepts Statements of Interest at this stage. Statements of Interest will be accepted via email to on a rolling basis until August 17, 2023 at 11:59 PM Bishkek time. The subject line should include “#2023 Bishkek APS” in order to ensure proper review. U.S. Embassy Bishkek will consider all Statements of Interest and invite shortlisted projects to submit a full grant application.

Support for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA): All programs should consider strategies for expanding the pool of individuals/organizations/beneficiaries to afford opportunities for as diverse and inclusive a population as is feasible to bring perspectives based on religion, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and age to implementation of the program.