Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards

The Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance program funds projects that further the U.S. Mission’s public diplomacy goals: enhancing prosperity for Vietnam through market orientation, governance, education and the environment; improving security cooperation; enhancing education ties, strengthening media engagement, and/or building capacity of local partners.

The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City accepts the proposals for projects in the provinces south of and including Thua Thien Hue. Please see Announcements section for open funding opportunities, deadlines, and submission guidelines. Please check back regularly for new funding opportunities.

  • [OPEN] Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards (Annual Program Statement) (PDF, 538KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time
                                          Round 1: January 15, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
                                          Round 2: June 1, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)                                    
    Project Budget: Up to $25,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    This Annual Program Statement solicits proposals for projects that further the U.S. Mission’s public diplomacy goals of expanding media engagement, strengthening people-to-people ties between Vietnam and the United States, and building and strengthening local partners through the specific objectives listed. Public diplomacy programming includes communication with international audiences, cultural programming, educational exchanges, trade promotion, regional security, English language programming, innovation in and improvement of education systems, promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and promoting journalistic professionalism.
  • [OPEN] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 25th anniversary of establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam(PDF, 444KB)
    Application deadline: Rolling throughout the year, until funding is exhausted
    Project Budget: Up to $25,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    Twenty-five years after establishing diplomatic relations, the United States and Vietnam are trusted partners with a friendship grounded in mutual respect.  In trade, development, education, health care, energy, and security, the United States and a strong and independent Vietnam are working together with a shared commitment to peace and prosperity.  As we share a quarter century of partnership in 2020, this request for proposals seeks to fund projects that further the U.S. Mission’s public diplomacy goals of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam and renews our commitment to work together to ensure a bright future full of peace and prosperity for the American and Vietnamese people.
  • [OPEN] 2020 Alumni Small Grants Competition (PDF, 414KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, April 1, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $10,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City invites Vietnamese alumni of U.S. Government-funded (USG) exchange programs to submit proposals for the 2020 Alumni Small Grants Competition.  These grants aim to create opportunities for alumni to work together on a shared vision of a brighter future for Vietnam and the U.S. – Vietnam relationship by addressing shared concerns.  Alumni can submit proposals as individuals or under the auspices of a non-profit organization in which alumni are working. Activities will only be funded in the provinces south of and including Thua Thien Hue.
  • [OPEN] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for 2020 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit (PDF, 264KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, April 10, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $600,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    U.S. Mission to Vietnam is seeking proposal submissions for a cooperative agreement to design, implement, and oversee the 2020 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit (YSEALI Summit), pending the availability of FY 2020 funds. The three-day Summit (exclusive of arrival and departure dates) will gather 150 participants aged 18-35. The award recipient should design a youth-focused, high-energy, and dynamic YSEALI Summit to give the next generation of Southeast Asian leaders the opportunity to develop solutions, partnerships, and ideas around the 2020 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) theme, “Cohesive and Responsive.”
  • [CLOSED] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Women’s Empowerment Club (PDF, 458KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $10,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    This Notice of Funding Opportunity is available through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards Program for the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. All projects will need to run during the regular office hours of the American Center (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm). Proposals should focus on at least one of the priority women empowerment programs and target audiences as specified in the NOFO, for example professional skills, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and Business, media & arts, civil society, women in politics and governance, underprivileged and vulnerable groups. 
  • [CLOSED] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Journalism Club (PDF, 455KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $15,000 
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    This Notice of Funding Opportunity is available for journalism club related projects through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards Program for the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The program must be held at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. 
    Proposals should focus on at least one of the priority programs and target audiences as specified in the NOFO, for example media literacy, English for journalists and media professionals, data journalism, investigative reporting, video storytelling, American journalism, “This week”, and podcasting.  
  • [CLOSED] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for American Social Club (PDF, 450KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $10,000 
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    This Notice of Funding Opportunity is available for American Social Club through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards Program for the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The program must be held during the regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City . The target audiences for successful projects are Vietnamese students and professionals ages 15-40.
    Proposals should focus on at least one of the priority programs as specified in the NOFO, for example Media and arts, civil society, civic engagement, digital inclusion and security, human and societal development, “World café”.  
  • [OPEN] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Technology Club (PDF, 461KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, April 26, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $15,000 
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    Through this funding opportunity the U.S. Consulate General aims to provide American Center patrons with high quality opportunities to learn and experience the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Projects should indicate the level of the program (a) beginners with little to no coding knowledge, (b) for medium STEM knowledge, (c) for advanced STEM professionals.  Proposals should focus on one or more of the priority STEM programs and target audiences specified in the NOFO.  We will not consider funding proposals for students under age 15.
  • [OPEN] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for English Language Teaching Program (PDF, 455KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, April 26, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $10,000
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    This Notice of Funding Opportunity is available through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards Program for the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City. Through it, the U.S. Consulate General aims to provide American Center patrons with high quality opportunities to practice their English and to learn more about American culture. The program should be based on sound English Language Teaching pedagogy, combining some structured instruction along with ample time for speaking practice.  All projects will need to run during the regular office hours of the American Center (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).
  • [CLOSED] Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for University and High school Guidance Counselor Training (PDF, 353KB)
    Application deadline: Vietnam Time, July 24, 2019 (11:59 p.m.)
    Project Budget: Up to $12,500 
    Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar
    The U.S. Mission in Vietnam Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available for University and High school Guidance Counselor Training through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards program in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. It aims to improve the capacity of guidance counselors, administrative staff or English teachers of educational institutions who assist students in pursuing study abroad, specifically to the United States. By helping to improve their counseling skills and their understanding of U.S. higher education, they will in turn provide better guidance to their students who are thinking about pursuing higher education programs in the United States.
  • [CLOSED] YSEALI Mekong Delta Small Grants Competition (PDF, 83KB)
    Application deadline: August 8, 2018 (11:59 p.m., Vietnam Time)
    Project Budget: Up to $1,500
    The U.S. Mission to Vietnam and the Resource Center for Community Development (RCCD), An Giang University invite the participants of the 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Protecting The Mekong Delta Environment to submit proposals for the YSEALI Mekong Delta Small Grants Competition. These grants aim to provide the potential short and long term solutions and implementation strategies for addressing changes in the environment that are causing serious and observable consequences in the Mekong Delta. Workshop participants can submit proposals with their workshop teammates with mentors or with other participants in their home countries.
  • [CLOSED] The Vietnam Education Foundation Alumni Small Grants Program (PDF-508KB)
    Project Budget: Up to $20,000
    Proposals may be between February 5 and July 31, 2018 with submission deadlines as follows: March 31, May 31 and July 31
    These grants aim to strengthen the VEF Alumni community in Vietnam by creating opportunities for alumni to work together on a shared vision of a brighter future for Vietnam and the U.S. – Vietnam relationship by addressing shared concerns. Alumni teams, which can include alumni of other U.S. Government (USG) sponsored programs, can submit proposals as a group of individuals or under the auspices of a non-profit organization in which alumni are working.