Grant Opportunities

Jeff Koons. Tulips, 1995-2004.
Jeff Koons. Tulips, 1995-2004.

From time to time, the U.S. Embassy in China offers funding opportunities for individuals and organizations operating in a variety of areas, such as preserving and promoting culture.

Through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the Department of State is helping eligible countries around the globe preserve historic sites and manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance, and language. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the Fund, established by Congress in 2001 to assist developing countries in preserving their cultural heritage. Funded projects include technical support for the restoration of historic buildings; assessment and conservation of museum collections; archaeological site preservation; documentation to save threatened traditional crafts; improved storage conditions for archives and manuscripts; and documentation of indigenous languages. Check here again in December 2017 for the call for grant proposals.

The call for proposals usually comes out in December of each year and projects can generally start in the following September. To be added to the distribution list, please contact us by email BeijingCulturalGrant@state.gov.

This competitive program offers grants of up to $20,000 to non-government, non-profit organizations working to support civil society.  The call for proposals usually comes out in the spring and projects can generally start in September. To be added to the distribution list, please contact us by email BeijingCulturalGrant@state.gov.

As long as funds are available, the US Embassy Beijing will award multiple annual grants (maximum US$50,000) to support American arts and cultural programming in China.  The current application process closed February 28, 2017.  We anticipate opening the 2018 cycle in January 2018.  For more information about the program, please contact BeijingCulturalGrant@state.gov

The goal of these grants is to allow Chinese audiences to better understand the United States, its culture, society, government, language, law, economic system, and values. The U.S. Government believes that building mutual understanding is a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy abroad.  U.S. embassies and consulates abroad seek to tell America’s story by explaining U.S. policies, values, culture, and history.  Areas of possible programming may include (but are not limited to):

  • Exhibitions of U.S. visual arts, films, artworks, crafts, and similar creations, whether through the display of pictures, videos, or the artworks themselves;
  • Performing arts programming representing the broad range of S. performing arts, including music, dance, and drama;
  • Educational programs that incorporate American arts and culture into classroom or other educational outreach programs.