• Last updated: 03 Feb. 2015 11:51

NATO Public Diplomacy Division’s Co-Sponsorship Grants

The role of the Public Diplomacy Division’s Engagements Section

The Engagements Section’s goal is to foster awareness and understanding of NATO, its values, policies and activities, and to increase the level of debate on peace, security and defence related issues. To this end, the Section conducts and supports a wide range of public diplomacy activities, such as conferences, seminars and information campaigns, meant to reach out to opinion formers, professionals, the successor generation and other relevant audiences.

Co-sponsorship for public diplomacy activities on peace and security-related issues

Co-sponsorship applications must be submitted two months prior to the event.

Co-sponsorship for conferences, seminars, workshops and other relevant public diplomacy activities, such as digital multimedia or online projects, on peace and security-related issues is available in the form of discretionary grants from NATO's Public Diplomacy Division.  Typically, recipients for these grants are NGOs, universities, think tanks and other pertinent civil society organizations.  Projects should focus on different aspects of NATO's current agenda, and priority is given to projects related to the following topics:

  • Collective defence
  • Cooperative Security and NATO's partnerships
  • NATO's role in crisis management
  • NATO's open door policy
  • Alliance capabilities / Smart Defence 


 The NATO Public Diplomacy Division uses the following criteria to select projects for co-sponsorship:

  1. Relevance to NATO’s current agenda and communication priorities.
  2. Educational value and/or relevance to public discussion of peace and security issues; the contribution of the project to NATO's goal of developing an informed debate on these issues.
  3. Expected impact and reach of the project.
  4. Ability to use resources efficiently to achieve the expected outcome.  


Applicants from partner countries should be aware that in every partner country an embassy of one of the NATO member states operates as a NATO Contact Point, operating as a channel for disseminating information and facilitating programmes (see list of the current NATO Contact Point Embassies in partner countries). In Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, NATO offices serve as a focal point for information and documentation. Applicants from partner countries should coordinate with the relevant Contact Point Embassy or NATO office during all phases of a NATO-sponsored project. 

NATO will not normally cover more than 50 per cent of total costs. Exceptions can be considered depending on the quality of the project (cf. part 5 of the NATO application form “Financial rules for organizations applying for NATO subsidies for Public Diplomacy projects or programmes”). In general, only the following expenses can be accepted for reimbursement by NATO: transportation to and from the venue, hotel accommodation, and meals for participants; conference room rental; printing and distribution of programs and post-activity conference proceedings, and administrative expenses directly related to the activity (which cannot include routine expenses which would have been incurred even if the activity had not taken place). Staff salaries directly related to the activity can be covered up to a maximum of 5% of the total contribution that NATO has approved towards the activity. However, the usage of these funds will have to be certified with appropriate documentation and signed by the NGO financial officer. Final reports must be sent within three months following the event. For a full explanation, please refer to Financial Rules for Organizations applying for Conferences and Seminars.

The resources which NATO has available for information activities are limited and the Public Diplomacy Division receives far more requests for co-sponsorship than it can support.
It is not NATO's normal practice to sponsor the same organisation more than once in the same calendar year.

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