• Last updated: 15 Oct. 2020 16:37

NATO Public Diplomacy Division's Co-Sponsorship Grants


Do you have an idea for a project that could contribute to better understanding of NATO and its role? If so, NATO can help make that idea a reality, through funding, practical assistance and other means.


One of NATO's goals is to foster awareness and understanding of the Alliance, its values, policies, and activities, and to increase the level of debate on peace, security, and defence related issues. To this end, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division conducts and supports a wide range of public diplomacy activities, including conferences, seminars, public events and other outreach projects, designed to engage with audiences around the world.

Co-sponsorship for conferences, seminars, workshops, public events 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 of these grants are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), universities, think tanks, and other pertinent civil society organisations.

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As the Alliance prepares for the future, in 2020 the Secretary General launched his reflection on NATO 2030. The three core concepts of NATO 2030 are to ensure that the Alliance stays strong militarily by investing into military capabilities, is more united politically as a hub for trans-Atlantic dialogue and takes a broader approach globally.

These three concepts should also serve as the main thematic clusters for project applications. For a more detailed list of focus topics please refer to the Grant Application Guidelines (please note that the list therein is non-exhaustive).

Selection criteria

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

  • Relevance to NATO's current political agenda and communication priorities.
  • 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.
  • Expected impact and reach of the project.
  • Ability to use resources efficiently to achieve the expected outcome.
  • NATO reserves the right to decline a project application from a grantee who previously failed to abide by the terms of a previous co-sponsorship grant with NATO.

Decisions on whether to support a project, as well as the level of sponsorship awarded, are made at the discretion of NATO authorities.
Further details on co-sponsorship grants are available in the Grant Application Guidelines.

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