Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about embassy PAS grants programs.

PAS Bridgetown focuses on education, human rights, intellectual property rights, professional and academic exchanges, cultural connections through people-to-people, institutional, and economic ties, and leveraging alumni of U.S. government programs to achieve long-term objectives in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

PAS Bridgetown’s programming in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean:

  • Strengthens local institutions to build long-term, self-sustaining relationships and institutional linkages between U.S. and Barbados and Eastern Caribbean organizations, including capacity building support for organizations as needed.
  • Contributes to economic growth; improves human capacity by creating a better educated and more skillful workforce; and contributes to the development of government capacity in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, in particular in areas outside of urban centers and other remote and/or disconnected areas while contributing to local and regional stability.
  • Empowers civil societies to strengthen diversity, the rule of law, transparency, and human rights.
  • Strengthens people-to-people ties between the United States and Barbados and Eastern Caribbean through shared information, experiences, exchanges, and/or expertise.
  • Enhances community engagement through positive messages and tolerant perspectives that enhance and amplify community-based efforts in a wide range of areas.
  • Expands media outreach by amplifying U.S. diplomacy activities and programs on social and traditional media platforms.
  • Demonstrates shared values, which build respect and trust and increase effective communication.

The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction programs;
  • Programs that support specific religious activities;
  • Fund-raising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs
  • Scientific research;
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

The America Corners, housed in the Dominica and Antigua Public Libraries, serve the dual purposes of providing Caribbean people with books and events, while sharing the best parts of American culture. Through their America Corners the libraries receive books, periodicals, and educational board games for children and adults to enjoy. The America Corners also hosts events throughout the year; such as Reading Day activities; drug awareness seminars; Peace Corps showcases; National Library Week; Black History Month speakers; and even a visit by the Native American culture group, Native Nations. The America Corner programs allow Dominicans and Antiguans to experience parts of American culture and diversify the resources available in their libraries.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through carefully designed visits that reflect the participants’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals.  Over the last 25 years the IVLP has sent more than 500 professionals from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to the United States. The IVLP also facilitates a Speaker Program, which brings American professionals to the region to interact with their counterparts on specific policy issues. For additional information please visit

The Fulbright Scholarship Program provides foreign students with research and study opportunities in the United States. Scholarships are available for graduate students, young professionals, researchers, artists, and college/university faculty members. For additional information please visit our Fulbright Scholarships page.

EducationUSA Advising Centers facilitate the process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities by providing prospective students with accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States and our services are FREE.  The Eastern Caribbean Outreach Advising Center is located within the U.S. Embassy and country-specific centers are currently active on the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent. The United States offers a school and a program that’s just right for every qualified student and EducationUSA is here to provide all the information you need. For additional information please visit

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for study and related practical professional experiences.  Fellows are nominated by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, based on their potential for national leadership. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors, specifically in the fields of public policy analysis and public administration, finance and banking, law and human rights, technology policy and management, and educational planning. For additional information please visit our Humphrey Fellowship page.

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) is a tool used by the U.S. Government to track how federal money is distributed. Applicant organizations are required to obtain a unique nine-character DUNS number. DUNS numbers are required for all grant recipient organizations both foreign and domestic prior to awards. Awards to individuals are exempt from this requirement, as well as awards to foreign organizations that reside outside the United States, for a one time awards of less than $25,000. Most large organizations, libraries, colleges and research universities already have DUNS numbers. Organizations must submit the DUNS Request Confirmation email with their applicaton package. For more information regarding DUNS requirements and registration consult the DUNS and CCR information page. To register a DUNS number please visit

The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is utilized to register all federal contractors and grant applicants. Central Contractor Registration must be completed after applicant organizations receive their DUN number. CCR processing may take up to two weeks to complete. For more information please visit the DUNS and CCR information page.

The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section may be contacted via email at