Applications Open! Cultural Vistas’ Rebuilding a Russian-American Conversation

Does your organization want to help strengthen ties between the United States and Russia to address common challenges? Do you have an idea to engage with a Russian counterpart, but need financial support to get it off the ground?

Cultural Vistas wants to hear from you!

Cultural Vistas is now accepting applications for Rebuilding a Russian-American Conversation (RARAC),  a new small grants program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow that aims to build connections between American organizations and their Russian counterparts to share culture, pursue common opportunities in a collaborative manner, and address common global challenges.

The RARAC program will award seed grants of up to $7,500 to 15 U.S.-based organizations to deliver virtual public diplomacy projects. This financial support will allow American and Russian organizations to jointly develop content to grow understanding between peoples of the two countries and help them increase their capacity for future collaboration.

What is Public Diplomacy?

Public diplomacy includes conversations between a variety of audiences, including, for example, cultural institutions responding to the demands imposed by the pandemic, social entrepreneurs seeking new opportunities in virtual engagement, artists reinventing and advancing their skills, organizations working in sustainability re-tooling to cope with shifts in consumption, and universities looking at the future of career readiness, among many more.

Key Goals of RARAC

This program seeks to draw a broad and diverse audience in both countries to start conversations about topics of common concern which can yield new approaches to addressing such concerns in a cooperative and sustainable way.


U.S.-based organizations and institutions, including non-profits, faith-based institutions, cultural institutions, and schools or universities that have an identified partner based in Russia may apply. Applications from individuals will not be considered. Organizations must provide a letter of support confirming participation in the project from a Russia-based entity (not an individual). Projects must take place during the April-August 2022 implementation period.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to Cultural Vistas by February 1st, 2022, and include a project proposal, budget, and other supporting documents. Click here to learn more and apply.


If you have any questions about the program, eligibility, or application process, please email:

For more information on RARAC, visit our website or click here to sign up for our upcoming informational webinar on December 14 at 12:00 PM ET!