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The Luso-American Foundation

the Luso-Amerian FoundationIn May 2005, The Luso-American Foundation completed twenty years of service to Portugal, to the United States of America and to bilateral relations. Since its creation in 1985 by the Government of Portugal, the Foundation has a distinguished record of creative grant-making to broaden ties among the peoples and institutions of Portugal and the United States. The Foundation is today the major supporter of bilateral interactions on a wide range of topics of interest to academia, business, civil society, and government.

Additionally, by working with other European countries in many of its activities in Portugal, the Foundation has become recognized as a leading contributor to a constructive U.S.-European dialogue on many policy issues.

The Foundation is a private, non-profit, grant and loan-making foundation, whose purpose is to contribute to Portugal's growth and development by supporting the actions of an economic, scientific and cultural nature.

The United States is the Foundation's principal partner in carrying out its wide range of programs. In general, the Foundation has focused its programs in the following areas:

  • Education, Science and Technology
  • Culture and Portuguese American Heritage
  • Public Policy and Administrative Reform
  • Civil Society and Innovation

Over time, the Foundation's program strategy has evolved to emphasize policy research and debate, human resources development, joint research projects, and building lasting institutional interactions.

A growing focus area today is the strengthening of ties with the Portuguese American communities in the United States. These communities honor the Portuguese cultural heritage and seek new ways to expand contacts with Portugal and its institutions. Since the inception of the Portuguese American Citizenship Project, the Foundation has approved grants to Portuguese American communities in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.