The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent nearly $46 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Records show USAID awarded additional grants in September, bringing the total to nearly $50 million. See USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants.
The agency spent most of the money from 2018 to 2020, according to explorer.usaid.gov. Expenses include administration, payroll, audits and other costs. The total from the day Trump took office through Sept. 2, 2020, was $45,796,044 and is shown in the chart below. (Oct. 31 update: This figure was inaccurate. See correction).
The top five grant recipients through Sept. 2 were:
- International Republican Institute, $5,791,395
- Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $3,645,954
- Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba, $3,556,189
- Freedom House, $3,327,910
- Pan American Development Foundation, $2,849,176
Some expenses are redacted and given generic descriptions like this one:
Strengthen the legal, regulatory, institutional, and information environment which protects and enables the growth in associational life and the development of independent and sustainable civil society organizations (CSOs). Build the capacity of civil society organizations to act as agents for reform and support their participation in democratic decision-making through articulating and representing their members interests, engaging in service delivery, and advocating for issues which become part of the public agenda and are reflected in public policies. Encourage the strengthening of a civic culture which supports democratic institutions and processes, active participation in political and civic life, and the civic virtues of tolerance, pluralism, compromise, trust, and respect for individual rights, including gender equality.
See interactive graphic that includes more details about the spending.
Note: Information used in this post was extracted from an explorer.usaid.gov Excel file you may download here (large file, nearly 1GB).