Cuba spending under Trump


The State Department and Agency for International Development report spending $22,093,043 on Cuba-related projects since Donald Trump took office in January 2017.
That included $2,762,161 for migrant programs at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, $2,533,701 for administration and oversight and $162,618 for resettlement programs in Havana.
The amount leftover was $16,634,563. The State Department redacted the names of organizations that received $1,320,804 from the National Endowment for Democracy. USAID did not disclose the names of groups receiving an additional $206,535.
USAID spent $721,126 in a category called “Enterprise.” Notations in an Excel file show that the Bacardi Family Foundations received $288,283 of those funds (See “Bacardí pushing for Cuba Libre with U.S. help”) and Canyon Communications got $273,580 (See “USAID: $1.5 million for human rights in Cuba”). That left $159,263 in “Enterprise” money, which went toward undisclosed government and civil society programs.
The remaining $14,386,098 in the $16,634,563 pot of money is easier to follow. Records show that it went to 42 organizations operating a range of democracy-promotion projects. The top five recipients were:

  • International Republican Institute, $1,873,311
  • Pan-American Development Foundation, $1,740,784
  • Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $1,442,000
  • Cuban Democratic Directorate, $1,300,000
  • Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba, $1,003,674

The State Department and USAID say they have reported all 2017 spending, but 2018 and 2019 reporting is incomplete.
See interactive graphic and the names of recipients reported so far for 2017-2019.

The NED is managing $8,458,853 of the $14,386,098 in democracy-promotion projects. Records show the names of 36 recipients who received a total of $7,138,049. Names of organizations receiving the remaining $1,320,804 were redacted.