More information about Grenada is available on the Grenada Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Grenada in 1974 following its independence from the United Kingdom. In 1983, a power struggle within the ruling party resulted in the arrest and execution of the prime minister and several members of his cabinet and the killing of dozens of his supporters by elements of the People’s Revolutionary Army. A U.S.-Caribbean force landed in Grenada in response to an appeal from Grenada’s governor general and a request for assistance from other Eastern Caribbean states. U.S. citizens were evacuated and order was restored.
Since then, Grenada has shown a commitment to protecting its democratic traditions and delivering educational and economic opportunities to its citizens. The United States and Grenada cooperate through partnerships, including the Partnership Framework for HIV and AIDS and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). The two governments also cooperate closely in fighting narcotics smuggling and other forms of transnational crime. They have signed a maritime law enforcement treaty, a mutual legal assistance treaty, and an extradition treaty. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted an increase in public health cooperation.
The U.S. Ambassador to Grenada is resident in Bridgetown, Barbados. The U.S. Embassy in Grenada is staffed by a Principal Officer, who reports to the Ambassador in Bridgetown, as well as five locally employed staff.
U.S. Assistance to Grenada
The U.S. Agency for International Development plays a role in Grenada’s development through its office in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Peace Corps has volunteers in Grenada who work in education with an emphasis on childhood literacy. They departed in 2020 and will return when safe to do so in relation to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Grenada receives counter-narcotic assistance from the United States and has received U.S. military and State Department humanitarian assistance projects. The United States provides training, equipment, and material to Grenadian security forces, including through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Some U.S. military training is provided as well.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is one of Grenada’s largest trading partners. Grenada is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. The CBI aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies.
Grenada’s Membership in International Organizations
Grenada and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Grenada is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Grenada maintains an embassy in the United States at 1701 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tel: 202-265-2561).
More information about Grenada is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Grenada Page
USAID Grenada Page
History of U.S. Relations With Grenada
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Caribbean Islands)
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative