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. The United States collaborates with Grenada on education, entrepreneurship, climate resilience and energy reform initiatives, among other areas, to help propel Grenada’s long-term growth and prosperity. Our two nations also work together to counter transnational organized crime, combat illicit firearms trafficking, and promote regional security cooperation.
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 restored.
Since then, Grenada has shown a commitment to protecting its democratic traditions and delivering educational and economic opportunities to its citizens. Grenada is on the front lines of the climate crisis, and we are committed to working together to address the region’s climate adaptation and clean energy priorities, through the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030). The United States and Grenada cooperate through partnerships, including the Partnership Framework for HIV and AIDS and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). Through the CBSI, the United States and Grenada enjoy a strong partnership to counter transnational organized crime, combat illicit trafficking, and promote regional security cooperation. 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. A Principal Officer leads the U.S. Embassy in Grenada, who reports to the Ambassador in Bridgetown. A team of staff from Grenada’s professional ranks also supports the embassy’s operations.
U.S. Assistance to Grenada
The U.S. Agency for International Development supports 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 returned to Grenada in 2022 after the global COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to increase their volunteer presence in 2023. Grenada receives counter-narcotics assistance under CBSI 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.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is one of Grenada’s largest trading partners. In 2021, the trade in goods between the United States and Grenada surpassed $124 million dollars. 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
History of U.S. Relations With Grenada
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress – Guide to Law Online for Grenada
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative