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Grants to USA and Russia NGOs for Collaborative
Projects to Address Social and Environmental Issues

Partnership Projects Competition

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Eurasia Foundation (EF) – US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)

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Deadline Date:

11/01/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Russia non-governmental organizations to address social and environmental issues. Projects must include organizations from both countries. Funding is intended to positively impact residents of both countries and address a common social issue.

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2021 project competition. Teams composed of at least one US and Russian non-governmental organization are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that will benefit both countries and address a common social issue in one of the thematic areas identified below. Project partners must directly engage with communities in both countries to tackle a pressing social challenge and demonstrate how their collaboration resulted in a specific and measurable impact at the end of the project period.

Project teams are expected to be more than a collection of individuals working in parallel. Instead, they should foster dynamic collaboration in which project team members from both countries are exposed to the diverse aspects of each other’s professional expertise and work together toward shared goals.

Projects should provide US and Russian partners the opportunity to work collectively through a complex problem and produce meaningful deliverables. Products may take several forms, including bilingual training curricula, community toolkits, published guides and articles, curated exhibitions, instructional video lessons and webinars, documentary videos, community services and strategic solutions for community needs.

Thematic Areas:

  1. Arctic and environmental conservation
  2. Indigenous peoples’ empowerment
  3. Disability and inclusion
  4. Public health (including public health education and intervention strategies to support vulnerable groups)
  5. Open Thematic Area (OTA)
For eligible uses of funds, see the Use of Funds tab on the URL for Full Text below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187614

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project teams may request up to $50,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Project teams may request funding for a period between six and twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Projects must include one U.S.-based partner and one Russia-based partner as implementing organizations. Lead partners may also include other organizations/individuals as additional implementers to assist with project activities as necessary.
- Project applications must be submitted by the U.S.-based partner on behalf of the partnership. EF will only disburse funds to the U.S. lead organization to manage on behalf of the partnership.
- Projects must achieve clear and measurable impact with equal or near-equal benefit to both the U.S. and Russia.
- Projects must impact at least 250 direct beneficiaries* in each country (500 total).
- Projects may not engage in political activism, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.
- Russian federal, regional, state, and local government bodies; government-funded social institutions (e.g. orphanages, nature preserves); as well as federal academic and research institutions are not eligible to serve as project partners (except for student groups, which may do so).
- While partnerships that previously received EF funding are eligible to apply, preference will be given to projects submitted on behalf of new partner organizations. If one of the applying organizations have previously received EF partnership project funding but is now applying with a different partner, this partnership would be eligible to apply.
- Projects aimed primarily at research and academic collaboration are ineligible to apply.

* “Direct beneficiaries” are identifiable individuals who receive measurable benefit from project activities (e.g. obtain new knowledge or skills by attending a training, gain access to new community resources generated or enhanced by the project, or increased understanding of an issue due to project outreach).

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Proposal-Writing Webinar will take place on Sep 27, 2021 at 01:51 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

- September 27, 2021: Proposal-Writing Webinar for prospective applicants. Interested applicants can register here
- November 1, 2021: Full application deadline
- November 8, 2021: Clarifying questions and Financial Management Questionnaires assigned and interview invitations sent to applicants
- November- December 2021: Final review period
- December 2021: Applicants selected for SEE funding
- January 2022: Partnership Projects launch

Upon review of initial applications after November 1, 2021, prospective applications will be invited to submit a financial management questionnaire and attend an interview with the SEE team. Semi-finalists will have a chance to consult directly with the SEE team during the interview process.

Project teams that plan to integrate international travel into their projects should keep the following requirements in mind while planning their project activities:
1. Due to significantly increased wait times for both U.S. and Russian visas, the project team should allot enough time for visa processing in advance of any international travel (at least 60 days in advance for travel to Russia and 90 days in advance for travel to the US). Project teams should begin planning international travel as soon as funding is awarded.
2. Project teams must create their own arrangements for obtaining U.S. visas for Russian citizens. Effective May 12, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will no longer offer any non-diplomatic nonimmigrant visa services. For more information, please consult the U.S. Embassy in Moscow’s website here.
3. The project team will be responsible for making all travel arrangements associated with the project (e.g. lodging, domestic and international transportation, interpretation services, per diem/living allowance, health insurance, visa services).
4. All participants traveling internationally must take part in an EF online orientation before their departure from their home countries.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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