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Bilateral Projects Competition 2019-2020

Grants to USA and Russia Organizations for
Collaborative Projects Addressing Social Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Eurasia Foundation (EF) - U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $43,000 to USA and territories organizations partnering with Russia organizations for collaborative projects that address social issues that are relevant to both nations. Funding is intended for creative ideas for implementing innovative approaches to social concerns. Projects should focus on various topics, including but not limited to increasing involvement of youth in the social sphere and cultivating their participation in international dialogue; increasing involvement of people with disabilities in social life, employment, and sports; and creating community engagement initiatives to encourage environmental sustainability or otherwise improve quality of life.

Teams composed of at least one USA and Russian organization are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that will benefit both countries and address a common issue in one of the four following socially oriented themes:
- Social inclusion
- Community engagement and volunteerism
- Social entrepreneurship
- Youth engagement and mentorship

Projects falling outside the four thematic areas will also be considered for funding if the project will facilitate greater understanding of shared values in the U.S. and Russia. Applicants are encouraged to include innovative methodologies and technologies to accomplish program goals and collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers.

Project funding may only be used for activities directly connected with the implementation of the project, such as:
- Direct costs of project-related events (e.g., organizing meetings, rental of conference facilities, translation services);
- Communication between partner organizations (e.g., phone, email, web conferencing);
- Travel expenses associated with the project (e.g., transportation, accommodation, per diem, health insurance, visa fees, interpretation and other related expenses);
- Funds used to conduct outreach and marketing activities, and dissemination of project deliverables (e.g., publications, email marketing, social media promotion, website maintenance costs);
- Pro-rated portion of salaries for project team members;
- Modest honoraria for key project experts;
- Other expenses directly related to project implementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185630

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project teams may request up to $43,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for a period of up to 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 and 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 directly 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).

In accordance with EF policy, funding may not be used for the following costs: an organization’s ongoing expenses; construction expenses, purchase of real estate, alcoholic beverages, entertainment, business/first-class travel, and the repayment of debts. Applicants are advised that EF funding may not be used to directly benefit (monetarily or non-monetarily) the Government of the Russian Federation at any level.

Pre-Application Information:

To participate in the competition, all project teams must submit their Statements of Interest no later than 11:59 PM EDT on May 1, 2019 via EF’s online application form.

The application process has two stages. The only document required in the first stage is a statement of interest. Upon review of initial applications after May 1, 2019, prospective statements of interest will be invited to submit full funding applications.

Semi-finalists will have a chance to consult directly with the SEE team during the full application process. If you encounter difficulty at any point in the application process, please contact the Foundation immediately for assistance.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For any additional questions please contact SEE staff at

If you need further assistance, contact Database Administrator Alexander Orlov, at

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.