Eurasia Foundation: 2019-2020 U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Eurasia Foundation is currently accepting applications from eligible organizations for its U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Dialogue Program.

Together with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Eurasia Foundation will fund innovative projects promoting U.S.-Russian collaboration in professional and cultural areas of mutual interest to the United States and Russia, including but not limited to entrepreneurship, social inclusion, public health, community service, volunteerism, science and technology, and the arts.

Projects should emphasize U.S.-Russian collaboration and knowledge exchange in their design. While conducting the funded project, implementers should have varied and plentiful opportunities to substantively engage with their international partners. Engagement can be achieved through co-hosted webinars, joint events in the U.S. and Russia, bilateral presentations, international volunteer engagement, collaborative performances, or through other creative activities.

Funding and Cost Share

  • Applicants may request up to $75,000 per project. Use of funds throughout the project must be consistent with the implementers’ application budget. Furthermore, 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);
    • Prorated portion of salaries for project team members;
    • Modest honoraria for key project experts;
    • Other expenses, including indirect costs, directly related to project implementation.
  • In accordance with EF policy, funding may not be used for the following costs:
    • Ongoing organization expenses;
    • Construction expenses;
    • Purchase of real estate, alcoholic beverages, entertainment, and business/first-class travel;
    • Disbursements to organizations or institutions funded by the Russian government;
    • Service/Repayment of debts.
  • Each application must also include a cost share component beyond the EF funding amount. Applicants are required to contribute at least 10% of the requested sum in monetary and in-kind contributions. Applicants are encouraged to seek ways to expand their cost share above 10% of the total project budget, including pro-bono work, in-kind contribution, and corporate sponsorship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All public and private organizations registered in the U.S. at the time of application are eligible for funding. This includes nonprofit and for-profit organizations, higher education institutions, schools, and other entities. Experience working directly with Russian partners in the past is not required for this funding opportunity.
  • Russian NGOs registered in Russia at the time of application are also eligible to apply for funding. Russian federal, regional, state, and local government bodies; government-funded social institutions (e.g., orphanages, nature preserves); NGOs receiving funding from Russian government; as well as federal academic and research institutions are not eligible to serve as project partners or apply for funding. Student groups at Russian public institutions may still apply and serve as project partners.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate project applications:

  • Quality of the Project Idea: Need for the project must be clearly annunciated and well supported. All goals and activities must be concrete, relevant, realistic, and non-political in nature.
  • Project Planning: Partners, project participants, beneficiaries must all be clearly defined. The project timeline must be realistic and allow for sufficient project monitoring.
  • Institutional Capacity: Implementers experience should be clearly linked to the topic of their proposed project. Implementers must also demonstrate a clear capacity to successfully administer the funding and achieve all proposed objectives.
  • Cost Effectiveness: All budgeted funds are reasonable and efficient. Overhead and administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and honorarium, should be kept as low as possible.

How to Apply

Interested organizations must submit all application documents using EF’s online funding management system via given website.

Eligible Countries: United States and Russia

For more information, please visit https://www.usrussiap2p.org/

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