Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Inviting Applicants for Community Solutions Program 2017

Deadline: 15 May 2017

The Department of State Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is currently seeking applications for “The Community Solutions Program” to enhance the skills of approximately 100 civic and community leaders to more effectively address current economic, environmental, political, and social challenges in their communities.

Thematic Areas

  • Environmental Issues: Fellowships should focus on issues related to water and resource management, food security, supporting food supplies (at local, regional or national levels) including locally sourced or community agriculture, social entrepreneurship (leveraging science and technology to address ecological and environmental issues), low-carbon technologies, and the use of natural resources, renewable energy, and pollution.
  • Tolerance and Conflict Resolution: Fellowships should expose participants to issues and strategies addressing tolerance, multi-culturalism, anti-discrimination, inclusion, and conflict resolution.
  • Transparency and Accountability: Fellowships should provide exposure to programs, models, and/or institutions related to civil society and civil liberties, grass-roots democracy, good governance, open government, anti-corruption, transparency, accountability, press freedom, and/or fair elections.
  • Women and Gender Issues: Fellowships should focus on issues related to women’s education, empowerment, health, and entrepreneurship.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,300,000
  • Award Ceiling: $2,300,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Award recipients must identify the U.S.-based and any foreign-based organizations and individuals with whom they are proposing to collaborate to implement the Community Solutions program, and describe any previous cooperative activities.
  • Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam

Europe and Eurasia: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Palestinian Territories

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago

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