USIP announces Grant Competition on Reconciliation in Peacebuilding for Academic Institutions and Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

Deadline: 19 April 2019

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has announced a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for Grant Competition on Reconciliation in Peacebuilding with an aim to increase the overall understanding of reconciliation as an approach for peacebuilding through six research questions that pertain to timing, process design, local inclusion, support mechanisms, other peacebuilding approaches, and impact.

USIP seeks research and innovative approaches that develop guiding principles to help answer critical questions that advance the reconciliation field and current practices.

Funding Information

USIP will seek research grants with budgets between $150,000 and $300,000. Project implementation periods can range up to 24 months.

Summary of Research Questions

  • Timing of Reconciliation: What conditions and timing are most conducive to initiating reconciliation processes; how does the nature of reconciliation evolve over time; and what makes an end-state sustainable?
  • Process Design and Linkages: What are the most effective approaches to create linkages between grassroots peacebuilding and reconciliation (e.g., community-based healing processes), national level efforts (truth and reconciliation commissions), and broader institutional reform efforts (e.g., justice and security)?
  • Local Processes and Inclusion: What impact has exclusionary practices had on the sustainability of processes and what has enabled or limited the contribution of woman, youth, and/or other marginalized groups? How do local nonviolent movements affect reconciliation efforts?
  • Support Mechanisms and International Engagement: What type of support do key actors need around launching reconciliation efforts and how can the international community provide effective support? How does the engagement of coalitions or broad peace constituencies affect reconciliation processes?
  • Other Peacebuilding Approaches: How do practices of trust building, social cohesion, and trauma healing relate to reconciliation efforts?
  • Impact and Transformation: What are the most effective approaches for assessing progress towards reconciliation and, specifically, what are the most effective strategies to measure changes in attitudes and behavior that reflect that progress?

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Nonprofit, public and academic institutions in the U.S. or abroad are eligible.
  • U.S. nonprofit organizations must possess 501(c)(3) status prior to applying for a USIP grant.
  • Non-U.S. organizations must submit proof of nonprofit registration with their full application.

How to Apply

All applicants must register online via the given website.

For more information, please visit

  • Avatar democracy and development associates-sierra leone (dada-sl) says:

    our organisation is interested in this call for proposal, if accorded with the space.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi there,

      You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Danazumi says:

    The entire world is in dire need of urgent and prevailing peace.But what makes this kind of peace possible is missing.
    The challenge to lovers of this kind of peace now is to fathom how to restore this essential missing ingredient in order to reestablish world peace without which the entire universe is headed for total anarchy.
    Total chaos and absence of order can be very devastating and frightful and no human soul will shudder to imagine.

  • Avatar Maurice MAHADI says:

    We are a youth NGO in Guinea, interested to build peace foundation in forest region of Guinea.

  • Avatar musa konneh says:

    We are interested in the call but how to go about it.

  • Avatar Network of agricultural communicators The Gambia says:

    i want to apply

    • Avatar Reena says:


      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Okeke Bridget Chisom says:

    Our organization is a registered non-profit making organization based in south East Nigeria,we will be much grateful if we are given opportunity to be a part of this.

  • Avatar Onyeka Obi says:

    WOCSED. Organization is engaging secondary students with peace club in Nigeria ,can we apply for the grant?.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Onyeka Obi,

      Yes, Nigeria is eligible to apply for this grant. To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Choma Handshake Initiative says:

    We are Zambian based, registered non profit organization dealing with peace building. Are we eligible to apply for this grant considering that our country’s peace and unity are threatened by rampant political violence and hate speech during elections?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Dear Friend,

      Yes, you can apply for this grant as this opportunity is open to citizens of any country. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!


    Dear friends thank you for this call, we are a Ugandan based NGO operating in western region implementing reconciliation interventions for children and their families; can we get the application forms.

    Thank you
    UNCIDA Uganda


    The Lord God shall endow you with the power of excellence to greater exploit in all your positive transaction in Jesus name, Happy Good Friday

  • Avatar Ruth A. Sirleaf says:

    Hi we are Women lead organization base Liberia we are interested in this call for proposal. But we don’t know how to go about it.

  • Avatar Ekereke Friday Aidam says:

    Compliment USIP, please is this competition yearly, because l am just seeing it, we have an NGO on peace building &’conflict resolution in Nigeria where conflict is almost every where, can we apply for next year

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