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Virtual Exchange Grant Competition

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Stevens Initiative

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Deadline Date:

09/29/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Israel, North Africa, and Middle East educational institutions and nonprofit organizations for programs to benefit youth. Funding is intended for online programs between youth in America and the MENA region. The Funding Source is interested in seeding new models as well as scaling proven models of virtual exchange through proposals focused on technology and computing, local and global challenges, business and entrepreneurship, language learning and practice. Activities must be conducted in the United States and in one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (“Stevens Initiative”) invites qualified nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to submit proposals to its 2022 grant competition, supported by the U.S. Department of State, which supports grants to conduct virtual exchange programs that connect young people in the United States (U.S.) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Applicants may propose programs that reach young people from the elementary (primary) school age through post-graduate/young adult. The Stevens Initiative is offering two types of grants – scaling and seeding –with different parameters to meet a range of needs in the virtual exchange field. 

The Stevens Initiative builds on the pioneering work of the virtual exchange community, which uses technology to connect young people across continents and cultures. Through virtual exchange, youth have access to a substantive international exchange experience by collaborating and learning with their peers abroad without having to leave their communities. Recognizing the impact that virtual exchange promises, and capitalizing on advances in technology, the aim is to make life-changing, cross-cultural experiences available to young people. 

Virtual Exchange Design Considerations can be found starting at

Information about priorities can be found starting at

Information about Scaling Proposals can be found at

Information about Scaling Proposals can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 191944

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 12 grants awarded, with approximately six seeding and six scaling

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual award sizes will vary, and the Initiative will award seeding and scaling grants in addition to providing an additional funding opportunity for robust alumni engagement.
- Scaling grants support organizations to grow and improve established virtual exchange programs. Grants will range from $350,000 to $900,000.
- Seeding grants are intended to support early-stage programs that fill a gap in the virtual exchange field. Grants will range from $100,000 to $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: The period of performance of the grants will be 27 months, beginning April 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025. The first few months of the period of performance are intended to prepare for the virtual exchange activities. The Stevens Initiative encourages applicants to propose at least four rounds of the virtual exchange program, starting in fall 2023. Applicants proposing to conduct a different configuration of programming or a different number of rounds of programming, such as summer-only programming, will be considered as long as the configuration is adequately justified and all other application parameters are met. Applicants may propose to begin the first round of the virtual exchange program during summer 2023 if they can demonstrate that it will be feasible to start the virtual exchange activities within a few months of the start of the period of performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Applying organizations must be based in the United States or in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Applicants based in the U.S. must be tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions. Other organizations are not eligible to apply, though they may be included as sub-awardees or contract recipients. U.S. applicants in the process of registration must submit proof that they are seeking nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service at the time of submission. Should the applicant be selected for a grant, funding will be contingent on the organization receiving tax exempt status. Grant recipients must be registered to conduct proposed activities in the countries where the activities would take place, if applicable.
- Applicants based in the MENA region must be nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions, that can demonstrate current in-country registration. Other organizations are not eligible to apply, though they may be included as subawardees or contract recipients. Staff should be proficient in English, and able to file reports and conduct evaluations in English as well as in Arabic or French as appropriate.
- Fiscally-sponsored organizations are eligible for funding; the application should be submitted by the fiscal sponsor and should make clear the arrangement between the fiscal sponsor and those carrying out the work.
- Past recipients of Stevens Initiative grants are eligible to submit applications.
- Current recipients of U.S. Government funds are eligible to submit applications. These applications must be for programs that are different from currently U.S. Government-funded activities and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants, etc.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Information
The Stevens Initiative will host three webinars about the 2022 Virtual Exchange Grant Competition.

Competition Overview: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 12-1pm U.S. Eastern Time
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Budget and Compliance: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | 12-1pm U.S. Eastern Time
- Register at

Highlights and Questions: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 12-1pm U.S. Eastern Time
- Register at

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should review the competition rules below and submit their application no later than September 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Based on input from an independent review committee, some organizations will start a vetting, revision, and negotiation process prior to the end of the year that may result in being offered a grant in early 2023. The grant period of performance will begin in April 2023.

Awards are cost reimbursable.

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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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