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09/29/22 5:00 PM ET
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 https://stevensinitiative.smapply.io/protected/r/eyJoZnJlIjogOTg3OTAwNjQsICJ2cSI6IDE4MDExMH0/Call_for_Proposals_-_J._Christopher_Stevens_Virtual_Exchange_Initiative_2022_Grant_Competition.pdf#page=2.
Information about priorities can be found starting at https://stevensinitiative.smapply.io/protected/r/eyJoZnJlIjogOTg3OTAwNjQsICJ2cSI6IDE4MDExMH0/Call_for_Proposals_-_J._Christopher_Stevens_Virtual_Exchange_Initiative_2022_Grant_Competition.pdf#page=4.
Information about Scaling Proposals can be found at https://stevensinitiative.smapply.io/protected/r/eyJoZnJlIjogOTg3OTAwNjQsICJ2cSI6IDE4MDExMH0/Call_for_Proposals_-_J._Christopher_Stevens_Virtual_Exchange_Initiative_2022_Grant_Competition.pdf#page=5.
Information about Scaling Proposals can be found at https://stevensinitiative.smapply.io/protected/r/eyJoZnJlIjogOTg3OTAwNjQsICJ2cSI6IDE4MDExMH0/Call_for_Proposals_-_J._Christopher_Stevens_Virtual_Exchange_Initiative_2022_Grant_Competition.pdf#page=8.
GrantWatch ID#: 191944
Approximately 12 grants awarded, with approximately six seeding and six scaling
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.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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