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Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for International
Exchanges in the Arts and Environmental Sciences

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Foundation / Corporation

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Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU)

LOI Date:

11/01/18

Deadline Date:

02/01/19

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to help cover the costs of international travel to Southeast, East, and Central Europe, Central Asia, the Baltic states, Mongolia, and Russia for exchanges in the arts and the environmental sciences. LOIs are due by May 1, 2018.

Proposals should involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration, and/or show evidence or professional accomplishment and innovation, and/or respond to social contexts and engage local communities.

Grants are specifically for international travel associated with professional exchanges in the arts and environmental sciences. Approximately two-thirds of TMU’s awards are for arts and culture and one-third for environmental projects.

Activities common to both fields include advanced training programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, joint research projects, and exchanges intended to aid organizations seeking greater institutional stability.

Arts and Culture: Creative artistic collaborations, curatorial research projects, performances given in conjunction with lecture/demonstrations and/or workshops, conservation and historic preservation projects, arts management programs, and cultural documentation activities.

Environment: Ecosystem and habitat conservation programs, land use planning projects, activities that facilitate more effective international contact between environmental organizations, measures designed to preserve biodiversity, and efforts to encourage environmental sustainability.

Expenses eligible for TMU funding include: international airfare, airport transfers, travel insurance, visas (and all applicable visa processing fees), lodging, and per diem. TMU also allows up to 20% of the total eligible expenses to be allocated toward “administrative costs.” (For example, if the total eligible expenses is $10,000, $2,000 can be used toward “administrative costs.”)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180489

Term of Contract:

For applicants who submit an initial inquiry on May 1 and a full application by August 1, projects must start after January 1 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

TMU grants are made to American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, and typically, it is those organizations that submit Initial Inquiries and, if invited, Final Proposals. TMU does not make grants directly to individuals or institutions abroad. However, an Initial Inquiry may be made by an individual or institution in any of the countries in which TMU is active.*

If invited, individuals or organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status may then submit a Final Proposal through the fiscal sponsorship of an American nonprofit organization. The fiscal sponsor must submit a letter stating their involvement with the project and their willingness to administer any grant funds, as well as a copy of their 501(c)(3) determination letter.

*TMU’s geographic focus is Central, East, and Southeast Europe; the Baltic states; Central Asia; Mongolia; and Russia. Countries where TMU is active include Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Countries not listed here are ineligible for funding.

Expenses eligible for TMU funding include: international airfare, airport transfers, travel insurance, visas (and all applicable visa processing fees), lodging, and per diem. TMU also allows up to 20% of the total eligible expenses to be allocated toward “administrative costs.” (For example, if the total eligible expenses is $10,000, $2,000 can be used toward “administrative costs.”)

Pre-Application Information:

The application process is divided into 2 stages: 1) the initial inquiry, 2) the full application. Once the initial inquiry is submitted, you will be notified of the status of your project within two weeks (14 business days) after the Initial Inquiry deadline. If, after submitting an Initial Inquiry online, a project then is invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive notification from TMU via e-mail, which will contain login credentials to the grantee portal. There you will be able to track the status of your application.

To be able to submit a Final Proposal, you must submit an Initial Inquiry. The deadlines for Initial Inquiries are:
- November 1*
- May 1**

TMU’s Board meets to review Final Proposals twice a year. Board review meetings are typically held four months after the deadlines for receiving Final Proposals, which are:

- February 1 (with notification by mid-May)
- August 1 (with notification by mid-November)

*If you submit an initial inquiry on November 1 and are asked to submit a full proposal, you will need to fill out the final proposal by February 1. The Board will meet in May of that year and you will be notified thereafter. Your project must start AFTER July 1 of that year.

**If you submit an initial inquiry on May 1 and are asked to submit a full proposal, you will need to fill out the final proposal by August 1. The Board will meet in November of that year and you will be notified thereafter. Your project must start AFTER January 1 of the FOLLOWING year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To begin an Initial Inquiry: http://tmuny.fluxx.io/

TMU
1 Rockefeller Plaza, Room 2500
New York, New York 10020

tmu@tmuny.org
212 649 5776

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