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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)

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Deadline Date:

08/01/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to help cover the costs of international travel for exchanges in the arts and the environmental sciences. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible regions include the Southeast, East, and Central Europe, Central Asia, the Baltic states, Mongolia, and Russia.

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.

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, 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, and measures to preserve biodiversity.

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.”

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.

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.
For applicants who submit an initial inquiry on November 1 and a full application by February 1, projects must start after July 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

While the Initial Inquiry may be made by an individual or institution in any of the countries in which TMU is active, the Final Proposal must be submitted by an American nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, as TMU does not make grants directly to institutions or individuals abroad.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines are as follows:

Initial inquiry: May 1
Full Application: August 1
Notification: mid-November
This round is for projects happening January 1 or later.

Initial Inquiry: November 1
Full Application: February 1
Notification: mid-May
This round is for projects happening July 1 or later.

Please note that Initial Inquiries and Full Applications are due at 5:00pm, EST. Should the due dates of either the Inquiry or Full Application fall on a Saturday or Sunday, they are due on Monday, the next business day.

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.

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.

Trust for Mutual Understanding:

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:

1 Rockefeller Plaza, Room 2500
New York, New York 10020
Phone: 212 649 5776
Fax: 212 649 5777

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