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Active Citizens for Young Community Leaders

Grants to Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland Community
Organizations for Social Development and Intercultural Dialogue

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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British Council

Deadline Date:

06/10/18 6:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland community organizations for projects and programs that promote social development and intercultural dialogue. The program will include an international facilitator development workshop, a partner development workshop, community workshops, and social action projects.

Active Citizens is a social leadership training program that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. Involvement in the Active Citizens program offers a range of opportunities to partners, facilitators, participants and wider communities to develop skills and knowledge to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. It also enables people to improve their understanding of local and global connections and the cultural, social, economic, and political factors that shape their community.

The second iteration of the Active Citizens program provides leadership training for young adults in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD region.

Active Citizens seeks Delivery Partners to project manage and steer the Active Citizens program in their city community. Delivery Partners have experience working with a wide cross-section of young adults on community-led social action and have experience designing and facilitating programs that bring about sustainable social impact within a community. They have strong local, regional and/or national partnerships and networks.

The role of the Delivery Partner includes:

- Deciding how the organization is going to deliver the program, working with stakeholders, partners and networks in their community to design and deliver the Active Citizens program;
- Identifying two facilitators to deliver the Active Citizens Learning Journey;
- Recruiting 30+ participants (ages 18-35) and running Community Workshops where the facilitators deliver the Learning Journey;
- Supporting the participants to develop their own local social action projects;
- Managing the grant, monitoring and reporting on progress, and submitting an end of cycle narrative and financial report to the British Council on program completion.

Funds from the Delivery grant may be used for:
- Staff time for project management, co-ordination and administration
- Staff time for facilitation and facilitator support to participants
- Operational costs associated with Community Workshops (e.g. venue, refreshments, participant travel, promotional materials, accommodation if workshops are residential)
- Seed funding for Social Action Projects – Partners are encouraged to make seed funding available where it will be of benefit to the SAP(s) and will be well managed
- Other approved contingency funds within the total value of the Delivery grant

It is important that partners recognize that the vast majority of the Active Citizens program happens at the local or national level rather than at the international level.

The program cycle will include the following core elements:

- Partner Development Workshop: this gives partners the information and advice to plan the detail of delivery in their community. They also have the opportunity to meet the network of other US Delivery Partners.

- International Facilitator Development Workshop: facilitators new to the program who have been nominated by their Delivery Partner are trained in how to deliver the Active Citizens methodology (the Learning Journey).

- Workshops within each community: facilitators train the 30 participants (aged 18-35 years) recruited in their community. The Learning Journey involves exploring cultural diversity and its impact in the context of local or national communities and how to value difference within communities in participating countries. Facilitators
then work with participants to plan their social action.

- Social Action Projects (SAPs): these are delivered by the participants, supported by the Delivery Partner. SAPs should be principled, well-planned, aware of local-global links and enhance community life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183817

Number of Grants:

Up to 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The US Active Citizens Program cycle in 2018-19 will run from July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applying organizations must meet the following criteria:

- Is US-based and works with a community in the city limits of Washington, DC or Baltimore, Maryland;
- Has a US-based bank account that requires two signatures;
- Operates from a sound financial position, demonstrated through their latest audited accounts (or appropriate equivalent);
- Has no conflict of interest relating to their involvement as a grantee;
- Is able to guarantee the commitment of a Project Coordinator and two facilitators;
- Is able to contribute the necessary staff time and additional costs to ensure effective delivery of the project, including monitoring, evaluation and reporting commitments, with a co-financing contribution of at least 20% of the value of the Delivery grant. This may be from the organization’s own resources and/or financial contributions from third parties;
- Accepts the requirements in relation to intellectual property rights;
- Accepts the requirements in relation to a grant agreement with the British Council which is governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications has been extended and is due by 6:00 PM EDT on Sunday, June 10, 2018. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by Monday, June 25, 2018.

- Grant Agreements issued: 26 June 2018
- Partner Development Workshop: 10-11 July 2018
- Participant recruitment and program promotion: From July 2018
- Monitoring and Evaluation: July 2018– March 2019
- International Facilitator Development Workshop: 14-19 August 2018
- Community Workshops - Facilitators deliver modules 1-4 of the Learning Journey: August 2018 onwards
- Social Action Projects (SAPs) initiated (It is understood that SAPs are very likely to run beyond the end of March 2019, and long-term, sustainable SAPs are encouraged): Determined by when Community Workshops run
- Partner support and visits by British Council team member: September - December 2018

The grant is divided into two separate areas of expenditure. The Delivery grant is up to $10,000, while the British Council covers the costs of sending two facilitators to an international facilitator development workshop before Community Workshops begin.

The maximum Delivery grant available is $10,000. 70% of the Delivery grant will be issued on receipt of the signed Grant Agreement at the beginning of the cycle.

The remaining balance of the grant will be issued after receipt of satisfactory end of cycle reporting in March 2019. Please note that you will only receive up to the maximum of 30% based on actual expenditure so if your expenditure exceeds the maximum grant available for the cycle you will be expected to cover this amount from your own sources. Similarly if your actual expenditure is below the maximum grant available, you will not receive the maximum amount available. If actual expenditure is below the 70% already paid, you will be required to return the unspent portion of the grant.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore;   Washington, DC