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Coronavirus Response Fund

Grants to USA, Israel, and International Nonprofits and IHEs for Online
Educational Exchange Programs During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Stevens Initiative

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Deadline Date:

06/12/20 8:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA, Israel, and International nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for virtual educational exchange programs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for online programs that engage young people and educators affected by the pandemic. Eligible applicants are located in the USA, the Middle East, and North Africa. Virtual exchange programs use online technology to connect individuals and small groups between countries; are based on a curriculum or activity plan; involve qualified facilitators (such as educators or others); and involve sustained communication and collaboration synchronously (in real-time) or asynchronously over a period of time.

Applicants may submit a proposal for a grant supporting one of the following activities:

  • Adapt (or develop a new variant of) and conduct an existing in-person exchange or education program into a summer virtual exchange;
  • Adapt and conduct an existing virtual exchange program to the current global conditions (for example, finding ways to accommodate young people learning from home, engaging parents or guardians as facilitators or co-participants, or overhauling curricula), or offset unanticipated costs for a virtual exchange program caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Prepare those who conduct education or exchange programs to design, prepare for, and facilitate future virtual exchange programming.  

Proposed projects are encouraged to focus on the following topics:

  • Technology and computing
  • World affairs and global studies
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Language learning and practice
  • Public health and/or the coronavirus pandemic

The Stevens Initiative is committed to reaching young people whose access to exchange programs has been limited, and to reaching diverse participants, including:

  • Women and girls
  • Underserved youth whose access to international exchange has been limited
  • Refugees
  • People with disabilities
  • Minority groups
  • A strong proposal will explain how young people from these populations – whose access to international experiences is limited even in the best of circumstances – will be a priority for outreach and inclusion in the proposed program.

Each participant in the virtual exchange program must participate in at least two hours and no more than 20 hours of a combination of synchronous and/or asynchronous virtual exchange activities over the course of the program duration. Communication must occur in a sustained way, meaning participants interact with their international peers on more than one occasion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189294

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Grant Size Range: $20,000 to $100,000. The applicant must request an amount within this range to be eligible for selection.

Applicants can request no more than 40% of the amount of their Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget.

Term of Contract:

The maximum grant period of performance window is June 1 to August 31, 2020. The Initiative strongly recommends applicants propose that their period of performance begins no sooner than 30 days after proposal submission.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants based in the United States must be tax-exempt non-profit organizations, including educational institutions. Grant recipients must be registered to conduct proposed activities in the countries where the activities would take place, if applicable.

Applicants based in the Middle East or North Africa must be non-profit organizations, including educational institutions, that can demonstrate current in-country registration. Other organizations are not eligible to apply, though they may be included as sub-grantees or contract recipients. Staff should be proficient in English, able to file reports and conduct evaluations in English as well as in Arabic or French as appropriate.

The Initiative encourages proposals by consortia that include organizations with relevant and complementary experience, capacities, and networks.

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. Programs involving refugees from these countries who are currently in countries not listed above are also eligible.

Organizations are encouraged to collaborate to develop a proposed program. The application should be submitted by one organization and may list partners as sub-grantees or contractors. The lead applicant should be the organization that will conduct the largest portion of the proposed work.

Participants should be young people in the age range that corresponds to the elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate education levels, and young professionals under the age of 35.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants and interested organizations are invited to participate in the Stevens Initiative’s training and mentorship sessions. Training sessions will be conducted by video conference on April 28 and 29, May 5, and May 7. Following these training sessions, the Stevens Initiative will offer mentoring, also by videoconference, to organizations seeking more guidance about how to develop or carry out their virtual exchange programs.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants can apply on a rolling basis until a final deadline on June 12, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Stevens Initiative to ask questions prior to submitting an application. Please include “Coronavirus Response Fund Application” in the subject line of the email.

Organizations may submit more than one proposal (for the same or different grant types) if the proposed programs are distinct and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants, etc.

Past and current recipients of Stevens Initiative grants or U.S. Department of State funds are eligible to submit applications. These applications must be for programs that are different from these previously or currently funded activities and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants, etc.

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Additional eligible countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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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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