U.S.-Russia Peer-To-Peer Dialogue Programme 2019-2020 (Up to $75,000)
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Applications are invited for the U.S.-Russia Peer-To-Peer Dialogue Programme 2019-2020. The Peer-to-Peer Dialogue programme (known as P2P) provides both financial and non-financial support to organizations in the U.S. and Russia to jointly implement projects. P2P is funded by U.S. Embassy in Moscow and administered by Eurasia Foundation.
EF will fund innovative projects promoting U.S.-Russian collaboration in professional and cultural areas of mutual interest to the United States and Russia, including but not limited to entrepreneurship, social inclusion, public health, community service, volunteerism, science and technology, and the arts. P2P projects spark conversations between international experts and professionals in areas of mutual interest and need. These initiatives result in new events and deliverables that bring people together for productive international collaboration.
Applicants may request up to $75,000 per project. Use of funds throughout the project must be consistent with the implementers’ application budget. Furthermore, project funding may only be used for activities directly connected with the implementation of the project, such as:
- Direct costs of project-related events (e.g., organizing meetings, rental of conference facilities, translation services);
- Communication between partner organizations (e.g., phone, email, web conferencing);
- Travel expenses associated with the project (e.g., transportation, accommodation, per diem, health insurance, visa fees, interpretation, and other related expenses);
- Funds used to conduct outreach and marketing activities, and dissemination of project deliverables (e.g., publications, email marketing, social media promotion, website maintenance costs);
- Prorated portion of salaries for project team members;
- Modest honoraria for key project experts;
- Other expenses, including indirect costs, directly related to project implementation.
- Public and private organizations registered in the U.S. or Russia at the time of application are eligible for funding, with the exception of for-profit organizations (LLC, C Corp, etc.). This includes nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, schools, and other entities. Experience working directly with international partners in the past is not required for this funding opportunity.
- Projects that provide direct benefit to the Government of the Russian Federation at any level, including Russian government entities (museums, universities, schools, etc.) and Russian government officials or employees in any branch of government (including paying salary or honorarium to teachers, professors, museum workers, etc.) are not eligible for funding.
- Organizations registered and/or located in any country other than the U.S. or Russia are not eligible to serve as project partners.
- Organizations and partnerships that have applied to P2P in the past are eligible to apply for funding in the new round provided that an original concept note is submitted. Submitted concept notes that propose the same project as a previously submitted concept note will not be considered for funding.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate project applications:
- Quality of the Project Idea: Need for the project must be clearly annunciated and well supported. All goals and activities must be concrete, relevant, realistic, and non-political in nature.
- Project Planning: Partners, project participants, beneficiaries must all be clearly defined. The project timeline must be realistic and allow for sufficient project monitoring.
- Institutional Capacity: Implementers experience should be clearly linked to the topic of their proposed project. Implementers must also demonstrate a clear capacity to successfully administer the funding and achieve all proposed objectives.
- Cost Effectiveness: All budgeted funds are reasonable and efficient. Overhead and administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and honorarium, should be kept as low as possible.
Organizations must submit all application documents using EF’s online funding management system.
If this is the first time that an applicant has applied to an EF funding opportunity using the online funding management system, a staff member from the applicant organization must create an account on the funding management system. Instructions for account creation are located on the right of the login page linked above. If an applicant already has an account, they may simply log in without creating a new account.
Before being invited to submit a full funding application, all prospective applicants must provide a statement of interest application addressing the following questions:
- What is the main issue/problem to be addressed?
- What is the project’s main objective and some key activities that will help achieve it?
- Who will be the project’s main implementing organization and all partners?
- How is the applicant organization (and partners) equipped to implement the initiative?
- What are the anticipated outcomes or results of the project?