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2020 Virtual Exchange Grant Competition

Grants to USA, Israel, North Africa, and Middle East Schools,
IHEs, and Nonprofits for Programs to Benefit Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Stevens Initiative

Conf. Date:

08/27/20

Deadline Date:

10/13/20 5:00 PM (EDT)

Description:

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Grants to USA, Israel, North Africa, and Middle East higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations for programs to benefit youth. Funding is intended for online programs between youth in America and the MENA region. The Funding Source is interested in seeding new models as well as scaling proven models of virtual exchange through proposals focused on technology and computing, world affairs and global studies, business and entrepreneurship, language learning and practice, and public health and/or the coronavirus pandemic. 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.

Virtual exchange uses technology to connect people for education and exchange. Virtual exchange programs typically serve young people. Many virtual exchange programs are international, connecting participants in different countries to help them gain global competencies, among other knowledge, skills, and abilities. Many practitioners believe that facilitation by prepared, responsible adults — often but not always educators — is an important component of successful virtual exchange.

Participants should be young people in the age range that corresponds to the K-12 school age level –including primary school, middle school, and high school – or postsecondary education age level, including undergraduate and graduate education levels as well as young professionals under the age of 35. Educators, facilitators, or group leaders who work with the youth participants are not counted as part of the youth participants number.

The Initiative will fund virtual exchange programs that fall under three grant types.

  • Scaling Grants: Funds long-standing, proven programs that reach large groups of young people. These programs show promise for sustainability and continued impact on the virtual exchange field. The Stevens Initiative invites organizations applying for a Scaling grant to propose to conduct additional work through a Program Attribute Variation Supplement. 
  • Efficiency Grants: Prioritizes programs that experiment with new efficiencies to increase reach and impact. These grants present opportunities to learn about best practices for virtual exchange implementation.
  • Seeding Grants: Supports new, promising virtual exchange models. These programs are likely to scale over time and diversify the virtual exchange field.

Detailed expectations of each of the grant types can be found starting on page 2 of the Call for Proposals. See Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191944

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

There is not a set number of grants to give out, either by grant type or as a whole.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Grant Size Range:
- Scaling Proposal Track Parameters: $250,000 to $750,000. The supplement proposal budget range is $50,000 to $100,000.
- Efficiency Proposal Track Parameters: $100,000 to $400,000.
- Seeding Proposal Track Parameters: $50,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period of performance will begin in April 2021 and virtual exchange activities will be expected to begin no later than Fall 2021.
- Scaling Proposal Track Parameters: The period of performance of the grants will be 27 months, beginning April 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023.
- Efficiency Proposal Track Parameters: The period of performance of the grants will be 15 months, beginning April 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022. If they are being conducted successfully, Efficiency grants may be considered for renewal once for an additional 12 months, through June 30, 2023, based on a review to be conducted during spring 2022.
- Seeding Proposal Track Parameters: Seeding grants are 15 months, April 2021 through June 2022, and successful Seeding programs may be considered for a 12-month renewal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Stevens Initiative’s 2020 Virtual Exchange Grant Competition will award funding to schools, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Eligible Applicants:
- Applying organizations must be based in the United States or in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Applicants based in the United States must be tax-exempt non-profit organizations, including educational institutions. U.S. applicants in the process of registration must submit proof that they are seeking non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service at the time of submission. Should the applicant be selected for a grant, funding will be contingent on the organization receiving tax exempt status. 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-awardees 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.
- Fiscally sponsored organizations are eligible for funding; the application should be submitted by the fiscal sponsor and should make clear the arrangement between the fiscal sponsor and those carrying out the work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Event Description:
This webinar will discuss building a program budget using the Stevens Initiative’s template, the U.S. Government uniform guidance and allowable costs, and regulations for administering a federal award.
- Budget and Compliance: Thursday, August 27, 2020: 12-1pm Eastern Time

For more information and to sign up:
https://aspeninst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kcAHpogcT9inr4XShIcG6g

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Opens: Jul 27 2020 07:00 AM (EDT)
- Deadline: Oct 13 2020 05:00 PM (EDT)

View Recorded Webinar on the rules and eligibility of applying, competition priorities, and selection criteria for the 2020 Virtual Exchange Grant Competition.
https://www.stevensinitiative.org/event/webinar-2020-virtual-exchange-grant-competition-overview/

Budget and Compliance Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/cDLqYoyMevU

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://stevensinitiative.smapply.io/prog/stevens_initiative_2020_virtual_exchange_grant_competition/

Contact Page:
https://www.stevensinitiative.org/contact-us/

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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