|We have to understand the world can only be grasped by action, not by comtemplation. The hand is more important than the eye....The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. - J. Bronowski|
We have developed a listing of funding agencies who provide support for various NIS related initiatives.
The ITA is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses, through funding programs, compete in the global marketplace including Russia and the NIS.
Centered in the Jewish tradition, the NCF's core programs include the arts, environment, health, Jewish life and interprogram. Interprogram includes three initiatives; democratic values, contemplative practice, and the nonprofit sector. The Foundation only makes international grants in specifically defined areas.
This independent government agency of the United States was established in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. It is a major provider of basic research funding in the USA with programs that may involve Russia and other countries of the fSU.
NATO and Russia are strengthening the peace bonds through a variety of cooperative funding programs such as the "Science for Peace" program. Information about recent charters signed with fSU countries can be found at http://www.nato.int/welcome/home.htm.
Formerly known as the International Science Foundation (ISF), the OSI Representative Office began its work in Russia in 1995. In 1997 George Soros announced his intention to donate $450 million for the next three years to Russia. New program directions were announced in 1998 in the following areas:
USIA is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the U.S. government. USIA explains and supports American foreign policy and promotes U.S. national interests through a wide range of overseas information programs. The agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other nations by conducting educational and cultural activities. With more than 200 posts in 143 countries, it is known as the U.S. Information Service (USIS).
Their website is divided into several sections including International Exchanges/Training, all of which are searchable. A listing of Open Request for Proposals listing is also an ongoing feature of their website. We are maintaining of list of current programs that are relative to Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
This privately managed foundation promotes democracy and free market institutions in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) by providing funding to small programs that further these ideals. Begun in 1993, the foundation awards grants totaling approximately $17 million yearly. Priority areas of funding are Business Development, Business Education and Management Training, Economics Education and Research, Public Administration and Local Government Reform, NGO Development, Rule of Law, Media, and Electronic Communications. Proposals, with the exception of competitions, are accepted at any time with the average award between $10,000 and $18,000.
They maintain a searchable grant database of over 1,750 grants that have been awarded.
This site (in Russian only) contains information about Eurasia Foundation programs and grants available in Russian Federation. You can also find a list and contact information for Eurasia Regional Offices in former Soviet Republics.
Established in 1987, this international grantmaking organization focuses on rights for women and provide funds for groups that are committed towomen's well-being and full participation in society, encourage increasedsupport worldwide for women's programs, provide leadership in promoting theimportance of women's participation internationally and, give support towomen's groups working on issues that are considered, emerging,controversial, or difficult. As is the only US-based organization thatexclusively supports international women's rights, issues supported includeliteracy, domestic violence, economic autonomy, telecommunications andmedia, the international trafficking of women, all the while heighteningawareness of their needs and strengths.
A non-profit organization founded in 1968, IREX's functions now include academic exchanges, professional training, institution building, technical assistance and policy programs with the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Mongolia and China. In short, although the programs cover a broad range of activities, all are aimed "at helping to develop civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia".
With the main headquarters in Washington, DC, there are field offices maintained throughout the above areas that not only conduct outreach activities for their programs but also provide services to IREX program participants and alumni.
We are maintaining a list of current IREX programs, grants and scholarships.
The network is made up of a group of foundations begun by George Soros.The National Foundationsoperate in 31 countries including Central Eurasia and Central and EasternEurope. Besides these foundations, there are the Network Programs operatingthrough the Open Society Institutes in New York and Budapest which focus onthe former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. These cover areassuch as the Internet, artsand culture, early childhood education, and health care and women's issues.
Since 1961, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has beencharged with implementing programs which further American self-interest anddemonstrate American humanitarian concern. Spending less than one half ofone percent of the federal budget, USAID works in four interrelated areascrucial to achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives: improving health andpopulation conditions; promoting economic growth; protecting theenvironment; and supporting democracy. In addition, USAID's assistance tovictims of famine and other natural and man-made disasters saves thousandsof lives every year. (USAID information is also available on a gophersite.)
This private, non-profit charitable organization was created by the U.S. Government in late 1995 to address the declining state of science and engineering in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The CRDF fosters opportunities for collaborative projects between researchers of the FSU and U.S. Research Grant Programs, Applied and Industry-Oriented Programs, Institution-Building Initiatives and Grant Assistance Programs are used to accomplish this.
The foundation limits human rights funding primarily toRussia, assisting groups involved in the transition fromcommunism to democracy.
Established in 1984 by an anonymous American benefactor, this organization is dedicataed to promoting improved communication, closer cooperation, and greater respect by providing grant support for cultural and environmental exchanges to US nonprofit organizations that are working in cooperation with institutions and individuals in Russia and other CEE countries.
The USIP, an independent, nonpartisan federal institution was created in1984 in order to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peacefulresolution of international conflict. This is accomplished through agrants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services,publications, and other educational activities.
"The Foundation aims to advance international agreements for climateprotection; provide renewable energy for rural communities inthe developing world; and develop renewable urban energypolicies in developing countries, including Russia and the Ukraine and the other newly independent statesof the formerSoviet Union."
Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange offers summer and year study abroad programs to Russia (and 30 other countries) for US high school students. There are also opportunities for US families to host Russian students.
CIMO grants scholarships for young researchers(post-graduates/post-doctorates) from all countries in orderto promote international cooperation in teaching andresearch. Special emphasis is laid on active participation andinteraction with the research and teaching at the receivinginstitute.
This site contains information about for funding environmental projects. (In Russian only.)
This non-profit charitable organization is active in educational support tocountries in the former Communist bloc. They are involved in a number ofareas including the donation of learning materials since 1986. This ongoing activity hasprovided almost 3 million books, journals, videos and CD-ROMs to thousandsof institutions and countless students, scientists, scholars, researchers,medical professionals, lawmakers etc. in the 16 countries it serves inEastern Europe , the fSU and other transitional nations.
The Library and InformationTechnology Services project (formerly TAP) provides electronicinformation tools and skills for their overseas constitutents. Initiativesinvolve different forms of Internet training, on-going referencing,information technology in library development in addition totelecommunications/Internt related equipment and books for selectedinstitutions.
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