It is easier to love humanity than to love one's neighbor. - Eric Hoffer

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain

We have developed a listing of funding agencies who provide support for various NIS related initiatives.


  • Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration *

    The ITA is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses, through funding programs, compete in the global marketplace including Russia and the NIS.

  • Nathan Cummings Foundation Grants Program *

    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.

  • National Science Foundation *

    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.

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization *

    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.

  • Open Society Institute Moscow *

    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:

    Other programs and organizations in Russia are also being financed by George Soros.

  • United States Information Agency (USIA) *

    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.

  • Eurasia Foundation *

    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.

  • Eurasia Foundation Moscow Regional Office *

    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.

  • Global Fund for Women *

    Established in 1987, this international grantmaking organization focuses on rights for women and provide funds for groups that are committed to women's well-being and full participation in society, encourage increased support worldwide for women's programs, provide leadership in promoting the importance of women's participation internationally and, give support to women's groups working on issues that are considered, emerging, controversial, or difficult. As is the only US-based organization that exclusively supports international women's rights, issues supported include literacy, domestic violence, economic autonomy, telecommunications and media, the international trafficking of women, all the while heightening awareness of their needs and strengths.

  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) *

    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 SOROS Organization *

    The network is made up of a group of foundations begun by George Soros. The National Foundations operate in 31 countries including Central Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe. Besides these foundations, there are the Network Programs operating through the Open Society Institutes in New York and Budapest which focus on the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. These cover areas such as the Internet, arts and culture, early childhood education, and health care and women's issues.

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) *

    Since 1961, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been charged with implementing programs which further American self-interest and demonstrate American humanitarian concern. Spending less than one half of one percent of the federal budget, USAID works in four interrelated areas crucial to achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives: improving health and population conditions; promoting economic growth; protecting the environment; and supporting democracy. In addition, USAID's assistance to victims of famine and other natural and man-made disasters saves thousands of lives every year. (USAID information is also available on a gopher site.)

  • U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) for the Independent States of the former Soviet Union *

    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.

  • Henry M. Jackson Foundation *

    The foundation limits human rights funding primarily to Russia, assisting groups involved in the transition from communism to democracy.

  • Trust for Mutual Understanding *

    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.

  • United States Institute of Peace (USIP) *

    The USIP, an independent, nonpartisan federal institution was created in 1984 in order to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. This is accomplished through a grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities.

  • W. Alton Jones Foundation *

    "The Foundation aims to advance international agreements for climate protection; provide renewable energy for rural communities in the developing world; and develop renewable urban energy policies in developing countries, including Russia and the Ukraine and the other newly independent statesof the former Soviet Union."

  • Youth For Understanding *

    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.

  • Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) *

    CIMO grants scholarships for young researchers (post-graduates/post-doctorates) from all countries in order to promote international cooperation in teaching and research. Special emphasis is laid on active participation and interaction with the research and teaching at the receiving institute.

  • Socio-Ecological Union's Environmental Funding Information *

    This site contains information about for funding environmental projects. (In Russian only.)

  • The Sabre Foundation, Inc. *

    This non-profit charitable organization is active in educational support to countries in the former Communist bloc. They are involved in a number of areas including the donation of learning materials since 1986. This ongoing activity has provided almost 3 million books, journals, videos and CD-ROMs to thousands of institutions and countless students, scientists, scholars, researchers, medical professionals, lawmakers etc. in the 16 countries it serves in Eastern Europe , the fSU and other transitional nations.

    The Library and Information Technology Services project (formerly TAP) provides electronic information tools and skills for their overseas constitutents. Initiatives involve different forms of Internet training, on-going referencing, information technology in library development in addition to telecommunications/Internt related equipment and books for selected institutions.


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