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Sources of Funding in the Newly Independent States

COMPILED BY WORLD LEARNING INC. -- This information was compiled by Scott Altmann and Margot Mininni who drew on many resources, among them: The CDC Compendium, the Business Information Service for the NIS (BISNIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, USAID, and information sent to World Learning's NIS office.

The PVO/NIS Project realizes there are a lot of worthy projects still unfunded. Therefore, we would like to present a partial list of alternative funding sources. It is important to keep in mind that such data is meant to serve as a point of departure for your own research and is evolving and always subject to change.

The sources of funding for activities in the NIS are many and varied. Unless you know where to look and precisely what you are looking for it can be confusing. In fact, in an ever-changing NIS environment, it is hard to know where funding is with any precision. There are many PVOs looking to tap into funds in the sectors of health, the private sector, democratic reform, exchanges and training, and women's health. INTERACTION, an association of U.S. PVOs, is seeking to coordinate and concentrate funding priorities for the NGO community in these sectors. The following provides an overview of some of these groups, their activities, and where available the $ amount of grants they may be distributing.


Democratization The Eurasia Foundation
1527 New Hampshire, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 234-7370 phone
(202) 234-7377 fax
NIS Role: Economic and democratic reform. Funding: $16 million per year, $100,000-$125,000 grants to American organizations/ $1,000-$25,000 NIS organizations

The National Endowment for Democracy
1101 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 293-9072 phone
(202) 223-6042 fax
NIS Role: Strengthen free/democratic institutions through U.S. private institutions


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Public Information Office
5520 N. Magnolia Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640-1307
(312) 728-6996 phone
(312) 728-6886 fax
NIS Role: Support scientific and intellectual communities. Funding: $9 million, 3 years, initiated in 1992; research, work grants, some grants to Russian organizations

Pew Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street
Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-9050 phone
NIS Role: Improve quality of life; educational, advocacy, and research activities

Soros Foundation
888 7th Avenue, Ste 1901
New York, NY 10106
(212) 757-2323 phone
(212) 974-0367 fax
NIS Role: Improve quality of life; work in media, government, legal environment, and education

The Ford Foundation
320 E. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 573-5000 phone
(212) 599-4584 fax
NIS Role: Contribute to well-being of the public with funding for women's issues

Rockefeller Foundation
1133 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-8500 phone
NIS Role: Confront causes of human suffering; past grants for both environ- mental research and conference/workshop attenders

Civil Society Building

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
1200 Mott
Foundation Bldg.
Flint, MI 48502-1851
(313) 238-5651 phone
NIS Role: Quality of life issues; areas of environ- ment, institution building, political and economic reform

Rockefeller Bros. Fund
1290 Avenue of Americas
New York, NY 10104
(212) 373-4200 phone
(212) 315-0996 fax
NIS Role: Improve quality of life; promote global interdependence

Small Business Development

The Fund for Democracy and Development
2033 M St., NW Ste. 506
Washington, DC 20036
NIS Role: Credit to small businesses and training to commercial banks; assist defense related conversion

Human Rights

Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
218 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-1137 phone
NIS Role: human rights through areas of democratic development, refugee support


Smith Richardson Foundation
60 Jessup Street
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 222-6222 phone
(203) 222-6282 fax
NIS Role: Grants to influence public policy and international affairs

John Merck Fund
11 Beacon Street
Suite 1230
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 723-2932 phone
NIS Role: promote disarmament, support Helsinki watch. Funding: grants from $500 to $775,000


ISAR (formerly the Institute for Soviet-American Relations)
1601 Connecticut, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-3034 phone
(202) 667-3291 fax
NIS Role: Environmental protection. Funding: Sowing the Seeds of Democracy, $1 million: small discretionary grants; Joining Forces for the Environment, $1 million: up to $75,000 per grant

Women's Rights

Global Fund for Women
2480 Sand Hill Rd.,
Suite 100
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(415) 854-0420 phone
(415) 854-8050 fax
NIS Role: Women's Projects. Funding: $500 to $10,000 grants to NIS organizations

Economy Building

The World Bank Group
Room H 2007
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
(202) 473-8261 phone
Attn: Mr. Westen
NIS Role: Financial and tech. assistance; opportunities for U.S. companies

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
(44) 71-338-6569 phone
(44) 71-338-6487 fax
NIS Role: Democracy building; advice, loans, debt guarantees

US Government


U.S. Dept. of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT)
Room 3413
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-0073 phone
(202) 482-2443 fax
NIS Role: U.S. market development/business promotion; intern placement in U.S.

ALSO Consortia of American Businesses in the NIS (CABNIS)
200 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-1080 phone
(301) 652-0141 phone
NIS Role: Foster U.S. commercial presence through business consortia Funding: $500,000 grants

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of International Trade, Room 6114
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
800 827-5722 phone
(202) 205-7064 fax
NIS Role: Assistance to U.S. businesses to develop export markets

Economy Building

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
1100 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20527 (202) 336-8799 phone
800-424-6742 phone
(202) 408-9589 fax
NIS Role: Economic growth through U.S. private investment; loans, investment insurance/ services, project development

Export Import Bank
ExImbank of the US
811 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20571
(202) 535-9664 phone
(202) 566-7524 fax (Insurance)
(202) 566-8208 phone
(202) 566-7524 fax (Guarantees and loans)
NIS Role: Insurance and loans to banks and enterprises to promote U.S. exports

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
SA-16, Rm. 309
Washington, DC 20523 (703) 875-4357 phone
(703) 875-4009 fax
NIS Role: Grants for U.S. exports which promote major development projects Sectors: oil and gas, transportation, defense conversion, health, power plants and distribution systems, electronics

Civil Society/ Democracy/ Media Relations

U.S. Information Agency
USIA, Rm. 751
301 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20547
(202) 619-5057 phone
(202) 619-5958 fax
NIS Role: Democratic reform via exchanges, internships, training activities, and information projects. Funding: FY '94 figures unavailable at this time, however in FY '93 $97.35 million allotted of which $40 million came from Freedom Support Act National Endowment for the Arts, International Activities Office
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Rm 528
Washington, DC 20506
(202) 682-5422 phone
(202) 682-5602 fax
NIS Role: Promote U.S. artists and art groups through international exchange

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Washington, DC 20250
(202) 720-4274 phone
(202) 690-0727 fax
NIS Role: Commercial export and food aid programs through loan guarantees, some monetization programs, etc; promote agriculture

U.S. Dept. of Defense
(202) 783-3238 (CBD for contracts announcements)
NIS Role: nuclear dis- mantlement; aid to demobilized soldiers/ families, housing, defense conversion, job retraining. Funding: $979 million (FY '93 supplemental)

U.S. Agency for International Development
A.I.D./NIS Task Force
320 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20523
(202) 647-9950 phone
NIS Role: React to political/ econ. change in developing democracies. Funding: $2.5 billion total of which $704 million FY '94 and $1.8 billion FY '93 (supplemental)


Office of Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance (A.I.D.)

Don Eller (202) 736-6481 Alan Silva (202) 647-7614

Office of Energy, Environment, and Technology (A.I.D.)

Energy $254 million Contact: Edvard Markset (202) 736-4405

Environment $73 million Contact: James Bever (202) 736-4407, Energy- Environment, Commodity Import Program $125 million

Office of Economic Restructuring (A.I.D.)

Economic Restructuring $50 million, Contact: Jane Barden (202) 647-2808

Housing $190 million Trade and Investment $365 million, Contact: Raghawendra Dwivdey (202) 647-2809

Office of Private Sector Initiatives (A.I.D.)

Private Sector $425 million Contact: Greg Huger (202) 736-4410

Privatization $125 million Hans Shrader (202) 736-4806

Enterprise Fund $250 million, Contact: Jean Hacken (202) 736-4414

Office of Democratic Initiatives, Health, and Human Resources(A.I.D.) Special Initiatives $151 million, Contacts: Regina Coleman, (202) 647-5876 Bryant George (202)736-4264

Health $109 million Women's Health Initiative $10 million, Contact: Lee Hougen (202) 736-7760

Democratic Reform $82 million, Contact: Kris Loken (202) 736-4267

Exchanges and Training (A.I.D.) $225 million Contact: Thomas Chapman (202) 647-7751

Food Systems (A.I.D.) $48 million Contact: Loretta Williams (202) 736-4418


For foundations contact: the Citizens Democracy Corps (CDC), (202) 872-0933 or 1-800-394-1945; or The Foundation Center, (202) 331-1400 (DC), (212) 620-4230 (NY)

The BISNIS hot line for those interested in area business developments (202) 482-4655. Bids and contracts advertised in Commerce Business Daily (CBD) (202) 783-3238

This information was compiled by Scott Altmann and Margot Mininni who drew on many resources, among them: The CDC Compendium, the Business Information Service for the NIS (BISNIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, USAID, and information sent to World Learning's NIS office.

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